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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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