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Bringing comfort, solidarity and hope to war refugees through music.

Background

As refugees arrive in increasing numbers in Europe, Musicians without Borders is building a program of support and solidarity. Our trainers and workshop leaders use the power of music to engage people living in emergency reception centers, building trust and connection among refugees, as well as with the local communities in which they are now located. Following our pilot project in the Netherlands, we’ve now expanded the Welcome Notes project to Italy and Germany and are focusing on providing training and creating connections between local musicians, organizations and refugee communities throughout Europe.

Goals:

  • bring hope and comfort to those who have been driven from their homes by war;
  • build bridges and create solidarity in European communities;
  • provide a safe, fun, and supportive space for artistic expression and cultural exchange.
Photo copyright: Landesmusikakademie NRW. Pictures: Volker Beushausen
Training for Musicians

We offer training for musicians, music teachers and workshop leaders from all cultural backgrounds who wish to increase their ability to use music as a tool to work towards the social inclusion and support of refugees and newcomers. This training has been specially adapted from our advanced training course and offers the necessary skills to lead music workshops with refugees in European communities.

The following skills and subjects are addressed in the training:

  • Community music approaches to singing, (body) percussion, movement, songwriting
  • Trust-building and teamwork
  • Basic trauma awareness
  • Nonviolent communication and building empathy between participants
  • Nonverbal techniques for music making
  • Creativity and improvisation
  • Connection with organizations and initiatives working in local refugee centers and communities

Would you like to receive information on upcoming training opportunities? Send an email to: a.swinkels@mwb.ngo

We’re open to discussing the implementation of Welcome Notes training opportunities with partner organizations in other European countries. Please contact: a.swinkels@mwb.ngo

ART27

Musicians without Borders is proud to announce the launch of ART27, a platform for all artists and arts organizations for an open and welcoming Europe: art27.art

Throughout history, artists have contributed their vision, talent and expertise to creating diverse, inclusive attitudes in European societies. Today, alarmed by the increasing influence of fear and xenophobia in Europe, we launch ART27 as a platform to raise voices through the arts for social inclusion, for protection of the vulnerable and for honoring our culturally diverse societies.

We are a network of artists of all backgrounds, arts educators and arts organizations in Europe and we stand in solidarity with refugee artists, and dedicate our efforts – on the stage, in the gallery, in arts education, in the classroom, and in our wider communities – to further the social inclusion of newcomers and other vulnerable people in our diverse societies.

Join art27.art now!

Italy

In March 2016, we launched Welcome Notes Italy with the first training for 30 musicians in partnership with Musicians for Human Rights. With this training, we offer musicians the necessary skills to lead music workshops for refugees in Italian communities. The training has been specially adapted from Musicians without Borders’ pilot program in the Netherlands and includes supervised practical work at reception centers.

Would you like to receive information on upcoming training opportunities in Italy? Send an email to: info@mwb.ngo

Germany

In partnership with the Landesmusikakademie NRW in Heek, Germany, we train local musicians to work with refugees and asylum seekers across Germany. Over one million refugees have come to Germany since 2015 and there are currently over 70,000 refugees registered in the region of Nordrhein-Westfalen, where Heek is located.

Our next training week is planned for November 19-23, 2018. More information available here.

 

The Netherlands

In response to increasing numbers of refugees arriving in the Netherlands, we launched a year-long pilot project in 2016 to train musicians to run music workshops in refugee centers. Over the course of a year, we led three training weekends with a total of 62 trainees and organized 40 workshops in several refugee centers.

In 2017-2018, we will run a new series of training weekends for professional musicians, experienced workshop leaders and music teachers who are (or wish to be) active as music workshop leaders in refugee centers or refugee communities in Europe.

Read more and register for our upcoming Welcome Notes training in Amsterdam.

Blog / News

We are happy to report that we have started a new Welcome Notes training group in Torino, Italy, in collaboration with Musicians for Human Rights.

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A small piece of the story of Musicians without Borders’ work can be told through numbers; the number of people participating in programs, the number of activities that have taken place, the number of organizations around the world with which we work. Of course, each of these numbers represents a story in itself, of the music made by people in a moment of their lives.

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Last weekend, we returned to the Landesmusikakademie NRW to provide training to musicians who work with refugee communities in Germany.

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In March, MwB trainers led rap workshops with unaccompanied refugee youth in collaboration with SOS Children’s Villages Italy. Together, they wrote and performed their own rap.

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April 9, 2018
April 9, 2018

Later this month, we will return to the Landesmusikakademie NRW (Heek, Germany) to run a follow-up training for musicians who are currently working or wish to work with refugees.

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•• Topics Training Welcome Notes

A few weeks ago, MwB trainers led rap workshops with unaccompanied refugee youth in collaboration with SOS Children’s Villages Italy. Together, they wrote and performed their own rap.

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Photos from the last group of wonderful Welcome Notes trainees in Amsterdam! mwb.to/welcome

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February 15, 2018
February 15, 2018

“It woke me up in many ways. To more creativity, to really look at the other person, to see what space he or she needs. It was very refreshing.”

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Photos

Last weekend, we returned to the Landesmusikakademie NRW to provide training to musicians who work with refugee communities in Germany.

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•• Topics Photo Albums Welcome Notes

Photos from the last group of wonderful Welcome Notes trainees in Amsterdam! mwb.to/welcome

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•• Topics Photo Albums Welcome Notes

We just concluded our latest Welcome Notes training in Amsterdam, with a new group of musicians and music teachers who wish to use music as a tool to support and connect with refugee communities.

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In June, we ran a five-day Advanced Community Music Training in partnership with the Landesmusikakademie NRW, training local musicians to work with refugees and asylum seekers across Germany. More info: http://mwb.to/training

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March 25, 2017
March 25, 2017

This weekend, we began a new training for 30 musicians in Italy in partnership with MUSICIANS for HUMAN RIGHTS with the aim to develop inclusive music programs in local refugee centers.

This training is inspired by our Welcome Notes program, using music to support the inclusion of refugees and migrants throughout Europe.

Read more about the program: http://mwb.to/italy

#MusicConnects http://mwb.ngo

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This past weekend, we trained over 20 musicians from the UK, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands as part of our Welcome Notes project, using music to connect with refugee communities across Europe. https://www.musicianswithoutborders.org/2017/02/welcome-notes-in-the-spring-house/

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•• Topics Photo Albums Welcome Notes