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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.

Supervisory Board
Laïla Abid
Eduard Nazarski
Board Member
Leslie Snider
Board Member
Bertus Borgers
Board Member
Heba El-Kholy
Board Member
Pieter de Nooij
Board Member
Charmayne Sijm
Board Member
International Office
Laura Hassler
Founder and Director
Chris Nicholson
Program Development, Regional Program Manager East Africa
Wendy Hassler-Forest
Strategic Development, Regional Program Manager Western Balkans
Ilaria Modugno
Financial Manager
Meagan Hughes
Operations & Training, Director's Assistant
Anna Rose Swinkels
Office Support
Eefje Wevers
Communications, Program Officer Music Connects
Miguel Ortega
Regional Program Manager Central America
Bregje van Bemmel
Financial Administrator
Fabienne van Eck
Regional Program Manager Middle East, Trainer
Otto de Jong
Training Development
Amanda Koser-Gillespie
Curriculum Development, Program Manager Northern Ireland
Allison Shyaka
Program Officer Rwanda Youth Music
Maryana Golovchenko
ART27 Secretariat
Gail Babb
Safeguarding Consultant
Rinske Bakker
Lucy Little
Irma Kort
Instrument Fund Coordinator
Ed Holland
Communications Assistant
Darren Abrahams
Wellbeing Advisor
Alejandro Arrate Fernandez
Chris Colleye
Rukengeza Espoir
Jose Pepe Garcia
Juan Garzon
Marion Haak-Schulenburg
Manu van Kersbergen
Sherwin Kirindongo
Kana Yves Nzeyimana
Jim Pinchen
Ryuko Reid
Gregor Schulenburg
Marijke Smedema
Emma Smith
Guus van der Steen
Christa Tinari
Hanno Tomassen
Zaynab Wilson
In Kind Donors & Sponsorship
Project Partners
Rwanda Youth Music Donors
Mitrovica Rock School Donors
Palestine Community Music Donors
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