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Mission Category
Activity Category
Country
ALLIANCE for the TRANSFORMATION OF MUSICAL ACADEME (ATMA)
justice
dialogue/exchange
United States
Mission
Statement
to usher in a new paradigm for music studies in 21st century America.
Objectives
the recognition of black American music as a new organizing principle that serves as both American cultural anchor and vehicle for an unprecedented creative and navigational scope
Activities
https://atma.jazzcosmos.com/the-black-music-imperative/
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
ART27
understanding
digital production
Netherlands
Mission
Statement
'art27 is a platform for artists, arts educators and arts organizations working with refugees and asylum seekers in Europe and beyond'
Objectives
'manifesto: https://art27.art/manifesto/'
Activities
'connect & 12 art27 organizes gatherings of socially engaged artists and arts organizations in Europe and beyond, 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 and just society.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.member map: art27 maintains a map of its members and their participatory arts projects
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Action for Hope
community building
performance - music - traditional
Egypt
Mission
Statement
Action for Hope believes in the role of arts and culture in empowering individuals and communities, particularly those in distress. We provide people with access to culture and tools for creative expression to enrich their lives, increase the cultural capital of communities around them, and enable their contribution to our shared humanity.
Objectives
to provide cultural development and cultural relief programs that meet the social, cultural, and psychological needs of distressed and displaced communities. Integrate cultural activities into the lives of communities that undergo displacement and/or marginalization. Provide artistically talented young people, children and women living in displaced and/or marginalized communities with the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to communicate and document their stories, express themselves freely and creatively, and work professionally in the arts. Contribute to the diversity of cultural life in the countries where Action for Hope is present through the work and productions of young artists from displaced and marginalized backgrounds. Contribute to the preservation of the cultural heritage of displaced and marginalized communities by highlighting its artistic specificities, and supporting its study and practice. Lead and stimulate discussions and collaborations among key civil society organizations involved in addressing the challenges that displaced and marginalized communities are facing, and advocate the role the arts could play in addressing these challenges.
Activities
https://www.act4hope.org/programs/
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Afghanistan National Institute of Music
youth development
music education
Afghanistan
Mission
Statement
ANIM innovatively uses the soft power of music in rebuilding a nation transforming lives, communities, and facilitating in the ethnic and intercultural dialogue within Afghanistan and internationally.
Objectives
Objectives: Ensure the musical rights of Afghan people; Transforming lives and communities through music education; Promoting gender equality and empowering girls; Promote musical diversity and healing of the nation through music; Community outreach and social impact; Embracing cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue
Activities
music education
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
African Artists for Development
community building
performance - music - popular
France
Mission
Statement
deep-seated conviction: contemporary African artists' commitment to development projects is one of the best ways to secure a better future for the continent
Objectives
AAD projects aim to generate sustainable economic and societal development, well-being, better living and changes in mentality by playing more on leverage effects than on the volume of committed budgets. AAD provides the necessary impetus and provides funding for the maturation and consolidation of development projects and artistic initiatives linked to them, but still refuses any approach limited to simple assistantship. AAL projects are short/medium term; it is a question of catalysing actions, not of operating them as such.
Activities
supports community development projects associated with the creations of contemporary African artists. http://aad-fund.org/programmes/
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Aga Khan Music Programme
community building
performance - music - popular
United States
Mission
Statement
to foster the development of living musical heritage in societies across the world where Muslims have a significant presence, and disseminate this work internationally through collaborations with exceptionally creative musicians, artists, educators, and arts presenters.
Objectives
Activities
AKMP was launched in Central Asia, with projects in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, and subsequently expanded to the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and West Africa. AKMP comprises the former Aga Khan Music Initiative and the Secretariat of the Aga Khan Music Awards. We focus on innovative music and foster the creation of new music inspired but not constrained by tradition. A newly created music publishing arm is managing intellectual property rights for recordings, publications, educational materials, music compositions, and films developed by or featuring educators and artists across AKMP's areas of activity.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Agrigento
community building
funding
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
To support and promote work within the field of music as social action. To strengthen connections between practice and research. To create more space for critical conversations and sharing of knowledge.
Objectives
Activities
projects: https://agrigentomusic.com/projects-we-support-2/
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Al Kamandjâti
youth development
music education
Palestine
Mission
Statement
'Al Kamandjâti exists to teach music to Palestinian children, especially those in marginalized areas and to make music accessible to the entire Palestinian community, strengthening their appreciation of Palestinian identity, as well as of other Arab and international cultures.'
Objectives
'To disseminate musical culture among all members of the Palestinian society, to empower the creativity of young persons, make them aware of their Palestinian national identity, contribute to the building of a cohesive society that respects freedom of expression, pluralism, tolerance, equality and cooperation.
Activities
primarily music education and youth orchestras
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Apple Hill Foundation Playing for Peace
peace
music education
United States
Mission
Statement
'Playing for Peace, our philosophy of inclusion that brings together students and faculty from around the world to play chamber music at Apple Hill. Playing for Peace was founded in 1988 to assemble musicians from areas in political conflict to play chamber music together. Over the span of 30 years, the program has grown to include many other communities, including those who are underrepresented in classical music, separated by racial or ethnic discord, or by differences of gender, orientation, ideology, religion, age, or playing level.
Objectives
Activities
The students work together and are coached daily in pre-assigned small ensembles, without a conductor, using the five skills of chamber music: watching, listening, being sensitive, flexible, and then adapting—the same skills they will need in their daily lives once they return to their home communities. Students also share meals, indoor and outdoor chores, and socialize together, forming meaningful friendships that enhance their growth. It takes courage for these students to open themselves to playing and working together musically and socially, and they come to trust, take risks, and connect with each other in ways that transcend boundaries they may encounter back home.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Arab-Jewish Community Center Choir Programs (Voices of Peace and Nitzanim)
peace
performance - music - popular
Israel
Mission
Statement
show to themselves, their community and the world that Jews and Arabs can, and do, live together peacefully—regardless of the political pressures surrounding them
Objectives
Activities
Chorus rehearsal and performance, especially with multicultural and multilingual songs, primarily with teenagers. International tours.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Art & Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community
reconciliation
research
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
to question the potential of arts-based and creative approaches to reconciliation.
Objectives
to develop a more systematic understanding of the potential advantages and pitfalls of these sorts of approaches, as well as developing our understanding of what reconciliation might entail in different contexts and to different constituencies.
Activities
Art and Reconciliation explored the concept and practice of reconciliation combining approaches from history and conflict resolution, art and creative practice, and both qualitative and quantitative social science methods in three strands: History, Practice and Discourse.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Art Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue
reconciliation
digital production
Switzerland
Mission
Statement
highlights the social role of artists in processes of memory and reconciliation, and, hence, in promoting human rights, dignity and artistic freedom.
Objectives
This project aims to achieve: A portfolio of good practices mapped; Training tools for cultural and humanitarian operators produced; Cultural, humanitarian and development operators trained in more than 100 countries; A multi-stakeholders platform set up, committed to promoting the Arts for human rights and dignity, including UNESCO Chairs and international experts, art activists and development operators; Over 100,000 people living in places of hardship enrolled in artistic initiatives!
Activities
Art Lab will also conduct pilot-activities with the support of UN Field Offices, to sensitize and train cultural, development and humanitarian operators on how to plan and implement artistic interventions within post-conflict contexts, camps or urban settings (refugees), and amongst excluded communities. Art Lab will also collect good practices with relevant indicators to showcase the concrete impact of the Arts in the field.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Ashtar
youth development
performance - theatre
Palestine
Mission
Statement
We aim to promote creativity and commitment for change through a novel combination of specific training and acting programs and services and professional theatre performances. If marginalized audience is unable to come to our main location in Ramallah, we move our stage to these often remote areas to include everyone.
