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


All our projects are built around the creation of new music in a collaboration between untrained young musicians and professional artists.


During a workshop we utilise a mix of collaborative music games and exercises, live music recording and music production and songwriting tools to reach the personal goals of the workshop teachers and participants.


Our overall goal for the project surrounding a workshop is for it to have structural impacts within the community further surrounding each project. We’ve experienced that this is possible by making use of original music to develop common social, political and educational possibilities for all young members of a community.


It’s on the shoulders of these communties to secure a coherent future of its members. They can only do this by encouraging the youth to develop in engaging and resonating environments where they feel like they belong and are allowed to express them selves in every key of life.


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


Active International projects: 5

Nordic projects: 2

Country networks: 12 

Music workshop participants: 441 (f/m 75/25)

Age: 6 - 30

Backgrounds: Secondary School, High School, University, Youth Prison, Unaccompanied Young Refugee, Independent Musician, School Teacher, Music Teacher, Development Advisor, Political Advisor

Project managers: 4

Workshop leader trainees: 49 (f/m 75/25)

Age: 17 - 30

Backgrounds: Independent musician, University, High School, Unaccompanied Young Refugee, Music Teacher, School Teacher

Directly derived employments: 15 

Accumulated project turnover: $150.000+ (non-profit)


Original songs recorded: 50+


Concerts produced: 49

Workshop days: 55

Concert audiences: 3000+


Performing acts and artists: 150+

Core organisation members: 16


Online content reach: 3mio

Media content reach: BBC, DR, The Lot Radio, The Economist, CNN Philippines, The Guardian, Radio 24/7, Bacolod Daily, Global Nyt, 360grader

Current Projects

Usangi, Tanzania

Youth Center Development


Bacolod, Philippines

Music Education Development

Pristina, Kosovo

Music Workshops

Portland, United Kingdom

Music Workshops


Tsarghkunk, Armenia

Music Education Development


Ixtapaluca, Mexico 

Music Education Development


Daily Management:


Mikael Hegelund Martinsen

Head of Operations

Music Producer, Lecturer and Development Advisor

MA History and Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Kristian Isholm Saarup

Project Manager

Drummer, Music Teacher and Music Manager

BA Drums and Music Pedagogy, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen

Workshop Leaders:


Nadim Mahmoud

Music Producer

MA Graduate Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Simon Rønne Rischel

Choir Conductor, the Danish Boys Choir

MA Singing and Music Pedagogy, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen


Liv Arnth

Press Officer, the Danish Ministry of Children and Education

MA Journalism, Danish School of Journalism

Joakim Thaning

Deputy Chief, the Danish Ministry of Justice

MSc Economics, University of Copenhagen

Tina Ellen Lee

Artistic Director, Opera Circus

Morten Stinus Kristensen

PhD Graduate Communications & Media, University of Illinois


Rasmus Brøndsted

Senior Graphic Designer, Stereo Associates

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

Nicolas Busch

MSc International Security and Law,  

University of Southern Denmark

Emil Lagstrøm

Certified Public Accountant, Piaster Revisorerne

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