May 8, 2020

2019 Annual report

In 2019, 328 young musicians participated in 3,848 musical activities in Music Connects. The activities were led by 44 trainers, both local and international, and included not just music lessons and rehearsals, but also bandcoaching sessions, concerts, studio recording and workshops. 

In August, 86 talented young musicians, sound engineers, trainers and organizers came together for the high point of our year: a week of intensive music creation and celebration at Skopje Summer School. During this week, 11 mixed bands wrote new music, perfected existing songs and recorded tracks for a compilation album. We concluded the week with a big concert in Skopje's city park, with mixed bands performing for a multi-ethnic audience of almost 500 people. 

Throughout the year, we organized five training weeks focusing on songwriting, sound engineering, the development of workshop content and new educational directions. In October 2019, we established Mitrovica's first recording studio that is accessible to musicians from both sides of the divided town. 


Feb 27, 2017

Project Update

Dear supporter,

We'd like to thank you for supporting us through GlobalGiving and to share an update on our current projects and programs.



For over a year, the ethnically-mixed bands in our Rock School in Mitrovica have been writing songs together. This spring, we plan to launch three new mixed bands, connecting an even higher number of our students through inter-ethnic activities.


Earlier this month, we were invited by the Al-Khader Charitable Child Care Society to run a Musical Playground for 150 children.

Read more and enjoy the pictures!


Last month, we continued our training with 30 Community Music Leaders in Kampala, with a focus on creative music-making. Read more

Northern Ireland

In January, we returned to Northern Ireland to continue training local musicians and community workers to become community music leaders. Read more

The Netherlands

Last weekend, we ran our third Welcome Notes training in Amsterdam, reaching over 20 musicians from the UK, Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. The training was led by Otto de Jong, Hanno Tomassen and special guest Darren Abrahams.


MwB Founder & Director at TEDxAUCollege

On March 7, MwB director Laura Hassler will speak at TEDxAUCollege at the Theatre Tuschinski in Amsterdam. Tickets on sale here.

Live Q&A with Founder & Director Laura Hassler during Expert Meeting in Heek

You can tune in live to our expert meeting on the arts and social inclusion on March 15-16 in Heek, Germany. The meeting will showcase a broad range of community arts programs working towards the social inclusion of refugees and migrants in different European countries and contexts. Follow us on Facebook for more information!

Upcoming MwB Trainings

Our advanced trainings are open to musicians, music therapists and music students who are active as workshop leaders, teachers, or social activists and who would like to further their knowledge of using music as a tool for peacebuilding and social change. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program (June 5-16)

SIT Graduate Institute, Vermont, USA

Advanced Community Music Training (October 23-28)

Akoesticum, Ede, The Netherlands

World Wide Music Day

We invite musicians, bands, choirs and ensembles around the world to organize benefit concerts on June 21st to help raise funds and awareness for our work of healing and reconciliation through music. Learn more

You can continue to follow our work and make a donation here:

Mar 30, 2016

Closing Campaign Report - Music Supports 1000s

Your support has provided on-going training to our team of MwB Community Music Leaders in Rwanda. Three Rwandan musicians have worked every week at the Kigali Music School, training the young music leaders in guitar, piano, and vocal skills. Since our globalgiving campaign, they have launched into a song-writing and recording project, composing songs that they will perform and teach to children; songs that offer hope and promote compassion.

During the period since the campaign, MwB Community Music Leaders in Rwanda have worked with over 2000 children; those living in refugee camps, and young people living with HIV. They have given a sense of connection, and improved the mood of these vulnerable children and youth. 

We will continue to support the work of these remarkable young people as leaders in their communities using musical and nonviolent approaches.

Thanks again for your kind contribution to this work.

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