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Why Music?
We use music as a tool to build connections, foster empathy and shape communities. Studies have shown that music is a powerful tool that can influence behavior, shape culture and strengthen social bonds. We use music as a means to address the needs of societies divided and affected by conflict.

Mission

To use the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war.

Vision

To inspire people worldwide to engage as peacemakers and use music to transform lives.
Our work
Programs
Where We Work

Musicians Without Borders programs impact thousands of young people every day through music. Working in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, we work closely with local musicians and organizations to build sustainable projects in response to local needs.

We are currently active in Kosovo, Palestine, Greece, Northern Ireland, Germany, Rwanda, Uganda, El Salvador, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Western Balkans

Music Connects brings together youth from ex-Yugoslavia’s divided communities through a shared love of rock music.

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Palestine

We train young Palestinians to become music workshop leaders for children in camps and isolated villages in the West Bank.

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Rwanda

Together with local musicians and organizations, we deliver Community Music Leadership training, outreach programs, music therapy, and large music events for families.

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Northern Ireland

A multi-year collaborative project to create sustainable community music programs within Northern Ireland’s divided communities.

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Uganda

Training youth leaders to use the power of music to address the effects of HIV in young people.

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Europe

Bringing comfort, solidarity and hope to war refugees through music.

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El Salvador

Together with Salvadoran music teachers and community leaders, we share tools to give children at-risk feelings of safety, inclusion, creativity and joy.

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Background

El Salvador is a country that suffered a brutal civil war from 1980 to 1992. Today in El Salvador, many years after ‘peace’ was declared, inequality, fear and violence still prevail.

We have partnered with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education of El Salvador, as part of a national program to build capacities for teachers in peacebuilding.

Community Music Leadership Training

We are training 35 Salvadoran music teachers and community facilitators to become community music leaders, and use music as a tool to promote inclusion and social harmony.

The training is based on our Community Music Leadership training that has been developed and delivered in Central-East Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Following an assessment visit in March, our team has further developed and adapted the program to the local needs in El Salvador.

For more information about the program, please contact [email protected]

Blog / News
July 8, 2019
Enjoy this look at our activities and work throughout the world in 2018.
April 2, 2019
Welcome to the Director's Blog, reflecting on 20 years of peacebuilding through music.
December 3, 2018
Our second 'story of light' comes from Miguel Ortega, Program Manager of Soy Música, as he shares how the program aims to bring social change and break the cycle of violence in El Salvador.
April 26, 2018
A small piece of the story of Musicians without Borders' work can be told...
Photos
February 20, 2018
We're back in El Salvador for the third training week in our program Soy...
November 28, 2017
This week, we began the second phase of our Soy Música training in El...
August 22, 2017
We are training 35 music teachers and community facilitators in community...
April 23, 2017
In March we were invited by Unicef El Salvador and the Ministerio de Educacion...
How We Work

Music is an integral part of human nature. It has the potential to connect and bring people together. We use music as a tool to alleviate the disastrous effects and causes of war and mass violence, collaborating with organizations and change-makers globally so together we can:

  • Create long-term programs that respond to the true contexts and needs of people’s lives
  • Train musicians and community leaders to effect nonviolent change
  • Advocate for peace

On the ground, this can sound like rock music, Burundian drumming, rap music, a cello sonata, or a stick hitting the bottom of a bucket. It’s not up to us to decide what the music will sound like. Our role is to create access to music-making that is guided by our working principles of safety, inclusion, equality, creativity, and quality. This approach opens a musical space that enables people to communicate and share. It defines how we work.

Guiding Principles

Learn more about our core values and the 5 principles of our methodology.

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Community Music

Community music-making is based on working together to create music, giving each participant the opportunity to develop his/her own musical potential within the context of a supportive group environment.

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Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

Monitoring, evaluation, and learning protocols for all Musicians without Borders’ programs are informed by our Theory of Change.

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Training
Training Overview

Musicians Without Borders offers several types of training for professionals in community music leadership. Based on our working principles and methodology, our trainings are based on expertise developed from working in current and post-conflict regions.

Please see our current course listings for upcoming trainings.

Introductory Course

A 2 day introductory course to Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.

Training of Workshop Leaders

A 4 day practical course to expand the knowledge and skills in community music leadership.

Training of Trainers

A 6 day in-depth course to gain skills and experience in facilitating training for community music leaders.

Welcome Notes Training

Trainings for musicians who wish to work with refugee communities in Europe.

External & Tailored Trainings

We offer external and tailored trainings and/or workshops in community music for organizations, business, conferences and universities. To discuss your specific requirements, please contact [email protected]

Testimonials
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The sessions helped me develop and adapt my professional skills in musical leadership while also offering profound insights on the connection between trauma, the power of music, how to regain confidence, intrinsic value, and self-efficiency.
Robert Pakleppa
Germany
Robert Pakleppa
Germany
The sessions helped me develop and adapt my professional skills in musical leadership while also offering profound insights on the connection between trauma, the power of music, how to regain confidence, intrinsic value, and self-efficiency.
The ToT made me a richer human being. Meeting the trainers and participants was inspiring, motivating and taught me a lot about nonviolence, respect, and creativity. I can’t wait to actively use these skills to contribute to community music workshops and spread the wonderful ideas/principles of Musicians Without Borders.
Cheryl Freeze
The Netherlands
Cheryl Freeze
The Netherlands
The ToT made me a richer human being. Meeting the trainers and participants was inspiring, motivating and taught me a lot about nonviolence, respect, and creativity. I can’t wait to actively use these skills to contribute to community music workshops and spread the wonderful ideas/principles of Musicians Without Borders.
My participation in the ToT allowed me to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to use music as a tool for nonviolence and healing. Being in the early stages of my career, it was extremely encouraging to see that a full-time profession in this truly meaningful nature of work can be a reality.
Verena Lourenço
South Africa
Verena Lourenço
South Africa
My participation in the ToT allowed me to gain the knowledge and confidence needed to use music as a tool for nonviolence and healing. Being in the early stages of my career, it was extremely encouraging to see that a full-time profession in this truly meaningful nature of work can be a reality.
The ToT week provided me with one of the richest & most powerful learning experiences of my musical career. The quality of the workshop content was outstanding, covering a wide spectrum of relevant subject matter and delivered in an engaging and enjoyable manner by experienced trainers.
Raymond Considine
Ireland
Raymond Considine
Ireland
The ToT week provided me with one of the richest & most powerful learning experiences of my musical career. The quality of the workshop content was outstanding, covering a wide spectrum of relevant subject matter and delivered in an engaging and enjoyable manner by experienced trainers.
What an incredible experience! The workshop expanded my understanding of what it means to be creative. Thank you for helping me see music ABSOLUTELY can inspire and multiply ethical responsibility in community.
Jungin Hwang
Korea
Jungin Hwang
Korea
What an incredible experience! The workshop expanded my understanding of what it means to be creative. Thank you for helping me see music ABSOLUTELY can inspire and multiply ethical responsibility in community.

Music is powerful – fun and humorous as well as compassionate and spiritually healing. Thank you for stretching the muscles of my boundary of definition of music and musical creativity. A GOOD workout for my mind-body-and-soul. And the wonderful synergy of the loving and daring music healers that I spent a week with! Thank you all for the creative wisdom and musical wit shared.

