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Musicians without Borders
Musicians without Borders

"If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music."•• Jimi Hendrix

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.

Why Music?

"You may be poor, you may only have a ramshackle house, you may have lost your job, but that song gives you hope."•• Nelson Mandela

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.

  • Music can help people affected by war to re-discover connection.
  • Music can raise the voices of the unheard.
  • Music can be our collective voice for social justice and peace.
  • Music is our stepping stone towards creating lasting social change.
Projects & Programs

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.

International Office
Laura Hassler
Founder and Director
Ilaria Modugno
Head of Finance
Meagan Hughes
Project Management & Communications
Danny Felsteiner Mekori
Head of Training
Anna Rose Swinkels
Project Management & Communications
Nehmi Klaassen
Head of Communications
Esther Arp
Simone Camps
Communications Assistant
Chris Nicholson
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Lead
Rinske Bakker
Irma Kort
MWB Instrument Fund Coordinator
Laura Visser
Graphic Design
Project Management
Wendy Hassler-Forest
Program Manager & Regional Representative, SE Europe
Emir Hasani
Mitrovica Rock School, Director of Programs
Milizza Kosova
Mitrovica Rock School, Director of Operations
Chris Nicholson
Rwanda Youth Music, Regional Program Manager
Allison Shyaka
Rwanda Youth Music, Program Manager
Fabienne van Eck
Palestine Community Music, Program Manager
Ahmad al'Azzeh
Palestine Community Music, Project Coordinator & Nonviolence Trainer
Meagan Hughes
Music Bridge, Project Manager
Amanda Koser-Gillespie
Music Bridge, Music Coach
Anna Rose Swinkels
Welcome Notes, Project Manager
Miguel Ortega
Soy Música, Program Manager
Almerisa Delic
From Woman to Woman, Music Coordinator
Otto de Jong
Marijke Smedema
Fabienne van Eck
Sherwin Kirindongo
Chris Colleye
Danny Felsteiner Mekori
Hanno Tomassen
Amanda Koser-Gillespie
Marion Haak-Schulenburg
Emma Smith
Darren Abrahams
Christa Tinari
Kana Yves
Rwanda Youth Music
Rukengeza Espoir
Rwanda Youth Music
Paolo Rossetti Murittu
Manu van Kersbergen
Supervisory Board
Johan Dorrestein
Eduard Nazarski
Board Member
Laïla Abid
Board Member
André Buitenhuis
Jeske Remmers
Board Member
Leslie Snider
Board Member
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Partners & Donors
In Kind Donors & Sponsorship
Project Partners
Rwanda Youth Music Donors
Mitrovica Rock School Donors
Palestine Community Music Donors
Welcome Notes Donors

Tolhuisweg 1
1031 CL Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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

Post/visiting address
Tolhuisweg 1
1031 CL Amsterdam

Email address

Telephone number
+31 (0) 20 3305012

Mission & Goals
MwB Articles (Statutes)

Strategic Plan

Board of Directors
Johan Dorrestein, Chair
André Buitenhuis
Laila Abid
Eduard Nazarski
Jeske Remmers
Leslie Snider

Human Resources policies
Musicians without Borders’ human resources policy is as follows:

  • The foundation is not affiliated with a collective agreement, but accepts the guidelines of the collective labor agreement (CAO Welzijn) in principle as a standard for determining salaries;
  • The ability to follow these guidelines is however dependent on the availability of sufficient (raised) funds;
  • In any case, the level of salaries will never be higher than as indicated in the collective agreement (CAO Welzijn).

Annual Report 2017

Financial Report 2017