By: Aaron Shneyer, 2007-2008 Fulbright-mtvU Fellow
As a 2007-2008 Fulbright-mtvU Fellow I founded Heartbeat, an organization based in Jerusalem, which unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build trust and transform their conflict through the power of music. Five years later, I still direct Heartbeat and am working with our inspiring youth musicians and staff members to enable more teenagers to connect with one another and develop creative tools for social change. Through our workshops, youth musicians write music, learn about each other, and develop their musical abilities. Once they are ready, we bring their trust building experience and powerful messages to their communities through performances, workshops, singles, and music videos. Right now we’ve got programs running in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv-Jaffa. We also just wrote a Hip HOPera on migration and human rights called the Borderline Remix, which will perform this year in Germany, Sweden, Israel/Palestine and other countries.
This February 20 – March 7, our most experienced youth musicians will fly to the United States for Heartbeat’s first ever US Tour. We’ll be visiting universities along the East Coast and hope to visit the rest of North American sometime soon. We’ve also just launched “HeartCorps,” the Heartbeat Street Team, in an effort to engage like minded individuals in the effort to make music louder than violence. We hope you’ll join us!
Apply For Your Own Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship
The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Program year. Have an idea on how to use music as a force for global change? The Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship awards students one academic year on projects of their own design around an aspect of international musical culture that is intended to promote “the power of music” as a global force for mutual understanding. Apply for your own Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship right here.