Thank you so much for the brilliant Training of Trainers week. I have come home feeling inspired, and energised, full of enthusiasm and ideas for new possibilities.
Valerie Whitworth
Together One Voice Choir, Northern Ireland
Valerie Whitworth
Together One Voice Choir, Northern Ireland
Thank you so much for the brilliant Training of Trainers week. I have come home feeling inspired, and energised, full of enthusiasm and ideas for new possibilities.

I found the training, extremely well paced, very thorough, and really useful.  With 360 degree teaching that built layer upon layer, with ever new depth and understanding as the week went on. Many thanks to the excellent facilitators, organisers for holding the space for us all with great care and integrity, and to all of the other participants for such a rich and invaluable experience. Big thumbs up for Akoesticum, what a beautiful environment to work rest and play in.

This has been an intensely uplifting experience. I admire and appreciate so much the effort, dedication and passion that the team put into the course.
Sarah Nichols
Music Teacher & Artistic Director, Modern Troubadours, Barcelona
Sarah Nichols
Music Teacher & Artistic Director, Modern Troubadours, Barcelona
This has been an intensely uplifting experience. I admire and appreciate so much the effort, dedication and passion that the team put into the course.

I am still in awe at how much we have done and learnt in such little time. This training has given me so much, both on a professional and personal level, and I will carry the knowledge I gained everywhere I go. My advice to anyone who is thinking of doing it – go with an open mind and heart and with a thirst to learn and grow.

The unique opportunity to spend time training intensively with MwB has hugely enriched my knowledge and experience of workshop facilitation. A group of talented and creative people working in the field were selected to come together to exchange tried and tested methods of bringing communities and people together through music. I am so pleased to have been a part of this special gift.
Jude Winwood
Creative Director, BeatFeet – Rhythm for Life, United Kingdom
Jude Winwood
Creative Director, BeatFeet – Rhythm for Life, United Kingdom
The unique opportunity to spend time training intensively with MwB has hugely enriched my knowledge and experience of workshop facilitation. A group of talented and creative people working in the field were selected to come together to exchange tried and tested methods of bringing communities and people together through music. I am so pleased to have been a part of this special gift.
From my experience, every aspect (mission – content – people – continuity) of the first “Training of Trainers” in July 2015 with Musicians Without Borders was absolutely wonderful!
Brian Wittman
Founder & Director, Maui Xaphoon International
Brian Wittman
Founder & Director, Maui Xaphoon International
From my experience, every aspect (mission – content – people – continuity) of the first “Training of Trainers” in July 2015 with Musicians Without Borders was absolutely wonderful!

To break it down:

Musicians Without Borders uses the power of music to connect communities, bridge divides, and heal the wounds of war and conflict.”  This is the basic statement that inspired all of us to apply, and the participants selected (from all around the world) turned out to be the most compassionate, talented, and energetic music people one could possibly imagine!  The content was very well thought out from the beginning, and was also adjusted throughout the event to reflect the ongoing dynamics.  The result was a living collective organism undergoing rapid and joyous growth towards individual and group empowerment.   The presenters brought deep experience, proven skills, and an openness of spirit that testified in every way to the integrity of the organization and its purpose. I have every expectation that the human relationships created in these amazing five days will continue to support and delight me for a lifetime.

The training from Musicians Without Borders was generous, informative, inspiring, creative and intensive. The material was thoroughly and thoughtfully prepared to give meaningful content at many levels so that everyone could benefit, no matter what kind of work they do.
Cindy Dymond
Conflict Resolution Specialist, Canada
Cindy Dymond
Conflict Resolution Specialist, Canada
The training from Musicians Without Borders was generous, informative, inspiring, creative and intensive. The material was thoroughly and thoughtfully prepared to give meaningful content at many levels so that everyone could benefit, no matter what kind of work they do.

It was also delivered by dedicated workshop leaders with a variety of styles and approaches combining theory and practice, listening and doing. They gave us so much to think about! I’m really excited to imagine all the ways I can bring what I learned from MwB into my own work with conflict and community music.

Attending the Training of Trainers was the best decision I could have made! A week full of inspiration, sharing, learning, growing, exploring and music. The philosophy, integrity and authenticity of Musicians without Borders was present in every workshop and every conversation I had. I'm very thankful for this rich experience and for meeting such wonderful and amazing people from all over the world!
Carina Dengler
Germany
Carina Dengler
Germany
Attending the Training of Trainers was the best decision I could have made! A week full of inspiration, sharing, learning, growing, exploring and music. The philosophy, integrity and authenticity of Musicians without Borders was present in every workshop and every conversation I had. I'm very thankful for this rich experience and for meeting such wonderful and amazing people from all over the world!
In this training I discovered much about myself as a music workshop leader and as a trainer, learned to consider the possibilities and impact of musical interaction on a new level, and explored all that with fellow trainees. The training and the connectivity with similar-minded musicians was 'food for the soul' as music should be, and I am filled with gratitude for this experience!
Sylvia Mannaerts
The Netherlands
Sylvia Mannaerts
The Netherlands
In this training I discovered much about myself as a music workshop leader and as a trainer, learned to consider the possibilities and impact of musical interaction on a new level, and explored all that with fellow trainees. The training and the connectivity with similar-minded musicians was 'food for the soul' as music should be, and I am filled with gratitude for this experience!
I love that this project and your fantastic work attracted so many like-minded professionals from across the globe to share and create together.
Isabel Emerson
Open Strings Music, UK
Isabel Emerson
Open Strings Music, UK
I love that this project and your fantastic work attracted so many like-minded professionals from across the globe to share and create together.
'My experience with the Musicians Without Borders ‘Training of Trainers’ project that took place in July 2015 was remarkable. For one week, 28 people from around the globe were given the opportunity to deeply explore the positive outcomes that music-making, active listening and creative dialogue have to offer. I feel that both my personal and professional life has been greatly enhanced through this opportunity.
Amanda Koser Gillespie
Second Line NI, Northern Ireland
Amanda Koser Gillespie
Second Line NI, Northern Ireland
'My experience with the Musicians Without Borders ‘Training of Trainers’ project that took place in July 2015 was remarkable. For one week, 28 people from around the globe were given the opportunity to deeply explore the positive outcomes that music-making, active listening and creative dialogue have to offer. I feel that both my personal and professional life has been greatly enhanced through this opportunity.

I found that while working in (music) education and peace building, my emotional and pedagogical tools begin to show their wear and tear over time. I have participated in other projects with MWB that have helped to restock some of the tools needed so that I may continue working in this field. I firmly believe that I need to understand what I am using, how I am using it and where it came from. The ‘Training of Trainers’ allowed me to walk into the woods, plant the seeds, cultivate the growth and reshape the tools I can pass on to others the way some were passed onto to me. This was an opportunity for me to share as much as it was to learn and everything I do from this point on will benefit from it.

Thank you, Musicians Without Borders for the great opportunity to be part of the Training of Trainers. For me it was a week full of valuable, practical information and experiences as well as an amazing network of people from all over the world sharing similar values, visions and fields of work, joining forces and knowledge for building a better future through the power of music.
Maryana Golovchenko
Ukraine/The Netherlands
Maryana Golovchenko
Ukraine/The Netherlands
Thank you, Musicians Without Borders for the great opportunity to be part of the Training of Trainers. For me it was a week full of valuable, practical information and experiences as well as an amazing network of people from all over the world sharing similar values, visions and fields of work, joining forces and knowledge for building a better future through the power of music.

