Established in May 1999 by founder and director Laura Hassler, and registered as a charitable foundation in 2000, Musicians Without Borders is the world’s pioneer in using music for peacebuilding and social change.
Laura mobilized her network of socially conscious musicians to create an organization dedicated to using music to bridge divides, connect communities and heal the wounds of war. The organization’s first long term project, the Music Bus, brought music, dance, and theater to children in Srebrenica and its neighboring towns and refugee camps.
Following the success of the Music Bus, Musicians Without Borders was invited to conferences and cultural events in Kosovo and in Palestine, which would later lead to two of its founding programs, the Mitrovica Rock School and Palestine Community Music. In the years that followed, Musicians Without Borders expanded to include programs in Central Eastern Africa, Central America, and Europe.
Today, Musicians Without Borders engages with artists, social activists, and communities worldwide. We share expertise as we work to enable musicians to be advocates, activists, teachers, and performers, with the message: War Divides, Music Connects.
Safety is a guiding principle that steers our work with communities affected by war and armed conflict: to ensure a safe space for everyone who participates in our programs.
This section covers our policy on Anti-Corruption
All MWB personnel, volunteers, associates and guests are required to read this entire document carefully, sign and return to Musicians Without Borders.
Information on Stichting Musicians Without Borders’ Public Benefit Organization status (Dutch: ANBI status)