Objectives
Activities
At ASHTAR we offer intensive theatre training programs for local students throughout the year, often resulting in performances on stage, but also equipping young Palestinians with essential skills that go beyond acting. Apart from an increased level of self-awareness and confidence, additional qualifications resulting from our training methodology are leadership, communication, and team work skills. Our Master Classes attract theatre professionals and students from any continent, transforming Ashtar in a truly global space over the summer months every year. During this period international and local students work directly with theatre professionals and have the opportunity to engage in intensive training and cultural exchange, while learning about Palestine at the same time. One of ASHTAR's pioneering specialties is a highly successful genre known as Forum Theatre. The purpose of Forum Theatre is to promote a more active dialogue and commitment for change within the society. This theatre form engages the audience to interact on stage with essential social and political issues, transforming a commonly passive audience into pro-active and involved participants. In essence, Forum Theatre is a vital and engaging democracy-building tool. Through the use of the integrated methods of Forum Theatre, ASHTAR stands as an agent of change in Palestine.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Australian Human Rights Institute Choir
justice
performance - music - classical
Australia
Mission
Statement
created with the aim of supporting staff health and happiness at UNSW Sydney. John brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the choir, introducing new ways of thinking about music and human rights together.
Objectives
Activities
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
BLUME Haiti
youth development
music education
Haiti
Mission
Statement
BLUME Haiti works with Haitian and international partners to develop leadership skills, awaken individual potential, and create opportunities for civic collaboration and economic development through the shared pursuit of musical excellence.
Objectives
The numerous programs we organize and sponsor provide opportunities to develop leadership skills and create many occasions for civic collaboration and economic development. The discipline of music, the ability to work together, the use of music as a tool of social inclusion, all of this and more comes to the forefront of our work in Haiti. In short, we are helping a generation of young Haitians find their voice.
Activities
music education, workshops, instrument repair, orchestra institute, other social services. https://www.blumehaiti.org/ouractivities
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Beyond Empathy
community building
dialogue/exchange
Australia
Mission
Statement
Since 2005 Beyond Empathy has been working to cultivate mutual trust and a shared willingness to build close-knit and trusting neighbourhoods. Through the process of creating and sharing art, we support these neighbourhoods to unravel the effects of social disadvantage by building new pathways into improved health and wellbeing, learning, employment, and social inclusion.
Objectives
Beyond Empathy is a team of artists, mentors, community workers, local practitioners and leaders who encourage genuine artistic autonomy, allowing creative expression to truly flourish, resulting in works that are bold, fearless and unique. When these works are presented in the local neighbourhoods by the people who make them, change and growth occurs through empowering them to have agency over their lives and decisions, sometimes transforming how they see themselves, and how others perceive them. Our process enables people and their neighbourhoods to thrive.
Activities
Beyond Empathy is a team of artists, mentors, community workers, local practitioners and leaders who encourage genuine artistic autonomy, allowing creative expression to truly flourish, resulting in works that are bold, fearless and unique. When these works are presented in the local neighbourhoods by the people who make them, change and growth occurs through empowering them to have agency over their lives and decisions, sometimes transforming how they see themselves, and how others perceive them. Our process enables people and their neighbourhoods to thrive.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Beyond Skin
understanding
music education
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
We design and facilitate innovative Music, Arts & Media projects that strengthen community relations, nurture peace processes, cultivate security, empower youth and promote interaction between different cultures.
Objectives
To use Music, Arts & New Media as a tool for cultural education & exchange in an aim to address issues of racism & sectarianism. Sponsors several different programs, in various countries. Many seem based on songwriting, bringing students from different backgrounds (e.g. Catholic and Protestant Irish), other things like Mark Smulians MindHarp
Activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Bi-Communal Choir for Peace - Lena Melanidou
understanding
performance - music - traditional
Cyprus
Mission
Statement
two communities, Turkish-Cypriots and Greek-Cypriots, who share the same vision of a re-unified and peaceful common country and also believe in the unity of the two communities through Music. do not compromise with the division of our island but we long to see a re-unified Cyprus, part of the big European family which will safeguard a peaceful, happy and prosperous future for all its inhabitants.
Objectives
Activities
The choir repertoire consists mainly of selected songs from the tradition of Cyprus in both Greek-Cypriot and Turkish - Cypriot dialects as well as newer songs in Greek, Turkish and any other language as long as they send messages of peace, love, solidarity and reconciliation, messages that conform with our aims and visions. The choir works under the instructions of two conductors, a Turkish-Cypriot and a Greek-Cypriot and it also co-operates and performs with cultural groups of the smaller communities of Maronites and Armenians.
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Bluegrass Ambassadors (Henhouse Prowlers Band)
understanding
performance - music - popular
United States
Mission
Statement
Our Mission is to educate and inspire through the cultural exchange of music.
Objectives
Our Vision is to provide unique educational programming that blends global folk music traditions with cultural awareness and understanding.
Activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Brandeis Peacebuilding and the Arts
peace
performance - theatre
United States
Mission
Statement
focuses on the distinctive contributions of culture and the arts to the transformation of conflict.
Objectives
Activities
We collaborate with artists who work in divided communities, supporting them to reflect on, document, and strengthen their practice. The lessons from these collaborations are accessible through publications, trainings, courses, and this virtual resource center.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Brass Liberation Orchestra
community building
performance - music - popular
United States
Mission
Statement
The Brass Liberation Orchestra makes loud on the streets to inspire, instigate, agitate, mourn, celebrate, and communicate. We stand in solidarity with groups and movements who are working for a more just and equitable world. We are a work in progress. We work to build a multigender/multiracial/multigenerational group that enhances and strengthens the culture of the Left.
Objectives
Activities
Activism; brass band performances for political rallies/marches, community events, etc.
Geographical
Scope
state
Website
Buffalo String Works
youth development
music education
United States
Mission
Statement
To ignite personal and community leadership through accessible, youth-centered music education.
Objectives
For our students especially, many of whom hail from all over the world, the universal language of music can be a lifeline. We aim to cultivate a positive space that supports our students’ development into curious, confident, committed individuals who make a difference in their new home: exemplary musicians who are also exemplary citizens. Through our intensive and thoughtful programming both in the classroom and on stage, we seek to transform our audiences, neighborhoods, and the Western New York community, offering a sense of belonging to new Americans and those who have long called Buffalo home.
Activities
We provide rigorous music instruction and a creative home for refugee, immigrant, and historically marginalized youth. We now offer lessons in violin, viola, cello, and bass to 160 students at our own site on Niagara St. in Buffalo and two school-based sites at Charter School of Inquiry and NativityMiguel Middle School.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Cambodian Living Arts
empowerment
performance - music - traditional
Cambodia
Mission
Statement
Our mission is to be a catalyst in a vibrant arts sector, inspiring new generations.
Objectives
We envision the arts and cultural expression as essential to a thriving future for Cambodia.
Activities
Arts4Peace Festival; classes, offering scholarships, fellowships and professional development training, creating job opportunities, cultural policy advocacy, small grants, running creative skills workshops and supporting the creation of new work.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology
community building
research
Canada
Mission
Statement
to facilitate multicultural musical sound for the public good, through multiple ethnomusicological activities worldwide: musical archiving, performance, research, teaching, and community engaged outreach - all contributing towards human development: improving the world through music, building and sustaining community through expressive sound.
Objectives
Activities
world music archive; range of research, teaching, performance, and outreach projects, including Music for Global Human Development (m4ghd.org), K-12 education, world music ensembles, the Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra, and the recently-founded covid-19 era TranceCultural Orchestra (see http://bit.ly/trancetrans)
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections
justice
performance - music - songwriting and/or composition
United States
Mission
Statement
'Music can be a tool of hope and healing, providing a way to process and respond to even the most challenging times. Witness these artists—along with faculty, family, and friends—as they share their vision of a path forward through music.'
Objectives
Activities
'Committed to helping people achieve positive, meaningful creative goals, Musical Connections invites men at Sing Sing Correctional Facility to create and perform music with visiting artists. A series of workshops focuses on developing composition, arrangement, instrumental, and vocal skills, while several concerts for the facility’s residents, staff, and families feature original works written and performed by the artistic community. After returning home to New York City, men meet regularly to support each other, inform the program as an advisory committee, and continue to make and perform music with support from Musical Connections teaching artists. A band made up of members of the committee, THE FREEDOM TRAP, performs at a range of conferences and gatherings. The musicians’ individual stories and music are regularly featured as part of events presented by academic, philanthropic, governmental, and justice-involved organizations.