A perfectly balanced program that includes both theory and practice. For my work, I am sure it will help spread the ideas to my country, Ukraine, that is currently also in conflict as well as develop our work with Syrian refugee children and adults in the framework of our ongoing project Global Week for Syria. Empower, trust, create, connect, dare, inspire, shine and lead – this is what the training is all about.

Two weeks after this training, I am still walking on air. It was an unexpected surprise, this training. So many new games, pedagogical new insights about teaching non verbally.
Nicoline Snaas
The Netherlands
Nicoline Snaas
The Netherlands
Two weeks after this training, I am still walking on air. It was an unexpected surprise, this training. So many new games, pedagogical new insights about teaching non verbally.

Understanding more and more about teaching profoundly in conflict zones. Meeting all these great musicians from all over the world. Talking, sharing ideas and creativity, jamming. A big hurrah and chapeau to Musicians without Borders for organising this first training with all these experienced and wonderful trainers who already dare to work in conflict areas! Very inspiring!!

Course Listing

Musicians Without Borders offers professional training in community music leadership based on our working principles and expertise developed from years of working in current and post-conflict regions. Below is an overview of upcoming trainings by and with Musicians Without Borders.

For more information please contact Meagan Hughes at: [email protected]

Training of Workshop Leaders

A practical course in community music leadership based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology. This course deepens participants’ knowledge and skills in leading music workshops with groups of any size and age, making a connection between musical activities and MWB’s five principles of group work: Safety, Inclusion, Equality, Creativity, and Quality.

The course covers pedagogical, didactic and musical skills, offering hands-on experience in leading activities, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting.

Duration: 24 hour course | 4 days

Dates: 21-24 February 2020 (arrival on evening of 20 February)

Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands

Cost: €795

APPLY

Deadline: 15 December 2019 for first round applications

View the MWB Training of Workshop Leaders 2019 Program

(2020 program to be published soon)

Training of Trainers

An in-depth course to gain skills in training community music leaders based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology. This course covers the skills and knowledge needed to train others in leading community music workshops. We will examine our training methodology in relation to MWB’s 5 principles as well as explore concepts related to nonviolence and trauma awareness. We will practice facilitating training sessions that cover didactic, pedagogic and musical skills.

Duration: 36 hours | 6 days

Dates: October 2020 (TBD)

Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands

Cost: €1,195

Applications now closed until 2020

View the 2019 Program

FAQs

Have a question about a training? Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

What are the learning objectives of Musicians Without Borders' training programs?

Our training programs share the knowledge and skills of Musicians Without Borders’ trainers with individuals from a variety of musical levels and backgrounds who are actively involved or wish to be involved in different programs combining music and social change. Participants will deepen their leadership skills while exploring concepts related to creativity, improvisation, and nonviolence. They will learn how to facilitate music workshops that strengthen communities through bridging divides and creating empathic connections between people within an inclusive and safe environment.

Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to use music as a tool for inclusion and bridging divides within various community settings;
  • Participants will gain a clear understanding of the concept of nonviolence and will be able to carry out this philosophy in practical activities;
  • Participants will be able to adapt pedagogical and didactic forms of working that are based on creating a safe environment;
  • Specific to our Training of Trainers: Participants will be able to lead a training for workshop leaders informed by the principles of Musicians Without Borders.
What kind of experience should a trainee have in order to participate?

We offer training for various levels of experience, both to non-musicians and musicians who are active as workshop leaders, teachers or social activists and wish to develop their knowledge of using music as a tool for peace-building and social change. Trainees must be able to demonstrate empathic sensitivity and active listening skills, which are key elements of fostering positive relationships within a group based on an ethos of mutual respect.

For our Workshop Leader Training and our Training of Trainers courses, trainees need to have a high degree of musicianship with the ability to simplify and break down the elements of music making. This is necessary in order to lead and teach workshop participants at any level of musicianship.

What does the content of the training focus on?

Our training programs address skills across four subject areas: pedagogical, didactic, musical, and workshop leadership.

Pedagogical skills refer to the behavior and attitude of the workshop leader. Strong pedagogical skills can enhance emotional and social well-being, receptiveness of participants, and feeling of safety within the group. These are crucial in (post) conflict areas. The workshop leader uses didactic skills to transfer knowledge and build competence within the group. This refers to the how of leadership. Workshop leadership skills define the preparation needed to carry out a workshop. This involves the preparation of the structure and content of the workshop, ensuring optimal environmental conditions, and taking an inventory of the materials needed.

We focus on how to use music as a tool for peace-building and social change. We do not provide musical instruction per se, rather we use musical activities such as drum circle facilitation, singing, movement, songwriting, and improvisation in order to illustrate and fully utilize the power of music and nurture a culture of nonviolence.

Our Training of Trainers prepares participants to be able to train other workshop leaders using these principles.

Which target groups do the training content address?

Musicians Without Borders trains (adult) workshop leaders to work predominantly with children and young adults and teach others to do so as well, with the understanding that introducing skills related to cooperative music making and nonviolence at a young age can help to influence social change across generations. While some activities that we use in the training are child-oriented, we encourage our trainees to think creatively to adapt these activities for their own target groups through small group work. We also see the inherent value of playfulness that is embedded in these activities as useful skill sets to explore across age groups, encouraging creativity, helping to construct valuable problems-solving skills and building empathy among participants.

How does MWB view the nature of their work as relating to peace-building and social change, particular to conflict regions?

Musicians Without Borders grounds its approach to peace-building in the conviction that, while cultural differences often come to play a role in war and armed conflict, they are almost never the real root of the conflict, but often the tools of those who benefit from the conflict.

While we often work in places that have been divided along ‘ethnic’ or ‘cultural’ lines, ‘intercultural dialogue’, as it is usually understood, is not part of the practice of Musicians Without Borders. The idea of ‘intercultural dialogue’ implies that the problems of post-war communities have their roots in cultural differences and can be addressed by bringing representatives of the different ‘cultures’ into contact and engaging them in conversation with each other.

To support processes of re-connection without identifying people by ethnic or cultural labels, Musicians Without Borders works to create a neutral musical space in which participants can both identify themselves and relate to each other primarily through music. We take their talents, passions, and potentials seriously and offer them real chances for musical growth and creative development, contact, and connection with individuals they may not otherwise have the chance to meet. We then trust the music to do its work and leave it to them to choose whether, and how, to meet ‘the other’ outside the musical space. What we invariably see is friendships emerging, along with empowerment and a feeling of relief at not being primarily defined by ethnicity, religion or culture.

Is there research or publications that further describe MWB's work?

Yes! Visit our Resources & Publications page to learn more.

Will I have the opportunity to work with MWB after the training?

The contexts in which Musicians without Borders work are often fragile and challenging. Resources can be limited, and the difficulties faced by people can be extreme. The trust that has been developed with our partners and their beneficiaries is vital, and the well-being of participants in our programs is always our primary concern. When we do have occasional openings in our international projects, we have to consider any placement of personnel very carefully. Therefore, only a select number of training participants may have the opportunity to work as a ‘trainer intern’ within one of our programs. This consideration would be based on a mutual fit between the skill sets of the individual and the needs of the program and would be on a voluntary basis.

In what ways has the training program benefited previous participants?

Click here to read testimonials and see what past training participants have to say about our courses.

Are there scholarships available for the training?

