Musicians without borders received financial support this year from GVL. Were you able to do something special with the money and how did you perceive the support by GVL so far?
We feel encouraged in our projects by the financial support given by GVL. We were able to plan our association activities more reliably and support projects in a better way. We held regular preparatory seminars, for example, so that our “borderless musicians” have a good start and are well prepared for the project work. That is very time intensive and confronts us - as an association of volunteers - with staff and money related challenges. Thanks to the support [from GVL], we were able to hold three successful seminars and that despite additional challenges which arose from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The objective to overcome barriers or cross borders in order to meet other people is part of the name of Musicians without borders. How has the international crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic influenced your work?
The effects of the pandemic were, in fact, rather drastic for our networking efforts. In all of our projects we had to, at least temporarily, put our musical work on ice because the school premises were closed or simply because due to the “no personal contact” policies, it was not possible to play music together. Above and beyond that, and because of the risks involved, we did not want to place any musicians from Germany in the project countries.
Since we had already gathered many years of experience in terms of working online, we were lucky to be able to move some of our work into digital space. Several member associations were thus able to offer various online educational formats and stayed in contact with the pupils. We are, however, aware of the limitations of digital space. We are therefore very happy that we were able to return to playing music in person and to a lively social life.
If GVL rights holders wish to join your initiative, what are the opportunities here for collaboration and whom would they contact?
The usual way to get involved at Musicians without borders is to work in one of our projects abroad. It is also possible to contribute in Germany, e.g. as part of our latest project in Bremen. Otherwise, it is also possible to be a member of the association and any kind of advocacy or publicity for Musicians without borders or the vision behind it is very welcome. We are happy about any kind of support!
- If you are interested to become involved, just visit the website musikerohnegrenzen.de.
- If you have specific queries, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.