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PROGRAMS

We work with local musicians and organizations to build sustainable programs around the world.

TRAINING

We offer a wide range of trainings for professionals in community music leadership.

ADVOCACY

We collaborate with organizations to advocate the use of music for peacebuilding and social change.

LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

Keep up to date on the latest news and events from our programs and initiatives around the world.

PRESS CENTER

Visit our Press Center for media inquiries, requests, including interviews, video and high-resolution images.

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Media Enquiries

For media requests including interviews, video and high-resolution images, please contact us at media@mwb.ngo

Download our media kit here

MWB In The News

Metallica Bassist’s Wife Creates Special T-Shirt For Musicians Without Borders

In partnership with Los Angeles-based artist and fashion designer Chloe Trujillo, Musicians Without Borders has announced a special edition T-shirt…Read more

METALLICA Bassist’s Wife Teams Up With MUSICIANS WITHOUT BORDERS To Launch Limited-Edition T-Shirt

Musicians Without Borders has announced a partnership with Los Angeles-based artist and fashion designer Chloe Trujillo…Read more

Chloe Trujillo and Musicians Without Borders Launch Limited Edition T-Shirt in Support of 20 Years of Music Making and Peacebuilding

Musicians Without Borders is pleased to announce a partnership with L.A. based artist and fashion designer, Chloe Trujillo. To mark 20 years of music making and peacebuilding…Read more

Kosovo: A young country, being shaped by its youth

16 February 2018,On the 10-year anniversary of its independence from Serbia, half of Kosovars want to move West. The others want to shape its future…Read more

Kosovo marks 10 years of independence but its people remain divided

16 February 2018,On Feb. 17, Kosovo celebrates the 10th anniversary of its independence from Serbia. Still not recognized by about 100 nations…Read more

Musicians and miners hope to heal Kosovo’s division

15 February 2018, “Most of our students stay here until they finish school and then leave for Belgrade or Pristina,” says Emir Hasani, a musician from the Serb-majority northern Mitrovica. He works with the Mitrovica Rock School, which runs daily music classes on both sides of the city…Read more

Peacebuilding through music: the connector and the mirror

03 October 2017,There are different ways of experiencing music, as we all know, but also very different ideas about what music is. In European related cultures the dominant idea of music has, over history, become ‘something’ outside the person…Read more

Giving peace a chance? Music can drive us apart as much as itunites

20 September 2017,To avoid hardening the borderlines, some projects have harnessed musical styles that are perceived to be politically or culturally neutral. For example, in modern-day Kosovo Musicians without Borders…Read more

Teaching through trauma

De Jong was un-phased by the participants’ behavior. As a trainer for Musicians Without Borders, an international nonprofit organization that uses music education to assist in healing conflict-ridden communities, he has led courses everywhere from Rwanda and Palestinian territories…Read more

‘Alles in mijn leven leidde naar wat ik nu doe’

20 June 2015,“Mijn ouders waren medeoprichters van een coöperatieve woongemeenschap. Met vijfenveertig families woonden we in aparte huizen op een groot stuk land dat zij samen hadden gekocht. Allemaal idealistische gezinnen…Read more

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HOW WE WORK

Music is an integral part of human nature. It has the potential to connect and bring people together. We use music as a tool to alleviate the disastrous effects and causes of war and mass violence, collaborating with organizations and change-makers globally. Together we create long-term programs that respond to the true contexts and needs of people’s lives, and train musicians and community leaders to effect nonviolent change.

ADVOCATE FOR PEACE

On the ground, this can sound like rock music, Burundian drumming, rap music, a cello sonata, or a stick hitting the bottom of a bucket. It’s not up to us to decide what the music will sound like. Our role is to create access to music-making that is guided by our working principles of safety, inclusion, equality, creativity, and quality. This approach opens a musical space that enables people to communicate and share.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Learn more about our core values and the 5 principles of our methodology.

COMMUNITY MUSIC

We work together to create music and give each participant the opportunity to develop their own musical potential within the context of a supportive group environment.

MONITORING EVALUATION & LEARNING

We use MEL protocols developed and informed by our Theory of Change for all Musicians Without Borders’ programs.

WHERE WE WORK

Musicians Without Borders programs impact thousands of young people every day through music. Working in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, we work closely with local musicians and organizations to build sustainable projects in response to local needs.

