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About Music Bridges

Music Bridges: connecting the Pacific, Africa and Europe through music

This project aims to reinforce the creation and the production of music goods in Vanuatu and Mozambique building on south-south cooperation, networking and distribution circuits between regional and European artistic contexts.

Diverse and talented young musicians from two regions, Melanesia and Southern Africa, are engaged through creative platforms to share amongst one another and discover innovative ways of promoting themselves, their music and their culture.  Activities include participating in music camps, performing live at festivals, networking with international artists, and developing technical, managerial and production skills to build their careers and opportunities.

Music Bridges is a two-year project that involves the organisation of two music residential camps: Vanuatu in 2013 and Mozambique in 2014.  At the camps, musicians from Southern Africa, Europe and the Pacific will share, jam and perform together fusing their traditional motifs, instruments and creativity towards the development of a collective track to be performed at the major festivals in Vanuatu and Mozambique.

Musicians and their products will be promoted at festivals and online – here you can find artist profiles, music tracks, and information about local music scenes in Vanuatu and Mozambique.

This project also addresses the central topics of Copyright and Creative Commons Licenses through the music camps and workshops, as well as other music industry foundations including distribution, management, promotion and production.

All of these experiences and tools aim to broaden the horizons of the musicians to create pathways to achieve their musical dreams.



Federica (Italy) –

Tom (Melanesia) –

Sarah (Vanuatu) –

Rufus (Mozambique) –



Music Crossroads

Music Crossroads was introduced into Mozambique in 1996. Starting with a single festival in the city of Maputo, it has grown to include numerous festivals all over Mozambique from south to north, with representatives stationed in each region. Since 2007, Music Crossroads Mozambique has become a member-based association recognized by the Mozambican Ministry of Justice; its founding members largely consisting of former participants of the festivals, and with a current membership made up of young Mozambican musicians and music lovers from across the entire country. MCMOZ’s main goal is to stimulate and educate youth in the field of music and to create arenas for youth to express themselves through the performing arts. Music Crossroads Mozambique has a history of successful overseas tours with many bands and young artists having had the chance to perform across Europe, including Banda Azul, Nfithe, Nyasha, Djaaka, Mussodji.

Further Arts

Further Arts is a charitable association based in Port Vila, Vanuatu, that aims at developing and promoting Vanuatu artists and musicians, their products, and other cultural activities both within Vanuatu and overseas. Further Arts is a leading institution in the region for the development of contemporary musicians, regional exchange for artists, promotion of traditional music and dance heritage and access to these for the public. It has strong links with the Music Federation of Vanuatu, and it is this nexus that is the driver of policy development and advocacy for the music and associated creative industries. Vanuatu is seen as a natural hub of Melanesia, in terms of geography, political and economic innovation and stability, and houses the Secretariat office of the regional political, economic and social forum, the Melanesian Spearhead Group.


Coordinamento delle Organizzazioni per il Servizio Volontario is an independent Italian no-profit humanitarian organization that since more than 40 years implements projects in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. COSV represents the civil society that works for peacekeeping, for the safeguard of fundamental human rights and for environmental protection; COSV promotes the culture of solidarity, the denial of any form of racism, the active participation of free men and women, the material and cultural development. In the past years, COSV has developed cultural projects supporting the informational spread of knowledge on the artistic heritage of Countries such as Bolivia, Syria, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and African culture in general as well as integrated the production into economic circuits.


Fondazione Lettera27

Fondazione Lettera27 is a non-profit foundation, born in Italy in July 2006. Its mission is to support the right to literacy, education, and the access to knowledge and information. Lettera27 is the 27th letter of the alphabet, the missing letter, the letter yet to be, the hybrid sign, the empty box, the link between oral and written words, the connection to the future, the intersection of analogic and digital. The Foundation only pursues activities that aim at social solidarity, advocate the right to literacy and promote access to knowledge. The Foundation’s goals are achieved through activities that benefit economically and socially disadvantaged individuals, mostly based in developing nations.


SOMAS is a collecting organization, created under the Art.74 of the Mozambican Copyrights Law with the objectives of collecting the management of the authors rights on their behalf, promote and protect the interests of their members, promote the cultural heritage. The main objectives of SOMAS are: ensure the unity and cooperation among the authors, stimulate the creation of intellectual works, protect the moral and patrimonial rights of the authors, administrate the moral and patrimonial rights on behalf of the authors, celebrate agreements or contracts with associations or organization at national and international level, promote and update the cultural and technical level of its members. At the moment SOMAS has agreements to collect royalties, on behalf of its members, with the Public Radio and Public Television, and is now full involved on the revision and regulation of the Copyright law in order to adapt to the new circumstances (the existing law is from February 2001). SOMAS is member of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers,(CISAC) based in Paris and act, at national level, on behalf of all Organizations members of the Confederation. We cooperate as well with WIPO(World Intellectual Property Organization) and UNESCO.



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Implemented by the Sectretariat of the ACP Group of States
Funded by the European Union

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