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EMMA for Peace, or the Euro Mediterranean Music Academy, is a non-profit global umbrella organization for music diplomacy and education: a network of music institutions, universities and philanthropic foundations brought together in the shared interest of music and the promotion of peace in the Mediterranean and Middle East regions.
Thanks to the collaboration of national institutions and international organizations, EMMA for Peace encourages peace building initiatives by the participation of world renowned artists in concerts, masterclasses, workshops and other educational programmes of excellence for young people.
Celebrated Italian conductor Riccardo Muti acts as the organisation’s honorary president.
EMMA for Peace encourages dialogue and the sharing of musical excellence between international musicians of the highest level and students and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the Europe and the Middle East. It uses music as a tool for peace in places torn apart by war, bringing the best talent from the world’s concert halls and academies to refugee camps and other deprived areas where music education is otherwise inaccessible.
EMMA for Peace also promotes music as a tool for diplomacy through collaborations with international institutional partners such as the UN organizations (particularly UNICEF and the UNHCR) and the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. EMMA also raises awareness in individual partner countries with the support of national institutions, as well as organising concerts at major venues and festivals throughout the region.
Founded by the young cultural entrepreneur Paolo Petrocelli, EMMA for Peace is a ‘roving’ musical academy focusing on the Mediterranean and Middle East regions, with international branches that extend beyond.
Bringing together different peoples, cultures and traditions, EMMA for Peace lets music be the instrument of understanding, awareness and collaboration towards a peaceful future for all.
EMMA for Peace was officially launched at the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Warsaw, under the patronage of UNESCO and the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe. EMMA organised a series of concerts throughout the Summit, bringing established musicians and cultural figures from around the Middle East and Mediterranean, together with young talents from the region, in a musical dialogue for Peace.