Geographical
Scope
state
Website
Cavan Cross Cultural Community
understanding
dialogue/exchange
Ireland
Mission
Statement
'to facilitate the development of a Multicultural 12 for County Cavan. This was an opportunity for ethnic minorities in Cavan to get involved, develop their own skills and capacity with a view to influencing local policy and to let Cavan have a strong and diverse representation in the country. '
Objectives
To establish a sustainable Multi Cultural 12 for county Cavan and that relationships within the 12 are built on mutual respect and understanding. The Multi-Cultural 12 will be the lead in terms of protecting diversity, continue to promote inter-faith dialogue and act as a voice for all ethnic minority groups within county Cavan.The Multi-Cultural 12 will promote pluralism and the acceptance of differences, encouraging a culture of respect for freedom and dignity and understanding of human rights and equality in the State. The Multi-Cultural 12 will articulate and promote an understanding of interculturalism and diversity in local communities based on human rights and equality. The Multi-Cultural 12 will participate at a Local Government Level and contribute to local decision making that will affect the lives of its members. To aid the group in identifying Training on Diversity, Interculturalism and Inter Faith. To aid the group in identifying Awareness Training (Racism, Intolerance, Human Rights, Equality). The programme of work will culminate in the organisation with a seminar to be organised by the new group.'
Activities
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Centre for Music and Conflict (CMC)
peace
research
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
The CMC explores the various roles that music and the arts play in reflecting, representing, commenting on and commemorating conflict. It also explores music in conflict situations, and in the contexts of conflict resolution, resilience, diplomacy and peace building.
Objectives
Activities
The CMC is focused primarily on the following themes: Creative practice and conflict Music in war and peace Nationalism and transnationalism Music, politics and international diplomacy Commemoration Trauma and healing.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Classical Music for the World
understanding
performance - music - classical
United States
Mission
Statement
CMFW passionately believes in the life-enhancing power of classical music -- that its timeless beauty can brighten the darkest lives; its symmetry can bring order to chaos; its delicate ability to touch the soul can restore one's faith; and its universal appeal to the senses can unite people of disparate cultures. We commit ourselves to performing and sharing classical music for people of the world who long for beauty and inspiration in their lives.
Objectives
Activities
mostly concert production (including benefit concerts), also international festival and music exchange
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Code Listen
understanding
dialogue/exchange
United States
Mission
Statement
Code Listen is a listening-centered project using the transformative power of creative music and performance to support healing and dialogue on violence, racism and policing.
Objectives
Activities
Code Listen is an ensemble and memorial project that brings together members of the Boston Police Department, homicide survivors, teen artists, and community organizations
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Community Arts 12
community building
digital production
Austria
Mission
Statement
'To give a name to the hallenges ahead, to apply art as a force for change, to inspire and connect through the unexpected — that's why we exist.'
Objectives
'Co-created by visionaries who believe that the transformative power of the arts can be used for social impact, CAN is a platform that aims to enable, engage and empower individuals, organizations and communities through arts and unlikely alliances to generate meaningful change and shape a humane future, together.',
Activities
'Provides 12, tools for research and promotion, etc.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Continuum
understanding
dialogue/exchange
United States
Mission
Statement
'Continuum facilitates artistic collaborations, interpersonal connection, and a vital flow of ideas and good will that crosses international borders. We are expanding the possibilities for living for people both in the US and in other parts of the world.
Objectives
Activities
cultural exchange with intl musicians
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy)
empowerment
performance - music - traditional
Lebanon
Mission
Statement
To empower, engage, and unite communities through supporting creative and artistic productions, capacity building, and shared cultural knowledge; To inspire artistic expression, support creative talents, and enhance cultural management skills; To celebrate and promote a rich, diverse and creative heritage in the Arab region; To promote innovation and creativity for the development of a diverse and open cultural landscape
Objectives
seeks to support artistic creativity in the Arab region and to encourage cultural exchange within the region and beyond. The work of Culture Resource is based on an appreciation of the value of the diverse cultural heritage within the Arab region, and a belief in the critical role of culture in the development of civil society, the importance of access to culture for all, and the rights of artists to freedom of expression.
Activities
support for independent artists to create new work and to travel and tour these works, capacity building and training programs and publications in Arabic aimed at developing cultural managers and organizations, cultural policy research, support for artists at risk, and supporting the sustainability of cultural industries in the region, without undermining the value of culture as a public good and a basic human right.
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Cultures in Harmony
understanding
dialogue/exchange
United States
Mission
Statement
brings people together through music
Objectives
to advance and promote international and cultural understanding through music and interaction; to organize and sponsor trips to foreign countries for American classical musicians; to expose the American public to musicians from foreign countries and different cultures; to offer and provide forums for musical collaboration, performance and appreciation; to encourage and facilitate collaborations with local musicians, collaborations with humanitarian organizations and interaction with local culture through music, staying with host families and learning the language; and to conduct any and all lawful activities that may be useful in accomplishing the foregoing purposes.
Activities
https://harmonybeat.blogspot.com/
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Dance for Peace Cyprus
understanding
performance - dance
Cyprus
Mission
Statement
to promote the common elements of Cyprus culture between Greekcypriots and Turkishcypriots. Folklore Dancers and Musicians from both communities of Cyprus have come together to show that our common culture has the power to unite Cypriot people, despite any religious, linguistic or other difference.
Objectives
Activities
The members of the Group dance in performances throughout Cyprus and abroad to promote the common Cypriot culture.The Group's rehearsals and meetings are open to everyone interested in folklore dancing and reapprochment between Greekcypriots and Turkishcypriots.
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Dosti
understanding
dialogue/exchange
India
Mission
Statement
Dosti, which means friendship in both Urdu and Hindi, seeks to transcend political and cultural barriers through cross-cultural musical collaboration.
Objectives
The Dosti Music Project brought together a group of musicians from Pakistan, India, and the U.S. for a month-long residency and tour in 2015 and 2016. An initiative of the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, Dosti invited a group of Pakistani, Indian, and U.S. musicians from a wide variety of traditions, ranging from Sufi singing to beatmaking to avant garde jazz, to collaboratively write, record, and perform original music, reinvent traditional music, and develop impactful initiatives aimed at local and international communities.
Activities
Through the process of sharing, listening, and collaborating, the Dosti musicians model creative, cooperative, and egalitarian cultural exchange between India, Pakistan, and the United States – providing a positive template for cross-national discourse and people-to-people diplomacy. By providing musicians from India and Pakistan the infrastructure for collaboration and integration, Dosti creates a unique opportunity to reconnect musical traditions and re-link the politically fractured South Asian subcontinent. By facilitating the project in the U.S. and including American musicians, the U.S. participates as capacity-builders and as equal partners, establishing a model of cultural interaction that can positively impact diplomatic and political discourses.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Dunna
peace
performance - dance
Colombia
Mission
Statement
Our mission is to contribute to the construction of a sustainable peace in Colombia through the evaluation and implementation of mind-body strategies aimed at the promotion of mental health, emotional recovery and coexistence of the populations most affected by different types of violence.
Objectives
Activities
Dance and Movement Programs: These programs are oriented to the body self-awareness and the expression of emotions through the movement, facilitating comprehensive transformation processes. Spaces are provided for the recovery of cultural manifestations that have been seen affected by the armed conflict.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra
understanding
performance - music - traditional
Canada
Mission
Statement
Its aim is to bridge the constructed cultural divides that appear to separate people from each other, and to exhibit such bridges, all through socialized sound in live musical performance.
Objectives
Activities
The ETO demonstrates these pan-human linkages musically, in two ways: (1) socially, in the group itself, which is diverse, in backgrounds, languages, ages; crossing boundaries of all sorts - including university students, staff, and faculty as well as members of the broader Edmonton community, and (2) musically, by highlighting the flow of music through people, via non-stop boundaryless performances, linking diverse regions and societies around the world through continuous sheets of sound. Socially, we aim to represent our community, drawing membership from every corner, in all its diversity, transcending rather than reinforcing boundaries in our performances. Musically, we focus on the idea that music crosses putative boundaries, just like we do, and erases them in the process - we look for melodies and sounds that have traveled, and invent new ones that will travel in the future. The ETO is committed to representing and creating connections above and beyond perceptions of individual, discrete cultures, imagined to be separable, countable bubbles. Rather, in our view, culture is individual - we're all culturally unique, just as we're genetically unique, and we each view culture from a unique perspective... at the same time the phenomenon of culture is pan-human, connecting us all. It is impossible to separate one culture from another... cultures are not internally homogeneous, because too much is shared, and all is in motion. We transcend culture considered as a countable noun to reveal -- and help create-- a more general cultural flow, through sound.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
El Mastaba
community building
performance - music - traditional
Egypt
Mission
Statement
pioneers social change through the arts
Objectives
For society as a whole to value the role of traditional musicians in the wider community, an expanded field of play and larger, more diverse audiences are required. There is a critical need to mentor and prepare traditional musicians for live performance in diverse contexts that demonstrate their importance to the larger cultural arena. We aim to expand the performance program in our new space, El Tanbura Hall with an educational program of lecture/demonstrations and documentary films to educate the public and to overcome local perception of traditional musicians as irrelevant to the ambitions of a modern nation-state, as well as to demonstrate their value as an artistic resource to contemporary artists.
