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Who’s who at the 2018 Summer School

Preparations for the ultimate band camp are in full swing. The 2018 Skopje Summer School is not only our Mitrovica Rock School’s 11th annual band camp, it also heralds in the Rock School’s 10th anniversary year, and launches a long term project #MusicConnects with Music School Enterprise and Roma Rock School.

The 2018 Summer School will bring together some 80 young musicians from Mitrovica, Skopje and the Netherlands. Longtime partner Fontys Rockacademie will provide training in band coaching, songwriting and sound engineering.

The ten participating bands will write their own songs, make studio recordings, shoot professional photos and music videos, and perform at an open-air concert for audience from Skopje and Mitrovica. The Summer School is known as the most intensive experience of the year, challenging students to create, produce and perform their own music for a regional audience.

The project Music Connects is supported by the Creative Twinning program of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, implemented by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency; the Stability Pact Fund through the German Embassy in Pristina; the Robert Bosch Stiftung; the Austrian Development Agency; and long-term MWB supporters.

New Project Launched to Connect Ex-Yugoslavia’s Sonic Youth

We’re happy to announce the launch of a new project, Music Connects, that aims at connecting youth from diverse communities in Kosovo and Macedonia.

With support by Creative Twinning, a program of Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and other donors, MWB will partner with Fontys Rockacademie, Mitrovica Rock School, Roma Rock School and Music School Enterprise to activate youth and build sustainable alternatives for social inclusion through state-of-the art rock music education, production and promotion.


Increasing Cultural Participation & Cooperation

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.

Video production house HATCHED-MV will produce a documentary on the project as an audiovisual testimony to the power of music to connect people across divides. 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.

Music Connects includes:

  • Successful Mitrovica Rock School programs: mixed bands, mixed workshops, daily lessons, training weeks, concerts, summer schools
  • The integration of minority groups into the program of Music School Enterprise, Skopje’s leading commercial rock school
  • The start-up of Roma Rock School, following a successful pilot in 2017, aimed at integrating Roma youth in Macedonian society through inter-ethnic music programs
  • Joint summer schools bringing mixed bands of all three schools together
  • A professional studio at the Mitrovica Rock School for use by musicians and bands from both sides, and a home studio at the Roma Rock School
  • Sound engineering training for selected participants at all three schools
  • Training at all three schools by Fontys Rockacademie
  • A documentary film by HATCHED-MV, to be submitted to film festivals in the region and the EU


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.

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

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