We are currently active in:
Kosovo, Palestine, Greece, Northern Ireland, Germany, Rwanda, Uganda, El Salvador, Italy, and the Netherlands.

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WESTERN BALKANS

Music Connects brings together youth from ex-Yugoslavia’s divided communities through a shared love of rock music.

PALESTINE

We train young Palestinians to become music workshop leaders for children in camps and isolated villages in the West Bank.

RWANDA

Together with local musicians and organizations, we deliver Community Music Leadership training, outreach programs, music therapy, and large music events for families.

NORTHERN IRELAND

A multi-year collaborative project to create sustainable community music programs within Northern Ireland’s divided communities.

UGANDA

Training youth leaders to use the power of music to address the effects of HIV in young people.

EUROPE

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

EL SALVADOR

Together with Salvadoran music teachers and community leaders, we share tools to give children at-risk feelings of safety, inclusion, creativity and joy.

Western Balkans
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In Europe’s most divided city, Mitrovica (Kosovo), Serb and Albanian youth have grown up without contact with the other side. Since 2008, the Mitrovica Rock School has connected some 1,200 youth through music. The project “Music Connects” brings together youth from five of the region’s most divided and disenfranchised communities.

Founded – 2008

Participants – 88

Hours – 161

Activities – 988

Mitrovica Rock School

At the Mitrovica Rock School, youth from both sides of ethnically divided Mitrovica meet as young musicians and songwriters. The Rock School provides daily lessons and band coaching sessions and connects youth through weekly inter-ethnic workshops and its program for ethnically mixed bands. Our annual summer school brings together mixed bands for an intensive week of songwriting, rehearsing, recording and performing.

Music Connects

Music Connects is a new project supported by Creative Twinning, a program of Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and other donors. In partnership with Fontys RockacademieMitrovica Rock SchoolRoma Rock School and Music School Enterprise, the project activates youth and builds sustainable alternatives for social inclusion through state-of-the art rock music education, production and promotion.

Music Connects will deliver thousands of music activities to Serb, Albanian, Macedonian, Roma and other youth. We will establish a recording studio in Mitrovica and train sound engineers in Mitrovica and Skopje, increasing cultural participation and cooperation and lowering the barrier for young bands to enter the region’s emerging music scene.

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Documentary

Video production house HATCHED-MV will produce the feature documentary “Music Connects: The Real School of Rock,” as an audiovisual testimony to the power of music to connect people across divides. During the 2.5-year Music Connects project, HATCHED-MV will film crucial events in the project’s development, and release eight social media clips and a trailer. The feature documentary is due in the spring of 2020.

HATCHED-MV previously supported our Mitrovica Rock School by working pro bono to create the music video Set Me Free for our ethnically mixed band Proximity Mine.

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Youth from SE Europe’s First Rock School Release Debut Album

The Mitrovica Rock School, announces the release of the debut album “Voices” from the band High Frequency.

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Interview: Ruud Borgers

We interviewed Ruud Borgers, guitarist, lead singer of ‘De Sjit’ and Mitrovica Rock School trainer from RockCity Institute about authenticity in music and keeping it real.

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20 Years of Peacebuilding Through Music

To close our end of year Story of Light series, our Founder & Director, Laura Hassler reflects on 20 years of peacebuilding through music.

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February 1, 2018

Proximity Mine – Set Me Free

Proximity Mine’s new music video, recorded in Vienna and directed, filmed and produced for the Mitrovica Rock School by Hatched-MV: hatched-mv.com

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November 16, 2017

2017 Skopje Summer School

Mitrovica Rock School kicked off its anniversary year with our tenth annual summer school.

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October 9, 2017

Rootless – Fantasy

Music video ‘Fantasy’ by ethnically mixed band Rootless, a high-energy dream team formed by highly talented, long-term students of our Mitrovica Rock School.

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Western Balkans News

News & Events – Western Balkans

Youth from SE Europe’s First Rock School Release Debut Album

The Mitrovica Rock School, announces the release of the debut album “Voices” from the band High Frequency.

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Interview: Ruud Borgers

We interviewed Ruud Borgers, guitarist, lead singer of ‘De Sjit’ and Mitrovica Rock School trainer from RockCity Institute about authenticity in music and keeping it real.

