"If one becomes aware that every artist is necessarily a public man, if one considers that musical practice is one of the most accomplished means to reach an ideal of art and spirituality, if one believes it has human implications of universality and brotherhood, one is brought to vest those who serve it with high responsibility and to expect them to have respect for a certain number of requirements. The mission of Music for Hope Foundation is to promote all of this".
President founder of Music for Hope International Federation
The humanitarian organization Music for Hope was born from the history of a musician, Argentinian pianist Miguel Ángel Estrella. A non-conventional artist, he wished to develop socio-musical activities in the most discriminated places of his country.
In December 1977, he was kidnapped and imprisoned by the Argentinian dictatorship. He was released in 1980 after a solidarity campaign gathering artists and friends from the whole world.
In 1982, Miguel Ángel Estrella founded with his friend Yves Haguenauer the humanitarian organization Music for Hope, aiming at building a more united, humane and borderless world through music.
Today, Music for Hope International Federation (Fédération Internationale Musique Espérance - FIME) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) which has kept operational relations with UNESCO since 1992. Its head office is in Paris.
FIME is based on the work of 20 Music for Hope associations located in seven countries: Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Spain, France, Portugal and Switzerland.
For thirty years, FIME has developed and taken part in international programs by dedicating music to the service of Human Rights, Peace and Youth.
The founding principles of Music for Hope
According to its Charter, the members of Music for Hope International Federation essentially wish:
- to promote music and music learning primarily in discriminated places;
- to make sure that artistic folk traditions, which are the cultural roots of human communities and a part of our universal heritage, are kept everywhere, especially in education and development programs;
- to favor the training of young "sociocultural musicians" who will be able to work with severely underprivileged communities;
- to promote equal opportunities and access to a culture of peace mostly for children and teenagers through music programs that can raise active participation and solidarity awareness;
- to promote a critical function of art which is not solely based on commercial criteria.