The Beats Across Borders purpose is to build sustainable communities working with original music.

Our goal for each project is for it to become a locally anchored, self governed entity making use of original music to develop social, financia and educational possibilities for all and especially young members of the local community surrounding the project.

In our perspective a community is consisting of people who are relevant to each other and their surroundings in a social, financial and cultural way. 

It’s on the shoulders of these communties to diminish the recruitment of young people by radicalised movements and organisations. They can only do this by encouraging the youth to stay in engaging environments and to feel like they belong.

Our toolbox consists of leadership and teachers training, songwriting and music production workshops, concert production, business management 

and NGO administration. 

We do this because we believe that strong human ties are our only chance of overcoming the future we created.


Job opportunities created: 15 (f/m 75/25)

Accumulated project turnover: $150.000+

Songs recorded: 50+

Concerts produced: 25

Concert attendees: 3000+

Perfoming acts and artists: 150+

Performance since 2016

Projects: 10 (active: 7) 

Country networks: 12 (active: 8)

Associated artists: 40

Music workshop participants: 1500+ (f/m 75/25)

Project partnership agreements: 10

Running leadship programmes: 8 (f/m 50/50)

Teachers training participants: 35 (f/m 50/50)

Executive committee

Mikael Hegelund Martinsen 

Music producer and CEO

MA in History and Political Science, 

University of Copenhagen

Nadim Mahmoud

Music producer and community organiser

BA in Political Administration and International Relations, University of Roskilde

Liv Arnth Jørgensen

Press Officer, the Danish Ministry of Children and Education

MA in Journalism, Danish School of Journalism

Rasmus Brøndsted

Graphic Designer

MA in Visual Communication, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design.

Joakim Thaning

Deputy Chief, the Danish Ministry of Justice

MSc in Economics, University of Copenhagen

Nicolas Busch

Project manager, Mind Your Own Business NGO

MSc in International Security and Law,  

University of Southern Denmark