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Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI)

National Network: 
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Rue Baron Horta 13
1000 Brussels
+32 2 513 97 74
E-Mail (2): 
Mobile Phone: 
+32 473 18 00 73
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
General Information: 

Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) is a registered non-governmental, not for profit youth-music organization with 38 national member sections and 18 associate member organizations worldwide. Its slogan 'Making a Difference through Music', JMI fosters intercultural learning through music, with over 32,000 activities annually for over 5 million youth. The JMI Head Office in Brussels employs 5 staff persons, and the global network over 200 staff persons. JMI is principally funded by the Belgian Federal Government, European Commission, Belgian National Lottery and membership fees. JMI provides resources for members to increase their capacity, skills, scope and outreach. Modalities of action include membership support services (eg. communications and promotions, training and capacity building), creation and steering of international platforms (eg. working groups, committees), organization of network meetings, advocacy and lobbying, development of cross-border programs and projects (see list below), and building of sustainable youth-music infrastructures.

Mission and Objectives: 

JMI enables young people to develop through music across all boundaries - geographical, social, economic, cultural, geographic and religious. JMI's objectives are: to promote the use of music as a tool to foster intercultural dialogue and cooperation; to facilitate sharing, networking, close co-operation and exchange between members; to promote and support the establishment of sustainable youth-music infrastructures in regions where they do not yet exist and build the capacities of members; to coordinate international programs and projects that build tolerance and understanding among young people; and to study issues of common concern to its members and represent their common interests within international organizations and institutions.

Main Projects / Activities: 

JMI's flagship international projects are: Ethno, folk music camps fostering intercultural learning through peer-to-peer exchange of folk music heritage; Imagine Festivals, multi-style music competitions for youth; JM Jazz World, education and touring program for young jazz musicians; World Orchestra of Jeunesses Musicales, a prestigious pre-professional international youth orchestra; Young Audiences Music Award, a program for developing young audiences and fostering active participating of young people in cultural programs; World Youth Choir, an acclaimed education and touring program for top singers from around the world; and Music Crossroads, a youth empowerment through music program in five Southern African countries.