Music for Hope International Federation



Creation of the association

The creation of Music for Hope Fribourg results from friendly and musical contacts between Miguel Ángel Estrella and Pierre Kaelin, a composer living in Fribourg. This priest musician had created an association in 1990 but his poor health prevented him from developing it.

In October 1998, Music for Hope Fribourg was created after a concert by Miguel Ángel in Fribourg.

The association has been affiliated to FIME since 1998. It is the only one in Switzerland.



The committee includes six members.

Secretary's office:

Monique Gobet

Route Joseph-Chaley 45

CH - 1700 Fribourg


Phone number : + 41 (0) 26 481 29 12

Website (in french)


Other contacts:

Mr Michel Runtz, avenue des Vanils 9, CH - 1700 Fribourg

Mrs Claude Magnard, chemin du Grand-Clos 9, CH - 1752 Villars-sur-Glâne


Main achievements

Music for Hope Fribourg generally organizes five concerts a year. The musicians play for free and the hat is passed round at the end of concerts.

Our financial resources result from the members' subscriptions (approximately 150), donations and money collected at concerts.

Since its creation, Music for Hope Fribourg has supported centers for young musicians in Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Albania and Mexico. The association helped several musicians and bands in Switzerland.

On June 21, 2003, Music for Hope Fribourg organized its first music festival in Fribourg. The event has been organised every year since then by official authorities.


At present

Support is brought:

- to centers for young musicians in Bolivia, Chad, Peru, India, and in a school in Argentina;

- to young musicians from Fribourg (school fees, scholarships, masterclasses, financing music camps or contributing to the purchase of musical instruments);

- to organize concerts in a prison near Fribourg, in the Hôpital de la Paix, and in psychosocial centers in Istanbul (Turkey);

- to music and singing workshops for people suffering from memory disorders (near Fribourg).

Besides organizing concerts and supporting actions, the committee's concerns are the following:

- improving communication and searching for a better visibility through the internet, social networks, etc.;

- searching for new members;

- searching for sponsors to finance concert expenses (advertising, mail expenses, hall rentals, etc.).


How to help the association Music for Hope Fribourg?

By joining and by becoming a member of the association. Join us!

Phone number: (00 41) 26 481 29 12


Thank you for your help!


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