Activities
Performances: Located in downtown Cairo (see Contacts for address), El Mastaba presents four regular weekly concerts: a weekly performance in Cairo at El Dammah Theater for Free Arts brings performances by the 11 bands of the El Mastaba Network (for detailed information about the bands El Mastaba supports, click here) with a focus on the simsimia and damma traditions from Port Said and the Suez Canal region in general, the music of Rango, originating from Sudanese and Egyptian Zar rituals and the Bedouin music from the Sinai. Three performances of the bands, El Tanbura, El Hinna and El Waziry take place weekly in Port Said, Ismailia and Suez, respectively. See Videos for a list of El Mastaba performances on the Web. Schools: El Mastaba has founded and maintains three schools, one in Port Said, a second in Suez and the third, just established (2012), in El Arish for teaching children their musical heritage. 15 students in each school range from the age of 6 to 16 years old and are taught to play the popular instruments and rhythms, and also to learn and keep and perform the popular songs and dances. The Center also fosters balanced growth by combining art and knowledge as it monitors and encourages the general educational development of the students, promoting the value of education to their future. The students also gain experience as performers: they have performed in more than 15 concerts in the Canal Zone and in Cairo. These performances have attracted diverse audiences which includes a number of street children. El Mastaba has brought these students together in three bands (see LINK to Bands), produced a CD of their work and found them opportunities to perform for audiences. Archive: The Center houses and maintains an archive of over 700 hours of audio-visual material, including recorded interviews, performances and films. A catalogue of the archive materials is available in Arabic and we have plans to translate it to English and put it online. Production: El Mastaba also produces Cds, DVDs, as well as films and promotional material for the bands. For a list of El Mastaba productions and how to purchase them, see Videos.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Ettijahat
empowerment
research
Syria
Mission
Statement
Our main goal is to activate the role of independent artists in enabling cultural, political and social change. We also seek to build a strong and authentic relationship between culture and art and all other sectors of society. We aim to achieve this by supporting artists and cultural entrepreneurs, empowering young researchers, building consensus and alliances between individuals and cultural institutions, promoting art and artists through regional and international platforms, and making art and culture more accessible to local and international communities and audiences.
Objectives
Improve the general ecosystem of Syrian cultural work by drafting cultural policies, identifying art, cultural and academic courses and diversifying the sources and means of funding. Support young artists and the independent cultural sector by creating opportunities for production, networking, and advancement in skills, knowledge and expertise. Integrate creative cultural work in the process of social change by promoting cultural initiatives that seek to improve the lives of young people and other marginalized groups most affected by political strife.
Activities
Supporting Art Production and Promotion; Supporting Cultural Research and Knowledge Production; Empowering Art in Exile and Promoting Social Change; Empowering Arts Education and Capacity Building; Advocacy.
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Fayha National Choir of Lebanon
youth development
performance - music - traditional
Lebanon
Mission
Statement
Our projects aim to rid children and youth from all kinds of deviation including dropping out of school, dealing/doing drugs, joining gangs, carrying arms, and so on. It is our firm belief that this can solely be done by the power of music, especially choir singing.
Objectives
Activities
In particular, choirs for Syrian and Palestinian refugees
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Found Sound Nation
understanding
digital production
United States
Mission
Statement
Objectives
Activities
FSN partners with local youth, social organizations, music festivals, and artists across all disciplines. Our work emphasizes a mobile approach to recording and producing professional quality music. This technique combines the art music traditions of musique concréte, hip hop, audio journalism, and contemporary composition. Our method is adaptable to different environments, based on finding the sounds and resonances of each space, drawing upon the talents of musicians in the local scene, and examining issues most relevant to each community. Our aim is to enliven a global conversation about how creative collaboration in music can address issues we face locally and collectively, while making the world a funkier and more harmonious place.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Fruit of Labor
justice
dialogue/exchange
United States
Mission
Statement
To provide our community members - youth, women, students, workers, immigrants, elders - an enlightening, comfortable & fun cultural and social justice educational experience using music, art, food, exercise, film, dance and empowering culture and fellowship. To provide the best empowering cultural & educational experience that can help engage and empower our community and each community person. To raise social and political consciousness as we educate each other in a fun environment. To treat you as a guest in our "community living room", To create a comfortable home for engaging our community members in social justice efforts as to create trans-formative power for the betterment of our community.
Objectives
Activities
Fruit of Labor Singing Ensemble; Hip Hop for Justice program
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Fundación Artística y Social La Familia Ayara
peace
performance - music - popular
Colombia
Mission
Statement
Somos Hiphoppers Colombianos Cambiando el mundo
Objectives
Activities
Organized Battle de Barrio (rap duels): https://www.facebook.com/BattleDeBarrio; organize events. ; https://lafamiliaayara.wordpress.com/
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Fundación Música por la Paz y Medioambiente
peace
music education
Colombia
Mission
Statement
'trabajar por un mundo mejor en donde todos seamos realmente iguales, en donde exista el apoyo mutuo y prime el bienestar común. Este grupo de socios de la fundación, poco a poco da forma a la idea del cómo a través del arte y la educación no formal, se puede ayudar y como contribuir al desarrollo social, para a su vez mejorar la calidad de vida del sector menos favorecido de la misma sociedad colombiana; incluyendo a la poblacion victima del conflicto armado en colombia, cabe resaltar la labor social sin beneficio particular individual.
Objectives
Activities
formación académica no formal, actividades de espectáculos en vivo, otras actividades recreativas y de esparcimiento; y otras actividades deportivas.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Genesis at the Crossroads
understanding
performance - music - traditional
United States
Mission
Statement
Building peaceful communities at the intersection of social justice, education, and the arts to foster healing since 1999.
Objectives
Activities
Music and PB programs: Saffron Caravan and Sounds of Healing: Saffron Caravan, The Genesis World Music Ensemble, unites professional musicians from Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Morocco, Israel/Palestine, India, Brazil, Venezuela and the United States to create new art and to perform together under the aegis of Genesis at the Crossroads. They demonstrate that the arts can be used to build sustainable bridges between cultures, made stronger through educational initiatives and collaborations with soloists, choirs and orchestras. A Global Collaboration of Saffron Caravan and Youth Musicians from Chicago and Other Conflict Areas Worldwide. For the very first time in Genesis history, Saffron Caravan, Genesis’ professional world music ensemble made up of artists from cultures in conflict, was joined by youth musician graduates from the last five years of our Genesis Academy Summer Institutes. The youth are from Chicago and many different areas of conflict. (DR Congo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Venezuela and more…). All the students worked together virtually around the world to collaboratively compose four original songs for Sounds of Healing, one with Saffron Caravan. For the remainder of the program material, Saffron Caravan artists did the same.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)
peace
dialogue/exchange
Netherlands
Mission
Statement
GPPAC is a global network that links civil society with relevant local, national, regional and international actors and institutions to collectively contribute to a fundamental change in dealing with violence and armed conflicts: a shift from reaction to prevention.
Objectives
GPPAC seeks a world where violence and armed conflicts are prevented and resolved by peaceful means based on justice, gender equity, sustainable development and human security for all.
Activities
Fosters a network and disseminates resources globally to orgs working in peacebuilding ( enhancing capacities ) https://www.gppac.net/what-we-do
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Guri Santa Marcelina
youth development
music education
Brazil
Mission
Statement
" to offer music education and socio-cultural inclusion to children and adolescents in the Metropolitan area of the city of Sao Paulo. Through quality music education integrated with social service support, the Program offers an opportunity of growth and social inclusion to students between the ages of 6-18 years."
Objectives
Activities
"Through playful activities and practice, children will take their very first steps into the programme at the age of six. At the age of eight, children may join the Children’s Choir, the youngest ensemble within Guri’s Children and Youth Groups. Right after their initiation, sequel programmes are offered for boys and girls to study singing or instruments, further to choir, with collective classes, group practice and music theory. Those who want to deepen their artistic skills may apply to Children and Youth Groups where they experience a thorough musical life."
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Heartbeat
understanding
music education
United States
Mission
Statement
Heartbeat is a global community of musicians who unite to break down barriers, build empathy, and promote equality
Objectives
Heartbeat enables music-driven, youth dialogue programs that build bridges and critical awareness between communities otherwise divided by conflict, racism and injustice. Using music education as a medium for transferable learning, youth ensemble members build critical awareness, respect, and trust while harnessing their creativity to imagine possibilities, ask questions, and publicly address systemic problems and injustices
Activities
http://heartbeat.fm/programs/
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Hilti Foundation Music for Social Change programming
youth development
funding
Liechtenstein
Mission
Statement
By helping to fund and develop music programs internationally, we empower many children and youths to make conscious life choices and become independent, responsible and active members of society.
Objectives
Activities
We support and accompany selected projects that share the basic idea of social change through music and adapt and refine them according to local conditions and needs. With the Academy for Impact through Music (AIM), we want to provide future generations of teachers with comprehensive educational tools and offer strategic support for social impact-oriented teaching that promotes awareness of the importance of cross-border cooperation.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Hip Hop Psych
wellness
performance - music - popular
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
Hip-hop culture is a powerful vehicle for raising awareness about mental health. It is rich with references to psychiatric illnesses that have not been explored, dissected and documented until now. We are the interface that links hip-hop music and culture with mental health. Our medical credibility and authentic passion for hip-hop enables us to bridge this gap. We understand the culture and speak the language. We want to share our knowledge in order to cultivate awareness, empower others and remove stigma surrounding mental health and hip-hop
Objectives
Activities
Coordinate lectures, concerts
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Honk! Festival
community building
conferencing/meet-up
United States
Mission
Statement
create an irresistible spectacle of creative movement and sonic self-expression directed at making the world a better place.
Objectives
Activities
By describing HONK! bands as activist, we are referring to bands which are socially engaged — some in direct action and outright political protest, others in community building, be it performing for social justice or community-based organizations or conducting workshops in the public schools. Further, by performing at street level, usually for free, without sound amplification and with very little distance between artist and audience, HONK! bands create a participatory spectacle to reclaim public space in ways that place them at the heart of activist politics.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
In Place of War
peace
performance - music - popular
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
We enable grassroots change-makers in music, theatre and across the arts to transform a culture of violence and suffering into hope, opportunity and freedom. Our focus is on supporting individuals or communities that have been affected by War, Post-War, Gang-War, Political Oppression
Objectives
Activities
In Place of War has three pillars of work that we deliver on the ground in places of conflict. 1. Cultural Spaces, 2. Education and Entrepreneurship, 3. Artistic Collaboration
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Institute for Music and Neurologic Function
wellness
music therapy/community music therapy
United States
Mission
Statement
offers groundbreaking music therapy programs to restore, maintain and improve patients’ physical, emotional and neurological function through the methodical use of music.
Objectives
Activities
The IMNF, considered a leading authority in clinical music therapy treatment, research and education, offers individuals in the New York City community a variety of resources, including: Expertise in treating neurological diseases such as stroke, trauma, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other diseases and conditions.; Vast clinical experience applying music therapy techniques to diverse client populations.; Internationally and nationally recognized training programs in music therapy.
Geographical
Scope
state
Website
Intergenerational Music Making
community building
music therapy/community music therapy
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
Intergenerational Music Making aims to build bridges across generations, sectors and amongst professionals to create stronger, more cohesive communities. Using the power of music we bring children, older people and communities together to create and connect. Through our projects, training and research we aim to encourage a sense of belonging to provide spaces for voices to be heard and celebrated. Our work aids the improvement of mental and physical wellbeing and reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Objectives
1. Improve community cohesion through intergenerational relationships. 2. To reduce feelings of isolation amongst older people and young people, particularly for those living alone and minoritised communities. 3. To improve sense of self-worth and self-esteem for older and younger alike. 4. To empower individuals to be drivers of change within the music, health, and wellbeing discourse. 5. To encourage and nurture a network of connection across sectors, professionals, and generations; built upon music.
Activities
songwriting activities, music education, music therapy programming
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Interkultur World Choir Games
peace
performance - music - traditional
Germany
Mission
Statement
"The idea to create an event like the World Choir Games is based on the Olympic ideals, which aim to peacefully unify people and nations connected by song in a fair competition. This idea is supposed to inspire people to experience the power of interaction by singing together. Unrelated to artistic levels, this approach challenges personality and team spirit likewise."
Objectives
It contributes to people overcoming conflicts and setting, through their social interaction, an example for other people. Music is the common language of the world and serves as a link between cultures and nations.
Activities
The World Choir Games are an international choir festival taking place every two years on different continents.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
International Music Council
justice
digital production
France
Mission
Statement
'IMC's mission is to develop sustainable music sectors worldwide, to create awareness about the value of music, to make music matter throughout the fabric of society,and to uphold basic music rights in all countries.
Objectives
highly influential 12 advocating for appropriate policies and practices aimed at strengthening the work of its members and partners worldwide
Activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Jâca Cultural Exchange Program
understanding
performance - music - popular
United States
Mission
Statement
Music is a unique language that can move beyond words to communicate important ideas. In today’s increasingly connected world, we can harness this powerful tool to better understand each other.
Objectives
The goal of JCEP is simple… We aim to celebrate our differences and make a positive impact on the world by using our position as touring musicians to connect cultural communities worldwide and to give back to the communities we perform in.
Activities
How it works: We accumulate direct donations, fundraise through the sale of cultural products from our travels, and devote a percentage of all Jâca merchandise to the JCEP fund. Each year, we spotlight an underprivileged musical community in need of financial support and work with them to determine the best way to disperse these funds. When you contribute to JCEP, you are not just buying merchandise: you are learning about the people of another culture while helping an underserved community gain better access to the arts.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Key Changes
wellness
music therapy/community music therapy
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
to promote positive mental health & wellbeing through music.
Objectives
Activities
Our programmes support people struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar, psychosis, & other mental health & neurodiverse conditions. Using a unique music industry informed evidence-based therapeutic approach, our work is delivered by specially trained professional producers, artists, managers, industry experts, & creatives.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Keys of Change
youth development
music education
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
to empower, inspire, and uplift those in need, giving them the courage to overcome adversity and embrace a hopeful future.
Objectives
Activities
providing access to music education to young people around the world.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
La Boîte interculturelle - Music as a Tool for Dialogue
understanding
digital production
Canada
Mission
Statement
'La Boîte interculturelle brings together communities from around the world by curating unique opportunities for dialogue, creativity and empowerment.
Objectives
Marchande d’idées interculturelles inc. is founded by Nathalie Lévesque. The organization aims to develop intercultural exchanges between different communities in order to raise public awareness of the benefits of exchanges as a tool to promote dialogue and create lasting partnerships.
Activities
In order to promote not only diversity but also rapprochement and dialogue, we offer video capsules of people and artists from here and elsewhere on the theme of music as a tool for dialogue. New videos will be added regularly to our Youtube channel and will be visible in the playlist below.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Life & Peace Institute
peace
dialogue/exchange
Sweden
Mission
Statement
We work with partners and other allies to support all stakeholders to play an active role in preventing and transforming violent conflict and promoting inclusive and sustainable societies through a combination of action and research.
Objectives
Our goal is to contribute to a more equitable and just world by promoting sustainability and collaboration for peace, social justice, and reconciliation among people and the environment.
Activities
Strategic Priorities: 1. Inclusive engagement for peace, 2. Policy engagement and awareness raising, 3. Collaborative learning to enhance practice and policy
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Living Traditions Network
community building
digital production
United States
Mission
Statement
A collaborative effort of traditional artists, organizations, and communities that sustain living traditions.
