Music Fund

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Music Fund truck on the road to deliver instruments

Music Fund, a non-profit organisation has been collecting musical instruments and organising training on instrument repair in developing countries and conflict areas since 2005.[1]

Music Fund is the result of work between Oxfam Solidarity Belgium,[2] and the Ictus Ensemble.

The first collection of instruments took place in 2005, one year after the creation of Music Fund, and more than 500 instruments of all kinds were collected. Several months later, in December 2005, the first shipment was organised and the instruments were transported to Palestine[3] and Israel. This operation was a huge success, following which it was decided to do it again, this time to Congo (Kinshasa)[4] and Mozambique (Maputo).[5]

Some training is provided locally, within the partner schools, through training sessions or workshops. Some students obtain a grant and are then sent for a lengthy period in a specialised school, where they follow an internship in the workshops of experts affiliated with Music Fund in Europe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Retrieved October 21, 2010 http://www.musicfund.be/en/presentation-2/functioning-and-philosophy[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Retrieved October 22, 2010 "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-07-28.  page 16, In Dutch
  3. ^ Retrieved 21 October 2010 from Haaretz http://www.haaretz.com/culture/arts-leisure/their-second-homeland-1.157577
  4. ^ Retrieved October 24, 2010 from Le Soir Quand la musique se fait éthique. In French
  5. ^ Retrieved October 21, from VRT-Cobra TV 2010 http://www.cobra.be/cm/cobra/zoeken/1.623503?text=music+fund&action=submit In Dutch

External links[edit]

  • official website in English, French and Dutch
  • "The Exchange: Music Fund in the Middle East". The documentary follows Lukas Pairon and Pol De Winter during the first action of Music Fund, in the Winter of 2005-2006, when they drove a fully loaded truck with music instruments to partnerschools of the organisation in Gaza, Nablus, Ramallah (Palestine) and Tel Aviv, Mizra and Nazareth (Israel).