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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.

International Office
Laura Hassler
Founder and Director
Meagan Hughes
Project & Training Coordinator, Director's Assistant
Ilaria Modugno
Head of Finance
Olga Muhwati
Otto de Jong
Head of Training Development
Eefje Wevers
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
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
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
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
André Buitenhuis
Eduard Nazarski
Board Member
Laïla Abid
Board Member
Jeske Remmers
Board Member
Leslie Snider
Board Member
In Kind Donors & Sponsorship
Project Partners
Rwanda Youth Music Donors
Mitrovica Rock School Donors
Palestine Community Music Donors
Welcome Notes Donors

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]