‘Welcome Notes Europe’ is Musicians Without Borders’ response to the arrival of refugees and migrants, people fleeing war, abject poverty and climate change, who have arrived in Europe since 2015. Welcome Notes began in the Netherlands but soon expanded to include trainings and pilot projects in Germany, Italy, Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. MWB adapted its already developed trainings from conflict regions to different target groups and situations among refugee populations in Europe.
Musicians Without Borders has engaged in various levels of partnerships and pilot projects with Musicians for Human Rights (Italy), Landesmusikakademie NRW (Germany), El Sistema Greece, SOS Emergency Response (Italy), IOM Greece and Save the Children NWB (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Projects have focused on capacity building and training of local musicians, who are then integrated into the regular programs of the partner organizations. MWB has tailored its expanded training program (with new modules incorporating training in trauma and self-care, Hip-Hop, working with adolescents and use of technology in workshops) to different target groups. Our expanded trainer team is now capable of adapting the program to suit local needs.
The main beneficiaries of the projects so far have been children and adults with a refugee background and unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASCs).