"If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music."
Musicians Without Borders uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war.
Our long-term commitment allows our participants the time to develop skills and talents, process grief and loss, and build bridges of reconciliation in societies divided by recent or ongoing conflict. Our professional trainers are specialized in running community music projects with people dealing with trauma, fear and isolation as a result of war and conflict.
We work closely with local musicians and organizations to build sustainable projects in response to local needs. From successful projects we develop models, methodologies and trainings to adapt for other regions.
Musicians without Borders is building a global network of musicians and music lovers who support our work with their time, energy, expertise and financial donations.
"You may be poor, you may only have a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope."
We use music as a tool to build connections, foster empathy and shape communities. Studies have shown that music is a powerful tool that can influence behavior, shape culture and strengthen social bonds. We use music as a means to address the needs of societies divided and affected by conflict.
Mitrovica Rock School – In post-war Kosovo, aspiring young rock stars meet across divides at the Mitrovica Rock School, where it’s all about the music.
Palestine Community Music – Training youth and young professionals to bring music to marginalized children in West Bank refugee camps, villages, schools, hospitals and orphanages.
Rwanda Youth Music – Introducing music therapy, training and community music activities to empower youth and children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Welcome Notes (Europe) – Bringing comfort, solidarity and hope to war refugees through music.
Soy Música (El Salvador) – Together with Salvadoran music teachers and community leaders, we share tools to provide at-risk children with experiences of safety, inclusion, creativity and joy.
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, in addition to its grassroots programs, Musicians Without Borders engages with universities, social activists and artists worldwide, sharing expertise as we work to inspire and enable musicians around the globe to be advocates, activists, teachers, trainers, researchers and performers, together carrying the message: war divides, music connects.
1031 CL Amsterdam
T: +31 (0) 20 330 5012
Information on Stichting Musicians without Borders’ Public Benefit Organisation status (Dutch: ANBI status)
Stichting Musicians without Borders
Chamber of Commerce registration number: 34107061
RSIN number: 809384322
1031 CL Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 3305012
Mission & Goals
MwB Articles (Statutes)
Board of Directors
Johan Dorrestein, Chair
Human Resources policies
Musicians without Borders’ human resources policy is as follows: