Musicians Without Borders uses the power of music to connect people affected by war, empowering musicians as social activists, and train local youth as change-makers. Their long-term programs in Kosovo, Palestine, Rwanda, Uganda, Northern Ireland, and El Salvador allow people the time to develop skills and talents, process grief and loss, and build bridges of reconciliation in societies divided by the recent or ongoing conflict.
In order to use music as a tool for peacebuilding and reconciliation in war-torn regions, Musicians without Borders provides a Training of Trainers program for highly skilled musicians in MwB’s principles. More than 500 musicians and talented youth and adults have been trained as community music leaders in Bosnia, Kosovo, Palestine, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Northern Ireland. They, in turn, organize and deliver community music workshops and activities for children and adults in their own and other communities. Trainees reach over tens of thousands of children, youth, and adults.
In July 2015, Musicians Without Borders organized its first-ever Training of Trainers in the Netherlands, responding to ongoing demand for training from experienced musicians and workshop leaders from around the world. In October 2017, their training took place at the music training center, Akoesticum in Ede, the Netherlands. Participants from projects in Palestine and Rwanda were invited to take part in this training, with the aim to enhance their skills in running music workshops in their own communities as well as to meet and learn from other highly-skilled music teachers, therapists, and workshop leaders from around the world.
The Lutfia Rabbani Foundation was proud to support celebrated musicians, music teachers, and workshop leaders to join the Music Leadership Summit which took place again in The Netherlands in October 2021. The Summit allowed trainers and guests to share their experiences and musical expertise.