Participants are encouraged to seek out funding sources within their own communities or organizations to cover the cost of participation, however, a limited number of scholarships may be available on request.

We recommend the following funding resources supporting artist mobility:

The Prins Claus Ticket Fund supports travel costs for cultural professionals living in developing countries. Applications must be sent 8 weeks prior to travel. N.B. The fund will open again in February 2019.

STEP Beyond Travel Grants are designed for up-and-coming artists and cultural workers to travel between EU and EFTA (European Free Trade Association), and countries bordering the EU. Priority is given to individuals who are under 35 years old and/or who are in the first 10 years of their career. Applications must be submitted 60 days prior to travel.

The Asia-Europe Foundation offers travel grants between Asia and Europe for arts professionals. Applications must be submitted 45 days prior to travel.

Other funding advice can be found via the following websites:

TransArtists 

On the Move

Artists at Risk Connection

For further questions, contact Meagan Hughes at: [email protected]

Advocacy
Art27

art27 is a platform for artists, arts educators and arts organizations working with refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.

Officially announced on June 20th, 2017, World Refugee Day, the platform seeks to:

connect & network

art27 organizes gatherings of socially engaged artists and arts organizations in Europe, to share expertise and forge collaborations.

share & promote

art27 collects and openly shares resources and knowledge with all who wish to use art to contribute to a welcoming, inclusive Europe.

advocate & influence

art27 seeks to impact the public narrative on war, refugees and migration. We aim to counter fear and xenophobia and promote social inclusion through participatory arts projects, arts education, community arts initiatives, exhibits, installations and performances.

Read more about Art27 at: http://art27.art

Resources & Publications

Musicians Without Borders has resources for staff, partners, donors and the public.

Music Manuals

Music Workshop Leader’s Manual

Musicians Without Borders

Sounds of Peace Music Workshop Manual

Peace One Day & Musicians Without Borders

 

Speaking Engagements

Musicians Without Borders Founder and Director, Laura Hassler, speaks at many events around the world. Born and raised in New York, Laura has been active in US civil rights and peace movements from an early age. Laura studied cultural anthropology and music and later worked for social change organizations in the US and Europe.

Laura moved to the Netherlands in 1977, where she developed a career as a musician, linking music to social causes, and specializing in cultural diversity in the arts. Laura has been recognized for her vision and leadership as the recipient of the Reijer Jan Zwaan Culture Prize, Coornhert Prize, Joke Blom Award and the Arabella Carter Award.

To book Laura for a speaking engagement, please contact [email protected]

MWB Ambassadors
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I would like to help Musicians without Borders increase their visibility; I know like no other how music can move people and therefore I find the work these musicians do extremely important. In the future I will visit the projects of Musicians without Borders, perform at (benefit) concerts and hopefully share my own experience in masterclasses.
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Soprano
Eva-Maria Westbroek
Soprano
I would like to help Musicians without Borders increase their visibility; I know like no other how music can move people and therefore I find the work these musicians do extremely important. In the future I will visit the projects of Musicians without Borders, perform at (benefit) concerts and hopefully share my own experience in masterclasses.

Eva-Maria Westbroek studied at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague from 1988 to 1995. Her vocal teachers included Iris Adami Corradetti and the American tenor James McCray. She made her operatic debut at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1994 as Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. She was a prize winner at an international competition in Rome, which allowed her to sing the role of Tosca at age 25. She also was a laureate at the Angelica Catalani Concours and the Santa Maria Ligure Concours.

In 2001, Westbroek secured a 5-year contract as a company member of the Staatsoper Stuttgart. Her roles in Stuttgart included Carlotta (Schreker, Die Gezeichneten), Tosca, Emilia Marty (Janáček, Věc Makropulos, Desdemona (Verdi, Otello), Donna Anna (Mozart, Don Giovanni), Giulietta (Offenbach, Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Marie (Smetana, The Bartered Bride) and The Duchess of Parma (Busoni, Doktor Faust). In 2006, at the end of her work in Stuttgart, she was given the title of Kammersängerin der Staatsoper Stuttgart.

In 2003, Westbroek debuted at the Salzburger Festspiele as Agave in a concert performance of Egon Wellesz’ Die Bakchantinnen. In 2004, she debuted at the Opéra Bastille as Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. Her debut at De Nederlandse Opera was as Katerina Izmailova in Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. This performance was commercially recorded for DVD release, and Westbroek won first prize from the Dutch VSCD Classical Music in the category “most impressive individual artistic achievement” for this performance. She repeated this role in her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London in October 2006. In 2008, she won the Grand Prix Antoine Livio of the Presse Musicale Internationale.

In her first world premiere production, Westbroek created the role of Anna Nicole Smith in the February 2011 Royal Opera premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole at Covent Garden.

Westbroek made her Metropolitan Opera debut on April 22, 2011 singing the role of Sieglinde in the premiere of a new production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” directed by Robert Lapage.

Westbroek’s commercial recordings include Bohuslav Martinu’s Julietta, in the title role, for VMS Music Treasures, and three productions of Wagner’s Die Walküre as Sieglinde with Bayreuth, Frankfurt, and Aix en Provence on CD and DVD. She is also featured in a DVD recording (Opus Arte) of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West as Minnie, her own acknowledged favourite role.

Other recentlly released DVDs include Anna Nicole, Elektra from Strauss at the Salzburger festspiele 2010 and the role of Georgetta in il Tabarro in Puccini’s Trittico.

In a world of polarization and escalating conflicts, Musicians Without Borders plays a unique, harmonizing role. MwB works with people suffering from the effects of war, inspiring them to raise their voices to meet other voices within a creative proces of joy and play. The person who is given the chance to transform powerlessness and dehumanization into creativity, experiences his/ her own worth and right to exist. I believe that this is the first and most essential need of every human being. 'Harmony’ is thus a 'verb of peace' for every individual and the world as a whole.
Shura Lipovsky
Singer, Songwriter and Storyteller
Shura Lipovsky
Singer, Songwriter and Storyteller
In a world of polarization and escalating conflicts, Musicians Without Borders plays a unique, harmonizing role. MwB works with people suffering from the effects of war, inspiring them to raise their voices to meet other voices within a creative proces of joy and play. The person who is given the chance to transform powerlessness and dehumanization into creativity, experiences his/ her own worth and right to exist. I believe that this is the first and most essential need of every human being. 'Harmony’ is thus a 'verb of peace' for every individual and the world as a whole.

Shura Lipovsky was born in The Hague (Netherlands) and is a highly valued performer of Yiddish song on the international stage. Writer and composer of new Yiddish songs, she appears worldwide as a singer and storyteller.

Shura Lipovsky studied singing with Margreet Honig at the Rotterdam Conservatory, the Yiddish language with Mira Rafalowicz, at the Oxford Summer-University and in Maison de la Culture Yiddish (MCY) in Paris.

Lipovsky finished a dance education at the Dutch institute for international folk dance (LCA), and in 2005/06 she studied at l’Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

She studied Cabalistic concepts with several teachers in Europe and the United States.

Performer

Shura Lipovsky performed in Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Russia, the United States and Canada.

Highlights of her career:

Lipovsky gave the Commemoration Concert of the 50th Anniversary of the Ghetto Uprising in Warsaw Philharmonia (1993).

