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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, in addition to its grassroots programs, Musicians Without Borders engages with universities, social activists and artists worldwide, sharing expertise as we work to inspire and enable musicians around the globe to be advocates, activists, teachers, trainers, researchers and performers, together carrying 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
Nehmi Klaassen
Head of Communications
Danny Felsteiner Mekori
Head of Training Development
Chris Nicholson
Regional Manager (East Africa) & MEL Lead 
Gail Babb
Communications, ART27
Simone Camps
Communications Assistant
Olga Muhwati
Fundraising
Lucy Little
Visiting Fulbright Scholar
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
Project Manager & Partner Music Coordinator, Rwanda Youth Music
Rinske Bakker
Volunteer
Music Bridge, Northern Ireland
Amanda Koser-Gillespie
Music Coach, Music Bridge
Welcome Notes, Europe
Anna Rose Swinkels
Welcome Notes, Project Manager
Soy Música, El Salvador
Miguel Ortega
Program Manager, Soy Música
Trainers
Darren Abrahams
Chris Colleye
Rukengeza Espoir
Marion Haak-Schulenburg
Otto de Jong
Manu van Kersbergen
Sherwin Kirindongo
Amanda Koser-Gillespie
Paolo Rossetti Murittu
Marijke Smedema
Emma Smith
Christa Tinari
Hanno Tomassen
Kana Yves
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
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
info@musicianswithoutborders.org

Telephone number
+31 (0) 20 3305012

Mission & Goals
MWB Articles (Statutes)

Strategic Plan
MWB_Strategic_Plan_2017-2019

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)
Must Love Music

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 of reconciliation, healing and community building in present and post-conflict regions. We have ongoing projects in the Balkans, the Middle East, Central Africa, Central America, and Europe.

Check out our latest vacancies and apply today to work with us.
MWB Trainer

Description:

We are looking for experienced trainers to join our team to work in our programs for up to several weeks throughout the year on a freelance basis.

Requirements:

1. Professional Musician

Any person with an extensive musical background, not necessarily with a degree in music. You must have excellent command of the voice and of rhythm. Experience with creativity in music, for example: songwriting, arranging, composing, improvising.

2. Experience in facilitating community music workshops

– Has an understanding of community music, and able to express the benefits of community music in terms of community building, personal development, empathy, and nonviolence.

– Actively leading workshops in community music with diverse groups on an ongoing basis. Has the ability to create new community music activities. Comfortable with using body percussion, movement/dance, drum circle facilitation, singing, improvisation, songwriting.

3. Experience as a trainer

Has experience in training others as teachers/facilitators to work with groups using music. Able to follow and adapt a curriculum, facilitate discussions, and lead feedback and reflection processes.

4. Familiarity and affinity with MWB’s core values and principles. 

Please see: https://www.musicianswithoutborders.org/programs/methodology/guiding-principles/

5. Basic knowledge of nonviolence and peace activism

Knowledge of key events and figures in the history of nonviolence and peace activism. Strong affinity with peacebuilding and social activism.

6. Advanced command of English

Able to lead workshops and facilitate discussions in English.

7. Availability to travel

Can be flexible throughout the year for training opportunities around the world.

Following the review of your application and CV, successful applicants will be invited for a Skype interview, and a trial session. Prospective trainers will also be asked for two professional references and to undergo a background check in accordance with MWB’s safeguarding policy.

Fill out our application form here.

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: meagan@mwb.ngo

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 /laura@mwb.ngo). Your report will be treated confidentially.

Make a complaint through our online form