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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.