She participated in the Klezmer Extravaganza with Yitskhak Perlman in New York (1996), opened in 2002 the International Jewish Music festival in Amsterdam with her ensemble ‘Yiddishe Veltn’ (Monique Lansdorp, Bart Lelivelt a.o.) and in 2009 performed in Carnegy Hall with her quartet ‘Serendipity 4’ (Theodore Bikel, Tamara Brooks and Merima Kljuco).

For the LIza Ferschtman Chamber Music festival in Delft, Lipovsky gave a concert with pianist Jacques Verheyen, which was life broadcast on radio 4, Dutch National Radio, in 2009.

In 2011 Shura Lipovsky premiered with her new ensemble ‘Novaya Shira’ in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. The concert was sold out and received with great success.

Her Hassidic story-program ‘Outside of Eden’ was performed in Europe, Sweden and the United States, accompanied by accordionist Bart Lelivelt and later by pianist Tamir Chasson. The stories were alternatively told in Dutch, English, German or Yiddish.

Pedagogue

Shura Lipovsky teaches masterclasses for professional singers, workshops on Yiddish song repertoire and she developed a model of Hassidic teachings and Kabbalah, ‘The Meditative Voice’: Jewish mystical melodies, meditation and movement.

She taught at the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam, at MCY- Bibliothèque Medem in Paris, the Oxford Summer University, Summer-University in Vilna, Yiddish in Stockholm, at Klezfests in St. Petersburg, KlezKanada, London, Weimar and Paris. She taught ‘Meditative Voice’ at the Center for Jewish spirituality Elat Chayyim in New York, the Zentrum für Bewegung & Bewustsein’ in Portugal and in various other spiritual centers in Europe.

For the last seven years she has been the artistic director of the Jewish Summer Song-School in London for the Jewish Music Institute (JMI).

Since 2005 Shura Lipovsky has a choir for Yiddish songs in MCY-Bibliothèque Medem.

In 2008 and 2012 she was a member of the jury for the International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam.

Peaceworker

By means of singing, dancing and storytelling, Shura Lipovsky is active in inter-religious dialogue and she is a member of Musicians without Borders (MwB), located in the Netherlands.

She worked with spiritual leaders of different religions, such as the German priest and Zen-Master Willigis Jaeger (Benediktushof, Holzkirchen), Sheich Bashir Ahmad Dultz (Moslim Liga, Bonn) and the Sufi-master Ingo Taleb Rashid from Irak.

In 2003 Shura Lipovsky taught Jewish mystical melodies, nigunim in Sarajevo to the inter-religious choir Pontanima, collaborating with choral conductor and director of MwB, Laura Hassler.

In 2004 she produced a Jewish/Bosnian song-program in collaboration with Musicians Without Borders and performed with the intercultural Mostar Sinfonietta. For this project she invited Bosnian accordionist Merima Kljuco to participate and the American guest conductor Tamara Brooks to conduct for the occasion of the Second International Conference of Musicians Without Borders in Utrecht 2004, ‘Singing the Bridge’.

In 2005 the American singer/actor Theodore Bikel joined the project, while it toured through Poland under its new name: ‘Bridge to Peace’ in June 2005. The Dutch journalist Rob Simons produced the documentary, ‘Bridge to Peace’ in 2005.

Shura Lipovsky produced several cd’s (Moments of Jewish Life, Heroes and Poets’ and ‘Tsart. Her new CD ‘Vaytinke’ has been presented in December 2013).

She was featured in Dutch, Belgian, American and Canadian documentaries (‘Jiddisj is mijn instrument’, ‘Terpe Kind Mains, Terpe’, ‘Yiddish Soul’, ‘Journey 4 Artists’, ‘Wandering Muse’).

In our personal and combined musical journeys, we experience the power of singing to give voice to all that connects people: love, loss, grief, joy, work, fun and the simple desire to live in peace. We come together to raise our collective voice on behalf of Musicians without Borders, to support its work for a just and peaceful world through music.
Fearless Rose
Vocal Ensemble
Fearless Rose
Vocal Ensemble
In our personal and combined musical journeys, we experience the power of singing to give voice to all that connects people: love, loss, grief, joy, work, fun and the simple desire to live in peace. We come together to raise our collective voice on behalf of Musicians without Borders, to support its work for a just and peaceful world through music.

Fearless Rose is an Amsterdam-based vocal ensemble that sings on behalf of Musicians without Borders at conferences, festivals and music projects. The “roses” are singers, choral conductors and workshop leaders whose repertoire covers music from all corners of the world, celebrating the diversity and the power of the human voice. For bookings and inquiries, contact: [email protected]

Music is the richest and most powerful medium I know when it comes to reaching people, both emotionally and spiritually. It transcends nationality, race, class, and any other man-made obstacles which so often divide our fellow human beings. The work that Musicians without Borders is doing to help people affected by war and conflict, both at home and abroad is absolutely invaluable. I'm honored to be working with Musicians without Borders, and I encourage you to take a look at what they are doing and get involved in any way you can.
Matthew Wadsworth
Lute Virtuoso
Matthew Wadsworth
Lute Virtuoso
Music is the richest and most powerful medium I know when it comes to reaching people, both emotionally and spiritually. It transcends nationality, race, class, and any other man-made obstacles which so often divide our fellow human beings. The work that Musicians without Borders is doing to help people affected by war and conflict, both at home and abroad is absolutely invaluable. I'm honored to be working with Musicians without Borders, and I encourage you to take a look at what they are doing and get involved in any way you can.

Matthew Wadsworth is a Lute virtuoso in great demand, having performed all over the world at major festivals as a soloist as well as with specialist early music ensembles, and his six CDs to date have received international acclaim.

Matthew studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and in 1997 he won the London Student of the Year award for his work on the development of braille Lute tablature. Matthew was also the first blind student to attend Chethams school of Music in Manchester.

Matthew also made an attempt at the record jump on a motorcross-bike for a blind person, and a film was made about him and his attempt at breaking the record.

For years, I have been an ambassador for Musicians without Borders, an organization that uses the power of music to heal war traumas, create connections, and to build bridges in conflict regions.
Helen Botman
Singer
Helen Botman
Singer
For years, I have been an ambassador for Musicians without Borders, an organization that uses the power of music to heal war traumas, create connections, and to build bridges in conflict regions.

Helen Botman (1973) has been a professional singer for almost 25 years. She is a conservatory trained vocalist, having studied under internationally renowned singers Rhiannon, Denise Jannah and Jonathan Hart Makwaia (Roy Hart Theatre, NYC). Helen has sung on behalf of Musicians without Borders with former ‘a capella’ ensemble Lélé Mam in America, Hungary, Germany and Turkey, as well as in MwB projects in refugee camps in Bosnia and Palestine. Her current single, People, was written in response to the current refugee crisis. All proceeds from the single will go to support Musicians without Borders.