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20 Years of Peacebuilding Through Music

To close our end of year Story of Light series, our Founder & Director, Laura Hassler reflects on 20 years of peacebuilding through music.

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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Kosovo

“…teenagers from one of Europe’s most difficult places to come-of-age grew into some of the most wonderful adults I know.” Wendy Hassler-Forest, Program Manager of the Mitrovica Rock School brings us our fifth Story of Light.

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Mitrovica Rock School Celebrates 10 years!

The Mitrovica Rock School celebrates 10 years of rock! Read more about the festivities, the mixed bands and how it all began.

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We implement programs using music as a tool for community building and social change, in partnership with Sounds of Palestine.

Founded – 2008

Reached in 2018 – 2888

Activities – 244

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Music for Social Change

Since 2008, Palestine Community Music has grown to become a multifaceted program that empowers youth to express themselves and serve their communities.

The project offers uplifting, music-based activities to young people who lack social or cultural opportunities, and reaches thousands of the most marginalized children of the West Bank. Our programs include Music and Nonviolence Leadership training, music workshops for the deaf and children with special needs and the Musical Playground. We also run special projects using rap as a tool for social change as well as offer Music as Therapy training, in cooperation with Music as Therapy International.

Musical Playground

The Musical Playground program maximizes impact with our limited staff, while retaining the rich diversity of activities and target groups. Thousands of school children each year benefit from regular music workshops including dancing, singing, rapping and body percussion, empowering and engaging children, school staff and families in a festive celebration.

Sounds of Palestine

We work in close cooperation with Sounds of Palestine, supporting the program with training and musical resources. Sounds of Palestine uses music education as a medium for long term social change, offering regular lessons per week to the many participating children. Hundreds of children from Aida and al-Azzeh refugee camp in the Bethlehem area participate in music appreciation lessons, instrument instruction, folk dancing, choir, music theory lessons and orchestral training.

Social Change Through Samba

Musicians without Borders coaches drum groups composed of young Palestinians from refugee camps and villages surrounded by the wall. Samba percussion connects the drummers and the audience with joyful, contagious and empowering rhythms. The samba instruments are used during community events, including nonviolent vigils and percussion workshops for local youth.

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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Dura

Enjoy 6 different powerful stories on our programs and how we use music to transform lives. Our first story comes from Palestine, where Program Manager, Fabienne van Eck talks about music making in Dura.

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Paying Attention to Details

Our Palestine Community Music Program Manager on the connection between observation and effective training.

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Building a House of Music

As we enter the last phase of the Music as Therapy Blended Learning Course, we learn more about how music therapy is being used in Palestine.

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January 22, 2018

Palestine Philharmonie

Our partners Sounds of Palestine participated in Palestine Philharmonie’s 2nd Winter Music Academy.

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November 22, 2017

Thank You Video from Halimeh

Our deaf music workshop Halimeh traveled to The Netherlands to participate in Musicians without Borders’ Training of Trainers.

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June 26, 2017

Fe Beit Fe Holanda

In April and May our local team of Palestinian musicians worked together with Dutch musicians to perform ‘Fe Beit Fe Holanda’ (In Holland is a House) for 1340 children in Palestine.

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Palestine News

News & Events – Palestine

Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Dura

Enjoy 6 different powerful stories on our programs and how we use music to transform lives. Our first story comes from Palestine, where Program Manager, Fabienne van Eck talks about music making in Dura.

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Paying Attention to Details

Our Palestine Community Music Program Manager on the connection between observation and effective training.

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Building a House of Music

As we enter the last phase of the Music as Therapy Blended Learning Course, we learn more about how music therapy is being used in Palestine.

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3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

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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Ahlan wa Sahlan, Welcome to Palestine

Lees de ervaringen van Natalie, onze geweldige vrijwilligster die twee maanden lang stage loopt in Palestina.

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Founded – 2012

Participants – 909

Activities – 634

Background

“Music is a symbol of friendship in our country. It helps us to be released from depression in order to have a better future. I think we will learn how to show others who are HIV+ that they have a value for themselves and for their country.” •• Community Music Leaders, Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda Youth Music was developed at the invitation of local partner WE-ACTx for Hope to support the needs of children and young people living with HIV. The most appropriate and effective musical approaches are embedded in WE-ACTx for Hope’s clinical support structure, sustainably providing young patients with opportunities for positive creative expression and social empowerment through musical interaction.

