Music for Hope is a dynamic, community music project for young people from the Bajo Lempa of El Salvador. Inspired by the political and cultural heritage of the region’s people, Music for Hope uses participatory music as a tool for community development.
The project was initially set up by musician, Katherine Rogers but is now entirely run by Salvadorean young people with support from the International Performer’s Aid Trust in the UK, the Igualada Town Council in Catalunia and a dedicated pool of donors and supporters.
Since it was established in 1996, Music for Hope has taught more than 200 young people to play a musical instrument, provided instruments and teaching to seven communities, supported the development of 15 youth bands or ensembles, supported national and international tours and produced live CDs.
The International Performer’s Aid Trust (IPAT) has supported the living expenses of the music teacher team (mostly ex-project students) over a number of years. IPAT’s support has been absolutely vital to the growth and continuation of the project as state support for the arts in El Salvador is extremely limited and practically non-existent in poor rural communities.
Specifically, IPAT has enabled Music for Hope to develop the musical and teaching skills of young musicians (with support from local professional musicians) and in so doing, enabled the team to pass on their skills to the next generation.
Recently, Music for Hope has been working with local communities to combat increasing levels of gang-on-gang violence in El Salvador. They have produced a video telling of the new problems they face in the Bajo Lempa.
For more information about Music for Hope and our activities, please visit the website on www.musicforhope.org.uk or contact Katherine Rogers on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group also has a Facebook page www.facebook.com/musicforhopeuk/