News & Media
Latest News
November 10, 2019
We talk to Popup Choir Amsterdam about their love for music, singing and how music helps people overcome differences.
September 21, 2019
Celebrate with us by listening to the song 'Umwana n'Inkundi' ('All Children are Equal'), written and performed by Rwanda Youth Music.
September 13, 2019
Rwanda Youth Music Program Manager, Chris Nicholson, takes an in-depth look at one area in our Theory of Change (Resilience) and how it relates to our work on the ground.
September 10, 2019
As we showcase our work in Rwanda, we interviewed Rwanda Youth Music Coordinator, Shyaka Allison about his background, his work with MWB and how MWB is growing in other African countries.
Press Center

Media Enquiries

For media requests including interviews, video and high-resolution images, please contact us at [email protected]

Download our media kit here

MWB in the News

MusicTech Fest Podcast Interview: Laura Hassler

In the latest Music Tech Fest podcast, MTF Director, Andrew Dubber, interviews Laura about what MWB does, why it matters and how it all started… Listen here


Metallica Bassist’s Wife Creates Special T-Shirt For Musicians Without Borders

In partnership with Los Angeles-based artist and fashion designer Chloe Trujillo, Musicians Without Borders has announced a special edition T-shirt…Read more


METALLICA Bassist’s Wife Teams Up With MUSICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS To Launch Limited-Edition T-Shirt

Musicians Without Borders has announced a partnership with Los Angeles-based artist and fashion designer Chloe Trujillo…Read more


Chloe Trujillo and Musicians Without Borders Launch Limited Edition T-Shirt in Support of 20 Years of Music Making and Peacebuilding

Musicians Without Borders is pleased to announce a partnership with L.A. based artist and fashion designer, Chloe Trujillo. To mark 20 years of music making and peacebuilding…Read more


Kosovo: A young country, being shaped by its youth

16 February 2018,On the 10-year anniversary of its independence from Serbia, half of Kosovars want to move West. The others want to shape its future…Read more


Kosovo marks 10 years of independence but its people remain divided

16 February 2018,On Feb. 17, Kosovo celebrates the 10th anniversary of its independence from Serbia. Still not recognized by about 100 nations…Read more


Musicians and miners hope to heal Kosovo’s division

15 February 2018, “Most of our students stay here until they finish school and then leave for Belgrade or Pristina,” says Emir Hasani, a musician from the Serb-majority northern Mitrovica. He works with the Mitrovica Rock School, which runs daily music classes on both sides of the city…Read more


Peacebuilding through music: the connector and the mirror

03 October 2017,There are different ways of experiencing music, as we all know, but also very different ideas about what music is. In European related cultures the dominant idea of music has, over history, become ‘something’ outside the person…Read more


Giving peace a chance? Music can drive us apart as much as itunites

20 September 2017,To avoid hardening the borderlines, some projects have harnessed musical styles that are perceived to be politically or culturally neutral. For example, in modern-day Kosovo Musicians without Borders…Read more


Teaching through trauma

De Jong was un-phased by the participants’ behavior. As a trainer for Musicians Without Borders, an international nonprofit organization that uses music education to assist in healing conflict-ridden communities, he has led courses everywhere from Rwanda and Palestinian territories…Read more


‘Alles in mijn leven leidde naar wat ik nu doe’

20 June 2015,“Mijn ouders waren medeoprichters van een coöperatieve woongemeenschap. Met vijfenveertig families woonden we in aparte huizen op een groot stuk land dat zij samen hadden gekocht. Allemaal idealistische gezinnen…Read more

Expert Meetings ()
Speaking Engagements ()
Training ()
Popup Choir sings: Heroes by David Bowie (Charity Edition)
Saturday, 14 December, 2019 // Weteringschans 6-8, 1017SG, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sing with us on December 14th and raise money for Welcome Notes Europe! more info >

The Dreamers Winter Market
Sunday, 15 December, 2019 // Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands

First edition of THE DREAMERS Winter Market where you can buy handmade gifts made by talented local artists. more info >

Benefiet koorfestival, Musicians Without Borders
Sunday, 15 December, 2019 // Begijnhof 48, 1012 WV, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Zes wereldmuziekkoren en -ensembles zingen drie uur achter elkaar liederen uit alle windstreken. De opbrengst van deze muzikale middag gaat more info >

About Us
About Us
History

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.

International Office
Laura Hassler
Founder and Director
Meagan Hughes
Project & Training Coordinator, Director's Assistant
Ilaria Modugno
Head of Finance
Olga Muhwati
Fundraising
Otto de Jong
Head of Training Development
Eefje Wevers
Communications
Gail Babb
Safeguarding Consultant
Chris Nicholson
Regional Manager (East Africa) & MEL Lead 
Amanda Koser-Gillespie
Head of Curriculum Development & Project Manager, Music Bridge
Sylvia Mannaerts
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer
Lucy Little
Volunteer
Irma Kort
Instrument Fund Coordinator
Mitrovica Rock School, West Balkans
Wendy Hassler-Forest
Program Manager & Regional Representative, SE Europe
Emir Hasani
Director of Programs, Mitrovica Rock School
Milizza Kosova
Director of Operations, Mitrovica Rock School
Palestine Community Music, Palestine
Fabienne van Eck
Program Manager, Palestine Community Music & Regional Representative
Ahmad al'Azzeh
Project Coordinator & Nonviolence Trainer, Palestine Community Music
Rwanda Youth Music, Rwanda
Allison Shyaka
Rwanda Youth Music Program Coordinator, WEACTx for Hope
Rinske Bakker
Volunteer
Welcome Notes, Europe
Anna Rose Swinkels
Welcome Notes, Project Manager
Soy Música, El Salvador
Miguel Ortega
Program Manager, Soy Música
Marina Liébana
Project Support Officer
Trainers
Darren Abrahams
Chris Colleye
Rukengeza Espoir
Marion Haak-Schulenburg
Manu van Kersbergen
Sherwin Kirindongo
Paolo Rossetti Murittu
Marijke Smedema
Emma Smith
Christa Tinari
Hanno Tomassen
Kana Yves Nzeyimana
Jose Pepe Garcia
Alejandro Arrate Fernandez
Gregor Schulenburg
Jim Pinchen
Ryuko Reid
Supervisory Board
Johan Dorrestein
Chair
André Buitenhuis
Treasurer
Eduard Nazarski
Board Member
Laïla Abid
Board Member
Jeske Remmers
Board Member
Leslie Snider
Board Member
Partners
In Kind Donors & Sponsorship
Project Partners
Rwanda Youth Music Donors
Mitrovica Rock School Donors
Palestine Community Music Donors
Welcome Notes Donors
Vacancies

We are musicians, artists, peacebuilders, pioneers, and changemakers. We believe in the power of music and its capability to bridge divides and connect communities. Through our community-based music projects, we support processes ofreconciliation, healing and community buildingin present and post-conflict regions. We have ongoing projects in the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Africa, Central America, and Europe.

Current Vacancies:

Position: Communications & PR Manager
Start Date: TBC
Days: 3-4 days/ week;
24-32 hrs

MWB is looking for a Communications and PR Manager to consolidate and continue to scale MWB’s communications objectives in line with the MWB communications strategy.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with project managers to align communications guidelines within the organization;
  • Manage, maintain and update all MWB social media accounts, website, and blog entries, to increase MWB’s visibility and promote its mission;
  • Lead and maintain (e)newsletter and (major, institutional and individual) donor communications;
  • Update communications materials (flyers, printed and e-newsletter, leaflets, banners, etc), if needed, and ensure the timely dissemination among the key audiences;
  • Update and oversee communications manual and procedures and assure dissemination and familiarity throughout the organization;
  • Manage MWB’s media strategy and maintain and develop relationships with press and external stakeholders;
  • Coordinate communications around events;

NB: in the first period, the employee will work in close collaboration with MWB’s current Head of Communications, Nehmi Klaassen, who will transfer responsibilities to the Communications Manager by the end of December 2019.