Music Therapy

In 2013, Musicians without Borders was invited to support the establishment of the country’s first professional Music Therapy position. Since then, in small groups and in 1-1 sessions, over 100 young people living with HIV have attended and benefitted from music therapy sessions with a UK qualified and registered music therapist. In evaluation, 100% of interviewed participants reported positive impact.

Innovative methods of practice have been developed to enable many more people to access the benefits of music therapy. Rwandan musicians have been trained to run therapeutic music groups; and a training course has been developed in Music & Health, accredited within the University of Rwanda’s forthcoming BA Music.

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Community Music Leaders

Community Music Leaders are trained to use music as a tool for social change, community building, and healing. Since 2012, international and Rwandan trainers have facilitated the training of 80 Community Music Leaders in Rwanda, each receiving 116 hours of professional training.

Training focuses on musical skills; leadership skills; and introductions to principles of non-violence, non-judgment, inclusion and participation that inform Musicians without Borders’ working ethos. Rwandan trainers provide on-going support, and ensure local culture is embedded in the training.

Ubumuntu

The Community Music Leaders in Rwanda wrote and recorded “Ubumuntu”, a song that speaks of their commitment to music as a resource for change and community. Ubumuntu is a compassionate way of living together. It asks all people to have empathy and to feel the human needs of others.

To Rwandans the word signifies sharing, giving, and supporting the needs of your neighbors.

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Outreach & Advocacy

Over 30,000 young people across Rwanda have participated in musical outreach events.

Community Music Leaders have travelled to centres for former street children; refugee camps; and to communities affected by HIV. They lead children to dance, sing, write songs, and play instruments, using their skills in leadership and nonviolent communication to create safe and creative experiences.

The program helps advocate for the adoption of music approaches developed in Rwanda for WE-ACTx for Hope. This has led to employment opportunities for the young music leaders, and the inclusion in training courses of members of other organisations.

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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Kigali

Continuing our ‘Stories of Light’ series, Rwanda Youth Music Program Manager, Chris Nicholson shares his favorite moment from 2018.

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Urukundo

Our training program in Rwanda continues in partnership with WE-ACTx for Hope, Ready for Reading and SACCK. This month, our trainees wrote a song together titled “Urukundo” (Love).

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Rwanda Community Music Training (Rwinkwavu)

This year in Rwanda we started a four week training in partnership with WE-Actx for Hope, Ready for Reading and SACCK.

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March 31, 2017

From Youth Leaders to Teachers

One of the great successes of the Rwanda Youth Music program is that young people who received Musicians without Borders training as Community Music Leaders, are now finding opportunities with other organizations as trainers and teachers of music.

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March 23, 2017

Rwandan Community Music Trainer: Yves Kana

Yves Kana works with Musicians without Borders since 2012 as a music teacher and assistant trainer. He reaches 1000s of vulnerable children with his work. We need your support to continue and train more Rwandan community musicians in 2017.

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June 17, 2016

Graduation Day, Mahama Refugee Camp

Over the past 12 months we have worked with a group of thirty young people…

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Rwanda News

News & Events – Rwanda

Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Kigali

Continuing our ‘Stories of Light’ series, Rwanda Youth Music Program Manager, Chris Nicholson shares his favorite moment from 2018.

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Urukundo

Our training program in Rwanda continues in partnership with WE-ACTx for Hope, Ready for Reading and SACCK. This month, our trainees wrote a song together titled “Urukundo” (Love).

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Rwanda Community Music Training (Rwinkwavu)

This year in Rwanda we started a four week training in partnership with WE-Actx for Hope, Ready for Reading and SACCK.

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3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

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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Rwanda Team: MwB Community Music Leadership Training

At the weekend, a new training course in MwB Community Music Leadership began in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, led entirely by a team of Rwandan musicians and community leaders trained by Musicians without Borders.
The trainees are 20 community members (aged 13-50) who are engaged with supporting young people facing limited opportunities due to poverty, illiteracy, rural unemployment, gender based violence, and formerly living as street children.
This training shares the skills and experience developed since 2010 at our partner WE-ACTx for Hope, and is organised with the organisation Ready for Reading.

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Music Bridge

Music Bridge is a multi-year collaborative project to create sustainable community music programs within Northern Ireland’s divided communities.

