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.

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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

  • SoundCloud - White Circle
  • LinkedIn - White Circle
  • Spotify - White Circle
  • Instagram - White Circle

Daily Management:

Mikael Hegelund Martinsen

Head of Operations

Music Producer, Lecturer and Development Advisor

MA History and Political Science, University of Copenhagen

Nadim Mahmoud

Workshop Leader

Music Producer

MA Graduate Political Science, University of 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

Jasmine Eskenzi

Founder, The Zensory & Women in Health Tech

MA Digital Communication, University of Westminster


Rasmus Brøndsted

Senior Graphic Designer, Stereo Associates

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

Simon Rønne Rischel

Choir Conductor, the Danish Boys Choir

MA Singing and Music Pedagogy, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen

Nicolas Busch

MSc International Security and Law, University of Southern Denmark

Elena Kremenchugskaya

Pianist, Composer

MA International Business, Université Paris Sorbonne

Emil Lagstrøm

Certified Public Accountant, Piaster Revisorerne

Background: Lisboa 2018