Beats Across Borders is a global community of musicians and project managers who believe that strong human and intercultural resonance through music is one of the best possibilities we have to fully comprehend the future we created.
Our projects are always built around the creation of new music in a collaboration between untrained young people and professional musicians and music producers.
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.
A core part of our work is to develop local capacities of education in creative arts. We’ve experienced that this is possible by making use of original music to kick start social and educational options for young people as well as teachers within a local community, on a school etc.
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.
Through the sound archives growing out of the extraordinary people we meet and projects work with we see this as an example of an equally personal and global communicative action.
Country networks: 15
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
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
Original songs released: 19
Concerts produced: 49
Workshop days: 55
Concert audiences: 3000+
Performing acts and artists: 150+
Core organisation members: 16
Online reach: 3mio
Media reach: BBC, DR, The Lot Radio, The Economist, CNN Philippines, The Guardian, Radio 24/7, Bacolod Daily, Global Nyt, 360grader
Head of Operations
Music Producer, Lecturer and Development Advisor
MA History and Political Science, University of Copenhagen
MA International Business, Université Paris Sorbonne
MA Graduate Political Science, University of Copenhagen
Kristian Isholm Saarup
Drummer, Music Teacher and Music Manager
BA Drums and Music Pedagogy, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen
Press Officer, the Danish Ministry of Children and Education
MA Journalism, Danish School of Journalism
Deputy Chief, the Danish Ministry of Justice
MSc Economics, University of Copenhagen
Artistic Director, Opera Circus
PhD Graduate Communications & Media, University of Illinois
Senior Graphic Designer, Stereo Associates
MA Visual Communication, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design.
Choir Conductor, the Danish Boys Choir
MA Singing and Music Pedagogy, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen
MSc International Security and Law,
University of Southern Denmark
Certified Public Accountant, Piaster Revisorerne