Founded – 2014

Participants – 446

Activities – 44

Background

Music Bridge employs the expertise of Musicians without Borders in partnership with Culturlann Uí Chanáin, a pioneer in bringing a multi-ethnic approach to the exploration of arts and culture in the city of Derry-Londonderry.

This collaborative project trains community music professionals, local musicians and community organizations in using music to contribute to reconciliation and bridge building across the divides that history has created in Northern Ireland.

Music Bridge

The goal of Music Bridge is to create sustainable community music programs contributing to reconciliation, community building and healing for people throughout Derry-Londonderry.

We lead music workshop leadership training for community workers and musicians interested in developing meaningful projects in their communities with a focus on children and youth from fragile environments.

Our trainees have been able to organize and implement creative music activities within both single and mixed identity communities with the aim of strengthening their self-identity, creating common goals while learning more about what connects us rather than what separates us. The trainees use their acquired variety of musical skills to further their understanding of positive group leadership, principles of nonviolence and emotional self-awareness. Ultimately, the project aims to establish successful working models of community music programs that can gradually be implemented throughout Northern Ireland.

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Tigers and Hope: Borders and Music in El Salvador

Welcome to the Director’s Blog, reflecting on 20 years of peacebuilding through music.

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World Wide Music Day 2019

June 21st is World Wide Music Day. Find out how you can get involved by fundraising or hosting your own WWMD event!

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Introductory Course

This course is an introduction to the 5 principles of our community music training methodology. We will cover diverse approaches to community music making, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting.

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Community Music & Health

We’re training youth leaders to use the power of music to address the effects of HIV in young people.

Founded – 2015

Participants – 418

Activities – 63

Program

We’ve partnered with Keep A Child Alive and Alive Medical Services to deliver a yearlong training program for 30 youth leaders.

We are training them to become Community Music Leaders to thousands of children and young people affected by HIV in Uganda. The program will build on existing services and further enhance the quality of psycho-social support being provided at Alive Medical Services.

The training is based on our ongoing program in Rwanda, drawing on the successes and knowledge developed since 2010. Members of our training team include Rwandan community music leaders who join as assistant trainers.

Background

Globally, there are 5.4 million young people living with HIV, most of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa and disproportionately who are young women. While the number of global AIDS-related deaths fell by 30% between 2005 and 2012 (largely due to expanded access to HIV treatment), deaths among adolescents increased by as much as 50% during that same time period. AIDS is the number one killer of adolescents in Africa and the number two killer of adolescents worldwide, after only traffic accidents. Young people are falling out of care, stopping treatment, getting sick, and dying. We are failing this generation – the generation that is our future and that has the potential to see the end of AIDS in their lifetime.

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Tigers and Hope: Borders and Music in El Salvador

Welcome to the Director’s Blog, reflecting on 20 years of peacebuilding through music.

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World Wide Music Day 2019

June 21st is World Wide Music Day. Find out how you can get involved by fundraising or hosting your own WWMD event!

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Introductory Course

This course is an introduction to the 5 principles of our community music training methodology. We will cover diverse approaches to community music making, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting.

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

Founded – 2016

Participants – 186

Activities – 99

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

Germany

In partnership with the Landesmusikakademie NRW in Heek, Germany, we train local musicians to work with refugees and asylum seekers across Germany.

Upcoming training dates for 2019:

November 18-22

View our current course listings 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 ran another 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.

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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Europe

As Welcomes Notes program turns 3 years in 2019, Program Manager, Anna Swinkels shares the fourth ‘Story of Light’ and how we’re using music to support the growing number of refugees in Europe.

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Welcome Notes in Torino

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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3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

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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Europe News

News & Events – Europe

Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Europe

As Welcomes Notes program turns 3 years in 2019, Program Manager, Anna Swinkels shares the fourth ‘Story of Light’ and how we’re using music to support the growing number of refugees in Europe.

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Welcome Notes in Torino

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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3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

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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Interview: Amanda Koser-Gillespie, MWB Trainer

An interview with Amanda Koser-Gillespie, our trainer and music coach for our Music Bridge program in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin (Northern Ireland).

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Community Music Training: Heek, Germany

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

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Founded – 2017

Participants – 885

Activities – 145

Background

El Salvador is a country that suffered a brutal civil war from 1980 to 1992. Today in El Salvador, many years after ‘peace’ was declared, inequality, fear and violence still prevail.