The successful candidate is:

  • Fluent in written and spoken English and Dutch (native speaker in one of the two)
  • Professional or near-professional written and spoken English-language skills;
  • Familiar with WordPress
  • Should know how to use social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), including analytical tools
  • Understand branding and content management
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, G Suite, including Google Analytics and AdWords
  • Team player but also able to work independently
  • Willing to work occasional weekends

We offer:

  • A positive working environment
  • More than just the usual 9 to 5
  • You join a team dedicated to social change and peacebuilding

Please send your application to:
Laura Hassler, Director
Email: [email protected]

Reporting & Policies
Safeguarding

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.

The safeguarding of our staff and program participants is not only inherent in our guiding principles, but also informs the daily operations of our organization. As we work on a daily basis with vulnerable children and adults who are in or at risk of becoming involved in abusive, exploitative or dangerous situations, we are committed to safeguarding as a fundamental element of our organizational culture in order to protect the rights of our participants and to ensure their well-being.

At Musicians Without Borders, we ensure a culture of safeguarding through:
  • An appointed safeguarding team within the organization;
  • The implementation of a Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct;
  • Access to safeguarding resources and training for our staff, trainers and participants;
  • Assessment of our staff, trainers and volunteers for suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults through reference and background checks;
  • Ensuring that staff, trainers, volunteers and participants know the appropriate reporting procedure for safeguarding issues;
  • Protecting our staff and participants’ identity and personal information through secure data systems and informed consent processes;
  • Conducting risk assessments in advance of our program activities.

We recognize that safeguarding is a practice that needs to be given regular attention and we invite the feedback of our participants, supporters and stakeholders on the effectiveness of our efforts and practices.

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to safeguarding within our programs, you are welcome to contact Meagan Hughes, Designated Safeguarding Lead: [email protected]

Download our full Safeguarding Policy & Procedures here

Bullying & Harassment

Musicians Without Borders is committed to fostering safe, supportive work environments in which staff and volunteers can thrive and do their best work. We believe all personnel have a right to be protected from bullying and harassment of any kind.

This policy and the associated guidelines detail MWB’s commitment to safeguarding personnel, define what is expected of those working for us and lay out our procedures for handling incidents or allegations of bullying and harassment.

The policy applies to all those working on behalf of Musicians Without Borders including salaried staff, freelancers, volunteers, work placements, our supervisory board and local project staff employed by partner organizations. Partner organizations are required to sign up to this policy or provide an alternative that is based on the underlying principles and legal frameworks laid out in this document.

Click here to download the Bullying & Harassment Policy & Procedures

Anti-Corruption

It is Musicians without Borders’ policy to conduct all of our work in an honest and accountable manner. We take a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity. Our Code of Conduct promotes honest and ethical behavior throughout the organization, as well as provides a mechanism to report unethical conduct.

Complaints
If you suspect that any bribery, corruption or other breach of this policy has occurred or may occur, you can lodge a complaint at any time to Laura Hassler, MWB Director (+31 (0) 20 330 5012 /[email protected]) or Meagan Hughes, Project & Training Coordinator (+31 (0) 20 330 5012 / [email protected]). Your report will be treated confidentially.

Make a complaint through our online form

Code of Conduct

All MWB personnel, volunteers, associates and guests are required to read this entire document
carefully, sign and return to Musicians Without Borders.

Introduction

Musicians Without Borders (MWB) staff, trainers, volunteers, associates and guests understand that MWB works with people who have experienced the traumatic effects of current or recent conflict. MWB maintains zero tolerance for abuse, harassment and discrimination within its work and subscribes to equal and fair treatment for all individuals.

Our Code of Conduct provides the following guidance on what we expect of all individuals working on our behalf.

1. Respecting Local Culture and Values

 When traveling for MWB, please inform yourself of social customs regarding dress and appearance, contact (e.g. between men and women) in the public space as well as social rules around such things as courtesy, home visits, gift-giving, etc., and respect them. Please refer to your direct supervisor/program manager for guidance.

 Please do not ask questions, or start or join discussions about politics, religion, sex or personal relationships. These are usually the most volatile subjects and frequently extremely sensitive.

 Be sensitive to differences in material wealth – most of our projects take place in poor communities (don’t bring expensive electronic equipment with you, etc.)

 Do not inquire about people’s personal lives or histories, unless they themselves open the subject. Many people involved in our projects have painful histories and traumatic stories; respect their privacy to share these (or not to) on their own terms.

 Do not make any promises of future help or give anyone money; if you want to do something to support the local community or specific individuals, please refer to your supervisor/program manager.

2. Personal Behavior: Rock ‘n’ Roll allowed, sex and drugs are not!

Even though music can and should be fun, please remember that you are not on holiday or on your own time, but working in an MWB program. Therefore, please respect these rules:

 No use of drugs under any circumstances;

 Alcohol only where culturally appropriate, and where so, only in moderation- no drunkenness,
under any circumstances;

 No sexual activities with minors (under 18) or program participants;

 Behave modestly (e.g. no loud or raucous behavior).

3. Safeguarding Our Participants

DO’s:

 Treat participants with respect regardless of age, race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, disability or other status.

 Acknowledge the work of local partners and participants, and represent your own contribution honestly and modestly.

 Be aware of particular risks or vulnerabilities of participants and be aware of your position as someone with power or authority.

 Be aware of situations which may present risks (for example, being alone with participants, taking film/photo or interviewing for work purposes/reporting). You may only proceed if the situation is within the boundaries of this policy and after obtaining clearance from management and the participants.

 Plan and organize the work, workplace or visit to manage risks.

 As much as possible, be visible in working with or visiting participants.

 Foster and ensure a culture of openness to enable any issues or concerns to be raised and discussed.

 Ensure accountability amongst staff, trainers and volunteers to document and address poor practices or potentially abusive behavior.

 Talk to participants about their contact with staff and other participants, inform them about what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior according to MWB policies and procedures and encourage them to raise any concerns.

 Report concerns or incidents of participant abuse to the designated persons and authorities. Please refer to the designated MWB program manager to clarify the reporting procedure.

DONT’S:

 Do not develop physical or sexual relationships with participants. Do not behave physically in a manner that is inappropriate (for example, fondle, hold, hug, kiss or touch participants in a culturally insensitive way) or behave sexually. Do not sleep in the same room or bed as the participants.

 Do not act in ways that may be abusive, exploitative, physically or emotionally harmful or act in ways which places a participant at risk of this.

 Do not spend time alone with participants away from others including taking a participant away from the project alone or having meetings alone. If privacy is needed, other staff member(s) must be aware and a door must be left open.

 Do not condone, or participate in, behavior of participants which is illegal, unsafe or abusive.

 Do not use corporal punishment or otherwise physically assault participants.

 Do not act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade participants, or otherwise perpetrate any form of emotional abuse.

 Do not discriminate against, show unfounded differential treatment to, or favor particular participants.

 Do not let participants do domestic or other labor which is inappropriate given their age or developmental stage, which interferes with their education, or which places them at risk of injury.

 Do not allow a participant to be systematically neglected and do not fail to protect them from any harm that you are aware of.

 Do not abandon your professional distance by taking on a personal caring role such as by becoming a personal donor or a godparent.

4. Photographs & Video

 Do not take any photos, videos or audio recordings without the express permission of the program manager. You are however welcome to share any media that has already been shared on official MWB [or program partner] platforms.