Objectives
Activities
Agencies, organizations, and culture bearers across the country are dedicated to the folklife community, partnerships, and collaborations. With thousands of partners working with and in communities across the country, several agencies have developed resources to navigate this network. Resources to support the traditional arts community during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting loss of bookings, programming, and income.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
MUSSI (Music, Synergies and Interculturality)
understanding
music education
Portugal
Mission
Statement
to study the use of music and performance practices in elementary school education. Based on the theoretical insights of Banks et al. (2001), Banks (2003) and Parker (2003) regarding democratic teaching and multicultural education, it stressed the importance of the equilibrium between diversity and unity in relationships strategies.
Objectives
Activities
in-school performance practices programming
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Min-On Concert Association
peace
performance - music - traditional
Japan
Mission
Statement
"Min-On literally means “the people’s music,” and it is Min-On’s aim to return music to the people, offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy the world’s finest performing arts, as well as promoting international cultural exchange and peace by introducing music and performing arts from every country around the world."
Objectives
"Min-On offers a wide range of musical, cultural and educational programs for the general public with the following aims: 1. To develop a multifaceted music and cultural movement that is firmly rooted among ordinary people in order to share with an ever-greater audience the pleasure and inspiration that come from enjoying music and the performing arts. 2. To deepen mutual understanding and friendship among all countries by promoting music and cultural exchanges that transcend differences of nationality, race and language. 3. To contribute to a flourishing of music and art by developing musical programs designed to cultivate the artistic sentiments of children and young people."
Activities
Concert events, cultural exchanges, tours, public museum and music archive, educational programming, research institute (Min-On Music Research Institute).
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
MindHarp
community building
music therapy/community music therapy
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
At MindHarp we have a vision… We want to help make the world a safer, gentler and healthier place. We can make this happen together by harnessing the extraordinary healing power of music. MindHarp liberates and empowers everyone to intuitively play and engage with music.
Objectives
To help everyone realise that we are al musical humans. To persuade people to actively engage with music as often as possible if only for a few minutes at a time. To continuing improving our platform enabling anyone to immediately and seamlessly engage actively with music. To create a community of people eager to explore that they are musical as well as any others musicians artists etc and of course the millions around the world who already engage with music purely for the joy of it.
Activities
Web based platform that supplies activities that allow anyone to immediately engage with music. Working with people living with dementia Working music therapist and neuro rehabilitation Working with HR depts. to support stressed and anxious work force. In the field of education and mental health and well being
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Mobile Arts for Peace (MAP)
peace
music education
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
working with young people, educators, cultural artists, civil society workers and policy makers to inform National Curriculum and Youth Policy using arts-based approaches for peacebuilding.
Objectives
Activities
MAP provides training and skill building in Music, Dance and Drama alongside the development of safe, inclusive and progressive spaces for dialogue, active listening, and shared problem solving for peacebuilding. MAP is also committed to integrating mental health awareness and support in all its activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music Action International
peace
music therapy/community music therapy
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
We create life-changing music programmes with survivors of war, torture and persecution. We work with people in exile, in displaced communities, refugee camps and post conflict settings to improve mental health and well-being, to bring communities together and to speak out against human rights abuses.
Objectives
Activities
Our amazing music facilitators from around the world deliver creative sessions with refugees, asylum seekers and Roma people. We also provide programme consultancy, refugee & trauma awareness, talks, performances and commissions. Our unique approach significantly reduces physical and emotional trauma and creates a sense of family for people who are alone. Our specialist team, most of whom have experienced the effects of war, are trained to support children, young people and adult survivors to improve well-being through creativity in many different contexts.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music Cooperation between Sri Lanka and Norway
peace
event production
Sri Lanka
Mission
Statement
The Music Cooperation provides opportunities for Sri Lankans from all geographical areas to gather through their interest in music, and once there, creates a platform of mutual interest – bounded by time and space – for potential dialogue, exchange of ideas and knowledge, and the forging of personal bonds. Here, it acts as a bridge, creating the means for connection and sharing.
Objectives
overarching goal of facilitating cross cultural spaces for local music expressions with particular emphasis on folk and traditional art forms thereby contributing to the peace and reconciliation process of Sri Lanka.
Activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music Fund
youth development
music education
Belgium
Mission
Statement
To give young people living in conflict zones and/or poor regions the chance to practise music in suitable conditions.
Objectives
To strengthen the sustainability of music schools by improving their access to musical instruments. To create a 12 of local musical instrument repair technicians and to develop their technical abilities. To facilitate the access to reliable musical instruments for young musicians.
Activities
We collect musical instruments in Europe, we check them and repair them, then we send them to our partners (music schools and socio-artistic projects). We train musical instrument repair technicians, both locally and through traineeships in Europe, and we support the creation of local repair workshops.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music Unites
youth development
music education
United States
Mission
Statement
Music Unites works towards transforming inner-city landscapes by empowering urban youth through music.
Objectives
Music Unite’s life-changing programs and events help educate and guide our youth toward planning and achieving responsible goals for their future. Music Unites also leverages our student’s innate talents and elevates the next generation of performers by providing audiences, venues, and special performance opportunities, while at the same time enriching the listening experience of the public with performances from aspiring artists across a wide range of genres that exist in the increasingly diverse world of music.
Activities
We currently provide free after-school music programs to youth through school-based partnerships, along with special monthly workshops designed in alignment with standards for career and college readiness.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Music and Wellness Institute
wellness
research
United States
Mission
Statement
dedicated to interdisciplinary development, scientific investigation, professional training and clinical amalgamation of active music participation strategies with integrative evidence-based medical insights for the purpose of enhancing quality of life for individuals of all ages regardless of race, ethnicity or disability.
Objectives
Activities
YMWI’s primary purpose is to advance our understanding of Recreational Music Making and creative musical expression as effective lifestyle enhancement strategies. The Institute’s mission is carried out through exemplary scientific research as well as dissemination of insights and findings through multiple educational venues.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music as a Global Resource
community building
digital production
United States
Mission
Statement
'We document and promote music initiatives connecting communities and addressing critical sustainable development needs on international, national and local levels.
Objectives
highlighting music projects from around the world that utilize music as a means for sustainable development.
Activities
Music as a Global Resource strives to use music as a natural resource to develop a cross disciplinary, results-driven, and action-oriented mindset to address the MDG’s in the areas of health, education, habitat, and peace. The impetus for this far-ranging exploration is the awareness that to be economically sound and productive, the global community must also be healthy in order to reach its full potential. The initiative focuses on dialogues that emphasize the potential of music as a tool for improving the quality of life to the attention of global decision makers in government, international organizations, local authorities, and the private sector. The Music as a Global Resource initiative has since participated in an ongoing series of seven high-level UN dialogues and conferences (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015). Since then this creative holistic approach to solutions has continued and deepened through an ongoing series of six high-level UN dialogues and conferences.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music for Global Human Development
community building
performance - music - songwriting and/or composition
Canada
Mission
Statement
Music for Global Human Development (M4GHD) is an approach to applied ethnomusicology that entails participatory action research projects in music & development (humanized in aims and methods), centered on global collaborations between academics, NGOs, government organizations, musicians, and others, applying ethnomusicology to real-world social issues, focusing on peoples who have been marginalized--socially, politically, economically--by colonialism and its aftermath, whether in the "developing" world or not, and linking them to others across the globe.
Objectives
Activities
Four main branches: Songs for Development (disseminating messages); Music for Cultural Continuity; Musical Economies; Global Community Music/Sound Therapy
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music for Human Rights
justice
event production
Italy
Mission
Statement
exploring roots and ways of cultural diversity in music
Objectives
This we wanted to grap and continue and so it was born in a very cooperative way the project “music for human rights”. The idea was again to visit all the 5 participating countries and to work in each country one specific issue in frame of human rights. This should be: Cultural and religious dialogue, Escape and expulsion, Freedom of Art, Migration for economic reasons, Social justice (unemployment and unequal chances)
Activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Music for Peace
peace
performance - music - traditional
Uganda
Mission
Statement
Its vision is to harness the power of music to promote peacebuilding and positive social change in Africa.