We have partnered with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education of El Salvador, as part of a national program to build capacities for teachers in peacebuilding.

Community Music Leadership Training

We are training 35 Salvadoran music teachers and community facilitators to become community music leaders, and use music as a tool to promote inclusion and social harmony.

The training is based on our Community Music Leadership training that has been developed and delivered in Central-East Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Following an assessment visit in March, our team has further developed and adapted the program to the local needs in El Salvador.

For more information about the program, please contact m.ortega@musicianswithoutborders.org

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Tigers and Hope: Borders and Music in El Salvador

Welcome to the Director’s Blog, reflecting on 20 years of peacebuilding through music.

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Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Suchitoto

Our second ‘story of light’ comes from Miguel Ortega, Program Manager of Soy Música, as he shares how the program aims to bring social change and break the cycle of violence in El Salvador.

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Soy Música – Training Week 4

We’re back in El Salvador for the fourth training week in our program Soy Música.

We are training 35 Salvadoran music teachers and community facilitators to become community music leaders, and use music as a tool to promote inclusion and social harmony among thousands of children in El Salvador.

The program is in partnership with Unicef El Salvador and the Ministerio de Educación E.S.

Fore more information: http://mwb.to/soymusica

#MusicConnects

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Tigers and Hope: Borders and Music in El Salvador

Welcome to the Director’s Blog, reflecting on 20 years of peacebuilding through music.

Read More

Connecting Through Music: Music Making in Suchitoto

Our second ‘story of light’ comes from Miguel Ortega, Program Manager of Soy Música, as he shares how the program aims to bring social change and break the cycle of violence in El Salvador.

Read More

Soy Música – Training Week 4

We’re back in El Salvador for the fourth training week in our program Soy Música.

We are training 35 Salvadoran music teachers and community facilitators to become community music leaders, and use music as a tool to promote inclusion and social harmony among thousands of children in El Salvador.

The program is in partnership with Unicef El Salvador and the Ministerio de Educación E.S.

Fore more information: http://mwb.to/soymusica

#MusicConnects

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3,174 young people making music so far in 2018

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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Soy Música – Training Week III

We’re back in El Salvador for the third training week in our program Soy Música. We are training 35 Salvadoran music teachers and community facilitators to become community music leaders, and use music as a tool to promote inclusion and social harmony among thousands of children in El Salvador.

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Training Overview

Musicians Without Borders offers several types of training for professionals in community music leadership. Based on our working principles and methodology, our trainings are based on expertise developed from working in current and post-conflict regions.

Please see our current course listings for upcoming trainings.

Introductory Course

A 2 day introductory course to Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.

Training of Workshop Leaders

A 4 day practical course to expand the knowledge and skills in community music leadership.

Training of Trainers

A 6 day in-depth course to gain skills and experience in facilitating training for community music leaders.

Welcome Notes Training

Trainings for musicians who wish to work with refugee communities in Europe.

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External & Tailored Trainings

We offer external and tailored trainings and/or workshops in community music for organizations, business, conferences and universities. To discuss your specific requirements, please contact info@mwb.ngo

Course Listing

Musicians Without Borders offers professional training in community music leadership based on our working principles and expertise developed from years of working in current and post-conflict regions. Below is an overview of upcoming trainings by and with Musicians Without Borders.

For more information please contact Meagan Hughes at: meagan@mwb.ngo

Introductory Course

An introductory course to Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.

This course is an introduction to the 5 principles of our community music training methodology: Safety, Inclusion, Equality, Creativity, and Quality. We will cover diverse approaches to community music making, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting.

Duration: 12 hour course | 2 days

Dates: July 20-21, 2019 (arrivals on evening of July 19)

Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands

Cost: €395

Deadline: March 31, 2019

View the 2018 Preliminary Program (2019 program coming soon!)

CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program

Musicians Without Borders has partnered with CONTACT to run a three week professional training program in peacebuilding and conflict transformation with electives in community music leadership. The training is open for participants who are active in their communities as musicians, workshop leaders, teachers or social activists, who would like further their knowledge of using music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change.

