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On January 21, an online signing ceremony launched our new collaboration with musicians and organizations in Jordan, with support from the Japanese Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai.

Al-Musiqa Tajm’ana – ‘Music Brings Us Together’ – brings Musicians Without Borders’ inclusive approach to existing music projects reaching marginalized children, both from refugee and host communities.

Caritas Jordan, whose ‘Music for Peace’ program brings music to children in Amman and other Jordanian cities, is our main local partner. The project will also welcome other organizations working through the arts for the country’s most vulnerable children.

Our regional program manager Middle East, Fabienne van Eck, will work closely with Caritas’ music consultant, Tareq Jundi, in developing and delivering a training series for Jordan-based musicians and music students with interest in engaging with projects with high social impact.

The project’s first in-person training is planned for April 2021, while contingency plans are prepared for possible online alternatives if the restrictions caused by the pandemic require. The launch brought together representatives of Caritas Jordan, Soka Gakkai, Musicians Without Borders and MOMRI, the Tokyo based peace and music research organization who introduced Musicians Without Borders to Soka Gakkai in 2018, when our director Laura Hassler was a keynote speaker at MOMRI’s annual conference.