Objectives
Activities
Music for Peace encourages peaceful messages in music and promotes cultural musical and artistic exchanges between musicians in different conflict affected regions in Africa. It organises an annual Peace Music Competition and exchange visits by artists and musicians across the continent, as well as conducting peace music parades and workshops.
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Music in Common
peace
performance - music - popular
United States
Mission
Statement
THE MISSION OF MUSIC IN COMMON IS TO STRENGTHEN, EMPOWER, AND CONNECT COMMUNITIES THROUGH THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF MUSIC
Objectives
repairs the fractures dividing communities worldwide.
Activities
Our programs facilitate dialogue, collaborative songwriting, multimedia production, and performance, and bring diverse youth and their communities together, empowering them against hate. We cultivate compassion and empathy through social-emotional learning and sharpen leadership and peacebuilding skills through our unique peer-to-peer methodology.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Music in Human and Social Development Research Group
wellness
research
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
explore the complex and powerful role of music in human experience.
Objectives
Activities
We regularly host interdisciplinary research seminars, workshops and conferences around original themes of shared interest. Collaborative projects with Edinburgh College of Art.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Music to Life
community building
performance - music - popular
United States
Mission
Statement
Our country is home to a multitude of musicians and the majority work independently: They are self-made entrepreneurs with a robust online presence, intimate connections with fans and grassroots engagement with their local communities. Perfectly positioned change makers... Indeed, many of these artists also have innovative ideas for music-driven programs that tackle pressing issues but their concepts remain largely untapped given limited training, strategic connections and resources. That's where we come in... We facilitate the skill building, resource development and mentorship opportunities that keep musicians connected, learning and growing their impact.
Objectives
Activities
Change Agent Training: Our National Accelerator Academy and local Workshops help artists turn their social change ideas into sustainable music-driven programs for communities-in-need.; Performance Platforms: Our media opportunities include performances, interviews, panels and workshops through which social change musicians can share their work with new audiences and amplify their reach.; National Network: Our National Network ensures that artists are connected with each other, seasoned mentors, educational and collaborative opportunities to grow their programs.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Music, Mind and Wellbeing Initiative
wellness
research
Australia
Mission
Statement
links neuroscience with music and social wellbeing through a unique set of collaborations spanning music, science, health, education, and industry.
Objectives
Our Vision is to foster participation in music across the lifespan, so that the benefits of music can be shared by all.
Activities
research drawing on a range of theoretical frameworks for improving music engagement and social wellbeing. New technologies enabling music engagement and practice. Theory development linking musical cultures and academic disciplines. Inclusive practices linking music and communities for social wellbeing. Research projects: https://psychologicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/research/music-mind-wellbeing/research/current-research-projects
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Musical Ambassadors of Peace
peace
dialogue/exchange
United States
Mission
Statement
'We train and fund musical ambassadors who travel the world to build cross-cultural bridges, honor and preserve indigenous musical traditions and help heal those traumatized by war.
Objectives
'We believe: 1) People who have learned and sung each others’ popular love songs together are less likely to war with one another than those who have not. 2) Music fosters sincere, heart-to-heart communication which goes beyond treaties or political agreements. 3) Musicians make ideal international diplomats and ambassadors because they know how to work together in unifying and intuitive ways. 4) International cross-cultural sharing of popular songs easily dissolves fear-based perceptions. 5) Musical sharing promotes a healthy spiritual life, replaces materialistic orientations and is available to all, including children. 6) Musical proficiency opens the door to creating deep and trustworthy friendships across language and cultural boundaries and can heal the wounds of war.
Activities
Cross-Cultural Music Performance, Refugee Support, Indigenous Music Education
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Musicians Without Borders
peace
music education
Netherlands
Mission
Statement
Musicians Without Borders is a leader in using music for social change. For over 20 years, we’ve worked with people and communities affected by war, conflict and displacement around the world.
Objectives
Musicians Without Borders philosophy and vision are based on three principles. We refer to these fundamental principles in guiding our vision, strategy, ethical choices, and organizational culture:The power of music, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The principles of nonviolence.
Activities
Runs programming in several different countries in post-conflict situations. Also has (annual?) workshops for musicians interested in working in MwB
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Musicians for Human Rights
justice
performance - music - classical
Switzerland
Mission
Statement
'OUR MISSION To inspire professional musicians, students, and the general public to take action to fulfill the human rights of people at the margins.
Objectives
OUR VISION A world where music and the arts are universally employed for celebrating diversity, creating community, and advancing human dignity.
Activities
OUR ACTIONS We produce concerts, we teach and learn, and we make music with people at the margins.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Más Música, Menos Balas
community building
music education
Mexico
Mission
Statement
'La cultura y el arte son el camino social seguro, sustentable y sano para la transformación de los pueblos. Esa es la propuesta de MÁS MÚSICA, MENOS BALAS, movimiento social. Estamos conscientes que no es suficiente con alzar la voz, hay que generar acciones inmediatas que nos permitan reactivar y recuperar espacios perdidos por causa del miedo, nuestra condición de vida libre y crear una generación de nuevos públicos hacia la cultura y las actividades que permitan mantener alejada a la población de esta enajenación, y que nuestros jóvenes no se formen en las filas de la delincuencia.
Objectives
Activities
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sqCw0cOSYv1n3DTttBG1_P9NP83Pr2n5
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Next Level
understanding
dialogue/exchange
United States
Mission
Statement
Next Level is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Meridian International Center. Its mission is to use hip hop music, dance, and art to foster cross-cultural creative exchange in diverse communities. We work to promote understanding and conflict transformation in these audiences, and support the professional development of artists in those communities.
Objectives
Activities
During the exchanges, teams of MCs, DJs, hip hop dancers, beatmakers, beatboxers, and aerosol artists conduct public concerts, interactive performances with local musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, and jam sessions with diverse audiences. Next Level activities focus on promoting conflict transformation and interacting with younger and underserved audiences around the world. Next Level programs also focus on musical entrepreneurship, conducting workshops and discussions on global music business best practices today.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Nordoff Robbins
wellness
music therapy/community music therapy
United Kingdom
Mission
Statement
a new form of collaborative music-making to engage vulnerable and isolated children, which they termed 'therapy in music'
Objectives
to deliver high quality Nordoff Robbins music therapy to all who need it
Activities
Nordoff Robbins is the largest music therapy charity in the UK helping thousands of people each year. We now deliver services from 13 centres across the UK, and we work in partnership with over 211 organisations. Whilst changes over the years have been substantial, our ethos has remained the very cornerstone of our work - to change the lives of the people who need us most.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Notes for Notes
youth development
music education
United States
Mission
Statement
'Notes for Notes® (N4N®) was founded in Santa Barbara, CA in 2006 as an answer to the lack of contemporary musical equipment and programs in public schools in order to provide youth with music and production instruction that produces both positive social-emotional and creative growth. Inspired by their time as Bigs in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program the Founders were focused on creating an environment with zero barriers to entry. Youth could have access to top of the line instruments, gear and Producers that would always be there to help them realize that talent inside themselves, all for FREE.
Objectives
Activities
Today, N4N provides access to high quality, recording studio environments, but more importantly, access to positive and encouraging relationships to over 8,500 youth in 23 studios across 11 states/14 cities. Located inside Boys & Girls Clubs/ youth facilities (and soon public schools) N4N Studios are gateways to exploring music, careers in the industry and producing original music that empowers young musicians to realize their identity.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Oakdale Community Choir
community building
performance - music - classical
United States
Mission
Statement
The goals of the Oakdale Community Choir are to provide choral singing experiences for men (inside singers) in the general population of the Iowa Medical and Classification Center (Oakdale Prison) who are not restricted to their units and for women and men (outside singers) in the community who have an interest in learning more about issues in the prison system locally and across the state and nation.