Dates: June 3 – 21, 2019

Location: SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA

Cost: More information on registration & fees here

Please send expressions of interest to m.hughes@mwb.ngo

Training of Trainers

An in-depth course to gain skills and experience in facilitating training for community music leaders based on Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology. This course covers the skills and knowledge needed to train others in leading community music workshops. We will examine our training methodology in relations to the 5 principles. The course examines concepts related to nonviolence, trauma and self-care. We will practice facilitating training sessions that cover didactic, pedagogic and musical skills.

Duration: 36 hours | 6 days

Dates: October 20-25, 2019 (arrivals on the evening of October 19th)

Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands

Cost: €1,195

Application: Application process opens April 2019, please write to meagan@mwb.ngo for expressions of interest.

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For further questions, contact Meagan Hughes at:meagan@mwb.ngo

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ART27

A Musicians Without Borders initiative, art27 is a platform for artists, arts educators and arts organizations working with refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.

Officially announced on June 20th, 2017, World Refugee Day, art27 seeks to:

Connect & Network

art27 organizes gatherings of socially engaged artists and arts organizations in Europe, to share expertise and forge collaborations.

Share & Promote

art27 collects and openly shares resources and knowledge with all who wish to use art to contribute to a welcoming, inclusive Europe.

Advocate & Influence

art27 seeks to impact the public narrative on war, refugees and migration. We aim to counter fear and xenophobia and promote social inclusion through participatory arts projects, arts education, community arts initiatives, exhibits, installations, and performances.

Read the art27 manifesto here

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Resources & Publications

Musicians Without Borders has resources for staff, partners, donors and the public.

Music Manuals

Music Workshop Leader’s Manual

Musicians Without Borders

Sounds of Peace Music Workshop Manual

Peace One Day & Musicians Without Borders

Speaking Engagements

Musicians Without Borders Founder and Director, Laura Hassler, speaks at many events around the world. Born and raised in New York, Laura has been active in US civil rights and peace movements from an early age. Laura studied cultural anthropology and music and later worked for social change organizations in the US and Europe.

Laura moved to the Netherlands in 1977, where she developed a career as a musician, linking music to social causes, and specializing in cultural diversity in the arts. Laura has been recognized for her vision and leadership as the recipient of the Reijer Jan Zwaan Culture Prize, Coornhert Prize, Joke Blom Award and the Arabella Carter Award.

To book Laura for a speaking engagement, please contact media@mwb.ngo

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Welcome to theDirector’s Blog,reflecting on 20 years of peacebuilding through music. by Laura Hassler “Nana, you a tiger!,” she shrieks, and I roar at her and she squeals with delight and runs her little 3-year-old escape, laughing all the way. Maya, my little granddaughter, with her funny, made-up words, her bright dark eyes, her spontaneous hugs: more precious to me than words can tell. I read about “child separations” at the US-Mexico border—thousands of children

March 22, 2019

World Wide Music Day 2019

Join us for a special musical celebration to mark our 20th Anniversary! In partnership with Poesiat & Kater, we invite you to a special benefit event in celebration of our anniversary and our ongoing efforts to inspire people worldwide to use music, to transform lives. Join us on June 21st and let’s raise a glass to 20 years of music and peacebuilding! We welcome everyone to join us and connect with our community through music.
by Laura Hassler Musicians Without Borders Founder & Director, Laura Hassler reflects on her latest trip toOuagadougou, Burkina Faso and the seminar Culture At Work Africa. Caution is good, but fear is a bad advisor I had almost canceled my first trip to West Africa. A colleague had forwarded a negative travel advisory: terrorist attacks highly likely, including in Ouagadougou. Our own security advisor had advised against it, then modified, as long as no high-profile

February 18, 2019

Introductory Course

Training dates: July 19-21, 2019 Location: Akoesticum, Ede, The NetherlandsApply onlineCost: €395 An introductory course to Musicians Without Borders’ principles and methodology.This course is an introduction to the 5 principles of our community music training methodology. We will cover diverse approaches to community music making, including body percussion, drumming, singing, movement, and songwriting.Click here for more information
Originally in CommonDreams.org by Robert C. Koehler “Music is a healing force that can and must be used to move humanity past the damage it has been doing to itself ever since war and conquest became the global norm.” And suddenly the music burst through the borders. This was in May of 1999, in a city in the Netherlands called Alkmaar. Laura Hassler, an American woman who had been living in the Netherlands for many