 Do not make promises to the participant in return for photos/videos.

 Take images of participants that are dignified and respectful and that do not present them as victims, vulnerable or submissive.

 Ensure that images could not be interpreted as sexual or condone any other situation of abuse.

 Protect the safety and privacy of participants and their families by not using identifiable images in the media or internet, or using them in any way which reveals their location.

5. Representation

We are grateful for your participation in our work, however, please bear in mind that you are not authorized to speak on behalf of MWB unless given express permission by MWB’s director. Please refer press and other inquiries regarding MWB’s work to program managers, regional representatives or MWB’s director. When referencing your affiliation with MWB on social media and other public platforms, we ask you to convey a modest image (no references to sex, alcohol, drugs, etc.) and not make statements that endorse or denounce a particular culture, religion, or political orientation.

6. Anti-Corruption

It is MWB’s policy to conduct all of our work in an honest and accountable manner. We maintain zero-tolerance for bribery and corruption and are committed to acting professionally, fairly and with integrity. As part of your role with MWB, you agree to protect the organization’s assets and resources and not use the organization’s equipment to view, download, create or distribute inappropriate material.

7. Sanctions & Complaints

Any breach of this Code of Conduct can result in one or more of the following actions taken by the relevant program manager, regional representatives or the director: a warning; an immediate termination of your stay at the project location; the withholding of part or all of any agreed-upon payments for your services; the decision by MWB not to employ or include you in its project work in the future; and, in the case of serious breaches, criminal prosecution. Any extra costs involved (e.g. earlier return flights, lodgings, etc.) will be your own responsibility and not covered by MWB.

If you suspect that a breach of this policy has occurred or may occur, you can lodge a complaint at any time to your direct supervisor/program manager or Laura Hassler, MWB Director (+31 (0) 20 330 5012 /[email protected]). Your report will be treated confidentially.

ANBI

Information on Stichting Musicians Without Borders' Public Benefit Organization status (Dutch: ANBI status)

Name
Stichting Musicians Without Borders

Chamber of Commerce registration number: 34107061

RSIN number: 809384322

Post/visiting address
Tolhuisweg 1
1031 CL Amsterdam

Email address
[email protected]

Telephone number
+31 (0) 20 3305012

Musicians Without Borders’ Articles of Confederation

Statuten (Nederlands)

MWB Articles (English)

Mission & Goals

MWB Media Kit

Strategic Plan

MWB_Strategic_Plan_2017-2019

Annual & Financial Report

Annual Report 2018

Financial Report 2018

Board of Directors
Johan Dorrestein, Chair
André Buitenhuis
Laila Abid
Eduard Nazarski
Jeske Remmers
Leslie Snider

Human Resources policies
Musicians Without Borders’ human resources policy is as follows:

  • The foundation is not affiliated with a collective agreement, but accepts the guidelines of the collective labor agreement (CAO Welzijn) in principle as a standard for determining salaries;
  • The ability to follow these guidelines is however dependent on the availability of sufficient (raised) funds;
  • In any case, the level of salaries will never be higher than as indicated in the collective agreement (CAO Welzijn)
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‘As an opera singer, I experience the power of music daily. My support for Musicians Without Borders stems from my heartfelt desire for people living with the misery caused by war to also experience the connecting and healing power that music offers.’

 – Eva-Maria Westbroek, Ambassador of Musicians without Borders, Honorary Chair 88 Keys

 

What is 88 Keys?

88 Keys is a group of people who form the foundation of core support for Musicians without Borders. Their support makes it possible for the organization to continue its work. Each Key contributes an annual donation of € 1.000,- or more, with a pledge of a minimum period of 5 years. With their structural support, 88 Keys provides Musicians Without Borders with a secure base which ensures the sustainability of its projects.

As a Key, you will be invited regularly for special concerts, presentations or personal encounters with our musicians, project managers, and ambassadors. Above all, you will have the satisfaction that you are part of our network of core support, making all of our work possible.

Tax Deduction

For residents of the Netherlands, Musicians Without Borders is registered with the tax authorities as an ‘ANBI’. All gifts to Musicians Without Borders are therefore tax-deductible. In addition, the law governing gifts to cultural organizations gives a tax deduction for pledges of 5 years or more of 125%. Please contact us for more information.

For United States residents, tax-deductible gifts to Musicians Without Borders can be made through our fiscal partner, FOR USA.

Become a Member of 88 Keys

Join 88 Keys today and send an email to Laura Hassler at: [email protected]

 

Legacy

Make a peaceful world your legacy.

When you include Musicians without Borders in your will, you leave more than just money. Your legacy will be the message that the world should be a more peaceful place and that it is within reach. We will bestow your legacy according to your wishes to the best of our ability.

How can you include Musicians Without Borders in your will?

To include Musicians Without Borders in your will you only need to make a detailed description of your wishes and include it in your will. You have several options:

1. Leave Musicians without Borders a bequest.

When you leave a bequest you leave a specific amount of money, or a specific asset such as real estate, jewelry or artwork.

2. Appoint Musicians without Borders as one of your heirs.

The second option is to appoint Musicians without Borders as one of your beneficiaries. This way, Musicians without Borders has a right to a percentage of your heritage, next to other heirs such as children and/or other family members. In your will you then register the exact percentage you would like Musicians Without Borders to receive.

3. Appoint Musicians without Borders as your only heir.

The third option is to leave your entire heritage to Musicians without Borders. In this way, your assets will be dedicated to supporting our worldwide activities.

Depending on your personal situation Musicians Without Borders, as the sole heir, can also fulfill the role of executor and settle the inheritance.

Exempt from inheritance tax

Heirs are normally bound to pay inheritance tax over the received heritage. Musicians Without Borders however, being designated as a ‘Public Benefit Organisation’ by the Dutch Tax Administration, is exempt from this tax. As a result, your entire heritage can be dedicated to supporting our activities.

Want to know more? Need assistance?

Are you considering leaving (a part of) your heritage to Musicians Without Borders? Please contact us. We would be happy to provide you with the information you need to come to a well-informed decision. Call us: +31 (0) 20-3305012 or send us an email:[email protected]

Which information does my notary need?

To include Musicians Without Borders in your will, your notary will need the following information:

Name: Stichting Musicians Without Borders
Established: Amsterdam
Office: Tolhuisweg 1, 1031 CL Amsterdam
Chamber of Commerce number: 34107061
Account number: IBAN: NL43 TRIO 0390 2715 86
BIC/SWIFT: TRIONL2U

Instrument Fund

Donate musical instruments and/or equipment to MWB’s Instrument Fund. Second-hand instruments are currently placed with our Palestine Community Music program, which operates in partnership with Sounds of Palestine and our Mitrovica Rock School.

To donate musical instruments or equipment, please contact Instrument Fund Coordinator, Irma Kort at:

[email protected]

Please note that donations of instruments at this moment only possible in the Netherlands.

Instrument Fund Volunteers

The fund has been made possible thanks to the help of many, generous individuals, associations and foundations who donate their instruments, instrument builders and restorers who donate their time and expertise and friends and colleagues who help transport instruments free of charge.

Become a Friend

Our projects bring lasting positive change because we invest time, energy and patience to make them sustainable and locally-owned. Long-term investments in local communities need a steady base of support. We appeal to our friends around the world to help us build this base. Become a Friend of Musicians Without Borders today to help us make every day a day of peace and music.

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