Objectives
Activities
Together we have formed a "Community of Caring" that we look to expand in new and creative ways. We have many collaborative aspects of the program such as reflective writing exchanges (see "Newsletters" for excerpts of the writing since we began in 2009), its mutual benefit for both inside and outside singers, the partnership between the University of Iowa and IMCC, our connections with the Iowa Department of Corrections Victim Services and Restorative Justice Programs, and associations with community organizations through our concerts. At the culmination of the season, the choir performs two themed concerts in the prison gym. One concert is for people incarcerated at IMCC, a second concert is for approved guests. We audio record the second concert and distribute these CDs to approved family members or friends of the inside singers.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
OneBeat
youth development
digital production
United States
Mission
Statement
OneBeat is the gathering place for the musical leaders of the 21st century. Launched in 2012, OneBeat began as an annual U.S-based residency and tour program that brings early-career musicians together from around the globe to collaboratively write, produce and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based civic and social engagement. Since then, OneBeat has grown into a constellation of programs in production around the globe.
Objectives
OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music and artistic expression can help us collectively build healthier communities, prosperous societies, and a more peaceful world.
Activities
OneBeat brings musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to a region of the U.S. for one month each Spring and Fall to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. OneBeat begins with an opening residency, when Fellows collaborate to create original material, record new musical ideas, and incubate their projects. OneBeat Fellows then go on tour across a region of the U.S., performing for a wide array of American audiences, collaborating with local musicians, and leading workshops with youth and community organizations. During the month, each OneBeat musician also sets out their plans for the future, further developing projects in their home countries that embody the OneBeat mission of collaboration and engagement.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Pavarotti Music Centre (Muzički centar Pavarotti)
youth development
music education
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mission
Statement
To set up a music centre in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to bring relief to the people of BH, especially to youngsters
Objectives
Primary goals of the PMC were: - to set up educational-creative projects/workshops for children and young people of Mostar and surrounding areas regardless to their nationality or religion as a sort of additional education of youngsters applying new methods: to use music and art in general as the most affective and acceptable way to reach all areas of the community and to create safe environment and friendly atmosphere for children and young people led by professionals; - to bring clinical music therapy as a new approach to traumatized children and young people of B&H, especially in Mostar area (statistically the largest number of war traumatized children and young people were in Mostar) and was realized by setting up first clinical music therapy department in the Pavarotti Music Centre. Nowadays goals are: - to offer different educational and creative activities and training to children and young people adapted to their age and abilities applying new reformed educational methods with elements of creative therapy; - to offer different artistic programs to people of Mostar area in order to improve and develop cultural life of local community; - to offer different lectures and seminars; - to offer the PMC facilities to other organizations, institutions and individuals; to develop and establish relationships and cooperation with other cultural, youth, educational and social organizations locally and abroad
Activities
Workshops in guitar, classical ballet, modern dance and choir. Also Creative Music Therapy and Recording Studio offerings.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Peace Portal
peace
digital production
Netherlands
Mission
Statement
The Peace Portal is an open, community-based platform aiming to give visibility to all organisations worldwide, small and big, working on peacebuilding and conflict prevention. We want to provide easy access to the numerous organisations working locally for dialogue, peace and non-violence.
Objectives
Showcase that civil society plays a crucial role to achieve sustainable peace. You are on the ground, you are making a difference.
Activities
maintains a map.directory of any organization working in peacebuilding
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
PeaceTech Lab
peace
digital production
United States
Mission
Statement
We reduce violent conflict using technology, media, and data.
Objectives
Activities
From our headquarters in Washington D.C., we run a PeaceTech Accelerator for startups using technological innovation to do everything from connecting at-risk youth across Africa with jobs to warning civilians in Syria of incoming missile attacks. In places like India, Kenya, Iraq, Myanmar, Costa Rica, and Nigeria, our PeaceTech Exchanges offer training and affordable tech tools to peacebuilders in communities around the world. And on the data front, our research around issues like social media and hate speech serve to inform policymakers, data scientists, activists, and business leaders while also providing a foundation for predictive analytics and a proprietary platform for early warning of violence. We partnered with Drexel University to launch the U.S.'s first Master's Degree in Peace Engineering to educate generation after generation on the power of peacetech.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Playing for Change
peace
digital production
United States
Mission
Statement
'a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people'
Objectives
'Our primary focus is to record and film musicians performing in their natural environments and combine their talents and cultural power in innovative videos we call Songs Around The World
Activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Polyphony
understanding
performance - music - classical
Israel
Mission
Statement
Polyphony aims to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through music and to serve as a worldwide model for cooperation based on cultural exchange, dialogue and partnership.
Objectives
Activities
Alhan Music Appreciation: Alhan is a musical education curriculum for kindergarten up to 6th-grade students.; Polyphony Conservatory: The Polyphony Conservatory in Nazareth is the first of its kind serving the Arab community in Israel and provides classical music instruction.; Music and Society Seminar: The Music and Society Seminar is an immersive two-year program for talented Arab and Jewish musicians aged 15 to 18.; Youth Orchestra and Polyphony Quartet: The Polyphony Youth Orchestra and Polyphony Quartet are active performing ensembles comprised of Scholar-in-Residence Seminar participants, advanced Conservatory students, and now includes students from the Jerusalem Music Academy of Music and Dance.; Galilee Chamber Orchestra: The Galilee Chamber Orchestra broke ground as the first professional orchestra composed of Arab and Jewish musicians in Israel.
Geographical
Scope
regional (e.g. continent-wide)
Website
Pontanima Choir
understanding
performance - music - traditional
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mission
Statement
"Enter into the heart of what is different in order to receive these differences in the heart of one's own being, to feed the soul with the highest spirituality of different people."
Objectives
Activities
Interreligious choir in Sarajevo. "Pontanima chooses repertoire representing all religious communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina today, particularly those of Abrahamic/Ibrahimic origin: Jewish, Christian Orthodox, Catholic, Islamic and protestant. People from all these religious traditions also sing in the choir. By singing each other's songs, members of Pontanima attempt to better understand and respect each other."
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Porticus Community Arts Lab
justice
funding
Netherlands
Mission
Statement
We endorse a range of collaborative programmes that help to empower individuals and communities
Objectives
Activities
'The team at Community Arts Lab wants to harness the power of art to build bridges and bring people together. We believe that solving the world's problems takes ensembles, not soloists. We work with a diverse range of partners, including artists, educators, prestigious institutions, grassroots organisations and strategic influencers to bring communities together. One of our most important roles is to foster the value of art as a tool to empower communities and bring about meaningful social change. We work across borders and in collaboration with other hubs and portfolios, aiming to design, build and grow a global system to enable the development of more just and inclusive societies.
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Project Okurase
community building
dialogue/exchange
Ghana
Mission
Statement
While honoring Ghanaian arts and culture, collaborate with the village of Okurase, Ghana to develop sustainable, replicable solutions to life’s biggest challenges and share lessons learned with other disadvantaged villages.
Objectives
Project OKURASE has a particular focus on women and orphans & vulnerable children across 6 main objectives. These overarching objectives are focused on transforming lives by creating collaborative, sustainable, and integrated solutions to address the following areas of need: Cultural Exchange
Activities
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Rana Choir
empowerment
performance - music - traditional
Israel
Mission
Statement
The choir aims to express the female voice, which is not heard enough in our region, to cultivate dialogue and create a cultural and human bridge.
Objectives
Activities
Rana has performed successfully throughout Israel and the world. The choir’s repertoire includes folk songs and women’s songs in Hebrew, Arabic, and other cultures of the region. Rana choir operates under the “Felicia Blumenthal Center for Music”, which focuses on discovering and providing opportunities and support for talented musicians and ensembles.
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust
wellness
music therapy/community music therapy
New Zealand
Mission
Statement
to offer a quality, accessible music therapy service to all people, whatever their needs
Objectives
Activities
Music therapy (individual, group, outreach, school holidays). Our monthly giving programme, ‘Koha for Raukatauri’, lets you provide life-changing music therapy for children experiencing long-term hospitalisations, adults with dementia, children impacted by trauma, those with developmental disabilities and many others.
Geographical
Scope
national
Website
Raw Music International
community building
digital production
United States
Mission
Statement
A collective of writers, filmmakers, artists and photographers documenting underground music around the world
Objectives
Activities
Geographical
Scope
international
Website
Reconciliation Choir, Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra
reconciliation
performance - music - traditional
Colombia
Mission
Statement
"[use music] to heal the scars that the hostilities [in Colombia] left"
Objectives
Reincorporation of victims, "as a project in which the labels of victims or ex-combatants do not fit, no matter the origin nor the difficulties that its members have experienced."
Activities
Choir
Geographical
Scope
municipal
Website
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