Since its creation in December 1982, the humanitarian organization Music for Hope has been dedicated to defending Human Rights and supporting young professional musicians. Very soon, programs were set up along four major main lines:
- music and exchanges;
- music and solidarity;
- music and development;
- music and a culture of peace.
For thirty years Music for Hope volunteers have committed themselves to 'sharing music differently' in order to promote Human Rights, Peace and Youth.
A few examples of achievements by Music for Hope over thirty years
From 1983, musical exchanges were encouraged. For three consecutive years, musicians from Cracow Frédéric Chopin High School (Poland) were hosted in France for two weeks, with concerts and debates on the theme of "Universality of music, universality of Human Rights".
In 1986, in Argentina, an integrated development program in Vinará (a village in the province of Santiago del Estero) allowed to set up workshops in music, art, folk dancing, women handicraft as well as farming for children and teenagers.
From 1987 to 1996, a three-week "International Festival of Young Musicians" with two daily concerts was organized in France.
In 1989, creation in France of the first "Music for Hope International Selection". This selection gathered 54 young musicians from France, Italy, the United States, Poland and Japan.
In 1995, the second "Music for Hope International Selection" took place in Argentina.
In 1996, Music for Hope took part in the UNESCO TCHERNOBYL Program, launched by UNESCO in January 1991, which set up nine community centers for psychological and social rehabilitation to compensate or the effects of the nuclear disaster. In this context, Music for Hope organized a one-month "summer school" in France, gathering about forty young musicians, thirteen teachers, and five lecturers from three contaminated countries (Belarus, Ukraine, Russia), from Europe and from Latin America. Following the summer school, six musicians from Belarus and Ukraine were awarded a Music for Hope grant to study in three French regional music academies.
From 1997 to 2007, musicians with Music for Hope grants were hosted in France to run music workshops in sensitive urban districts.
In 1998, an andean cultural center and the Andean musical embassy The Voice of the Speechless, gathering young people from the same cultural region in North Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, were created under the patronage of UNESCO in Tilcara, a village in the Argentinian Andes.
In 2002, Miguel Ángel Estrella created the Orchestra for Peace, which is a member of the Music for Hope International Federation program: "Music and Peace, a treasure of humanity".
In 2010, creation of the Quartet for Peace, with musicians from the Orchestra for Peace. This quartet mainly performs for schoolchildren, high school and university students.
Besides, in the course of these thirty years, several common projects were developed in partnership with other NGOs.
The few above examples illustrate a part of the history of FIME since 1982. But it should be added that there are numerous other artistic, cultural and educational activities led by volunteers working permanently for Music for Hope International Federation's affiliate associations in order to build a more united, brotherly and humane world.
You will find a detailed description of these activities in the Affiliate associations section.