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.
Information on Stichting Musicians Without Borders' Public Benefit Organization status (Dutch: ANBI status)
Stichting Musicians Without Borders
Chamber of Commerce registration number: 34107061
RSIN number: 809384322
1031 CL Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 3305012
Mission & Goals
MWB Articles (Statutes)
Board of Directors
Johan Dorrestein, Chair
Human Resources policies
Musicians Without Borders’ human resources policy is as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our latest Annual Reports and financial reports are available to view and download.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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@example.com). Your report will be treated confidentially.