An astonishing 80 million people in our world suffer from forced displacement due to war, persecution, abject poverty and human rights violations, a number that has been growing for years. Among the international responses to the plight of people on the move have been those of artists, including musicians. For people stranded in camps or centers, and people adjusting to new environments, music can be a powerful way to express feelings and to connect with others. Yet working with people in highly vulnerable situations asks for a broad range of skills, not only musicianship.
Drawing on 20 years of experience in conflict regions around the world, Musicians Without Borders has developed an approach to using the power of music in communities experiencing the impact of displacement.
The Music Leadership Summit is an opportunity to share this expertise with musicians and music professionals eager to make a difference and work towards social change in their personal and professional communities. The summit offers a program that combines training and advocacy, focused on building connections and solidarity through music in the context of a world with a growing population on the move.