Music Diplomacy – Stories from the World

EMMA for Peace is launching the first blog community dedicated to collecting the most inspiring stories on music diplomacy from all over the world, bringing together experiences and reflections from musicians, scholars, experts, diplomats, activists and journalists working in the field.

Music diplomacy is a particular form of cultural diplomacy. As a universal language that breaks down language barriers and cultural differences, music promotes cooperation, understanding and mutual respect among people, communities and nations thus contributing to a culture of peace.

Editor-in-Chief: Paolo Petrocelli

EMMA for Peace brings EUYO to Oman

In collaboration with EMMA for Peace, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) will perform for the first time in Oman, presenting a special gala concert with Latvian Soprano Kristine Opolais, conducted by Vasily Petrenko, on April 18th 2019 at the Royal Opera House Muscat

More info and tickets here

EMMA for Peace and UNHCR for Syria

We are pleased to announce we just signed an MoU with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. We will be partnering with them for a special event in Milan, Italy on November 28th: a fundraising concert for Syrian refugees, featuring Italian conductor Beatrice Venezi, Syrian conductor Nahel Al HalabiDamascus String Quintet and Mirna Kassis

Join us in Milan!

More info and tickets here

#WithRefugees #EMMAforPeace #musicdiplomacy

Erasmus plus opens the learning path of non-formal education for EMMA for Peace

In 2018 EMMA for Peace is looking forward to promoting the values of the Erasmus+ Programme by changing the lives and opening the minds of youth workers and youth leaders. EMMA for Peace has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding to organize the ‘Innovators’ coaching’ training course starting on the 2nd till the 9th of November 2018.

Peace Drums: EMMA for Peace in Lampedusa

EMMA for Peace is proud to be among the organizers of Peace Drums.

PeaceDrums is a concert spread out across the Mediterranean Sea. Thousands of drums exchange beats from coast to coast making the heartbeat into a pulse of peace at the rhythm of music. All together, on the 23rd of September 2017, we will make one sound resonate:


The starting point for communication will be the beach. The rhythm will take us back to the ancestral essence of life: the heartbeat. From a reverse perspective, the beach becomes the symbolic starting point for a dialogue based on the rhythm of music.
From Lampedusa to Venice, Istanbul, Smirne, Beirut, Gaza, Tel Aviv, Alexandria, Tunisia, Cyprus, Barcellona, Marseille and more.
Music will send a message of peace, bondage and friendship between people facing the same sea. The sea that will be the route for cultural exchanges like it always has.

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Music Diversity and Diplomacy Symposium

EMMA for Peace is pleased to join the “Music Diversity and Diplomacy” Symposium organized by ICDO(International Cultural Diversity Organization) at the first edition of the Suoni dal Golfo Festival in Lerici, Italy on August 31st.

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EMMA for Peace in Nepal

Artists in residence, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Nepal26th April / 2nd May 2017In occasion of the forthcoming UNESCO International Jazz Day (30th April), by invitation of the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory (Nepal) with the support of Fao Mountain Partnership, artists Gianni Denitto and Ivan Bert are going to develop a project that will include charity concerts and workshops.

In the one week residency seven Italian artists (five musicians, one choreographer and one documentarist) are going to perform and teach improvisation techniques, dance and jazz music to the Nepalese students.Concerts are scheduled in the NAG orphanageKathmandu clubs and UNESCO sites.

EMMA for Peace is proud to partner with Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory and support this exciting cultural, educational and social project.

Artists invited:

  • Gianni Denitto (alto sax)
  • Ivan Bert (trumpet)
  • Fabio Giachino (piano)
  • Mauro Battisti (double bass)
  • Mattia Barbieri (drums)
  • Valentina Gallo (choreograper, Teatro Orfeo)
  • Paolo Ceretto (documentarist, video maker)

International Series of Concerts for Peace

Under the Patronage of the Italian National Commission for UNESCOEMMA for Peace is proud to present a new international series of concerts for peace.

The project, promoted in collaboration with Emilia Romagna ConcertiFondazione Italia Giappone, will present in a week 5 concerts in 5 different cities between Italy, Israel and Palestine.

Under the baton of the renowned Italian conductor Paolo Olmi,  the Young Musicians European Orchestra, which brings together young talents from all over the world, will perform along three of the greatest young soloists of today, Yury Revich (violin), Jonathan Roozeman (cello), Luis Cabrera (double bass).

Here the full calendar:

8th DecemberRavenna (Italy), Chiesa di San Giovanni Battista (conductor, Matthieu Mantanus)

9th DecemberForlì (Italy), Abbazia di San Mercuriale (conductor, Matthieu Mantanus)

10th  DecemberRieti (Italy)

11th December: Rome (Italy), Cappella Paolina, Palazzo del Quirinale (Presidential Palace)

12th DecemberJerusalem (Israel), Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center 

13th December: Bethlehem (Palestine), Church of the Nativity

EMMA for Peace joins Music & Drama Education Expo

EMMA for Peace is proud to serve as Media Partner for Music & Drama Education Expo, Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for music education, which will take place in London on next 9 & 10 February 2017.

Completely free to attend, the event features more than 60 CPD seminars, workshops and debates and over 130 exhibitors. New for 2017: bigger venue, free wifi, fire-side chats, department crossover and ‘The Space’.

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EMMA for Peace partner of the World’s Largest Music Competition for Peace

EMMA for Peace is proud to be partner of MasterPeace for the World’s Largest Music Competition for Peace!

MasterPeace invites musicians to join world’s largest music competition for peace, using their music with a cause for winning the chance to perform at Europe’s largest music festival!

The competition mobilized professional and up & coming artists submitting over 200 songs from more than 68 countries, joining with songs of peace, togetherness, tolerance, change and positivity bringing these most needed values with the power of art and music and partnership with strongest names in the music world!

Paolo Petrocelli, Founder and President of EMMA for Peace, will serve as a member of the jury for the final selection of the best song, along with Grammy Award-Winning Composer and Producer, Ricky Kej, and the South Sudanese musician, actor, former child soldier, and political activist, Emmanuel Jal.

Submission are still open! send you song for peace now!