Art and Development


Sector: Art and Development Ongoing Country: Italy, Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina Project status: Ongoing Partner: Musicians without Borders
  • Landesmusikakademie NRW
    Landesmusikakademie NRW
    Volker Beushausen


The project Welcome Notes Europe aims to strengthen the social inclusion of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and minor refugees located in the different refugees’ camps in Europe (Germany, Greece, Italy and North-West Balkans and) throughout the unique power of music.

Specifically, the Welcome Notes Europe intends to:

  • Support and help unaccompanied minors starting a post-traumatic resilience process;
  • Transcend cultural and language barriers;
  • Facilitate their social inclusion among the local communities in which they are now located.


Direct beneficiaries

  • 15-25 Workshop Leaders in every region of intervention (Bosnia-Herzegovina; Greece and Italy);
  • 20 new trainers to implement and maximize the impact of the Welcome Notes Europe.

Indirect beneficiaries

  • Thousands of unaccompanied minors located in the refugees ‘camps across Europe (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Italy).


In 2018, Musicians without Borders (MwB), also with Alta Mane support, restructured to a full-length program the Welcome Notes Europe Training, starting to transfer it to local young musicians, and enhanced important partnerships with some organizations operating in the field in order to implement the curriculum and integrate it locally into their different emergency programs. This approach allowed to maximize the impact and extend the groups of beneficiaries. In 2019, MwB foresees to build evidence-based Best Practices and spread the implementation of the new curriculum in the refugees’ camps and shelters centers, primarily focusing its interventions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Italy, countries dramatically affected by the hardening in migration policies. In order to reach these goals, MwB between January and June 2019 organized 5 trainings and several training sessions in Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany and The Netherlands reaching a total of 127 beneficiaries (music teachers, local and international volunteers, activists, and the Staff of humanitarian organizations operating on the field); some hip-hop workshops in two “Safe Zones” for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UACS) in the refugee camps of Schisto and Eleonas (Athens) for the benefit of 38 children; 16 music workshops in Bihać (Una-Sana Canton) for the benefit of 448 minors (refugee children sometimes mixed with groups of Bosnian school children); and trained 9 prospective trainers to maximize the reach and multiply the impact of the new Training Curriculum. In parallel, with the aim of   monitoring the impact of the trainings and workshops as well as of consolidating and leveraging the partnerships developed during the first year project in 2018, MwB conducted 3 Follow-up and Assessment Visits to El Sistema Greece (Athens), Save the Children North-West Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina) and Landesmusikakademie NRW (Germany).


Musicians without Borders : Established in 1999, MwB works worldwide using music as a tool to improve living conditions and reconcile populations torn apart by war. MwB collaborates with musicians belonging to civil society organization to respond to local needs. Successful cases are used to standardize and promote models, methodologies and training courses adapted to the needs of other regions.







SOS Children’s Villages Athens – MwB Rap Workshop 2018

Rap Workshops with SOS Children’s Villages Italy (Crotone), “My Life”: