I have devoted the last 25 years of my professional life to advising and working with nonprofits. Experience has taught me to pick and choose the organizations that I am involved with very carefully. Too many nonprofits talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. MusicXchange is one of the rare nonprofits that has the commitment to match its vision, and the ability to make a real difference. In its short existence, MusicXchange has accomplished a great deal, including presenting a number of well received events in the U.S. and Ghana to promote and preserve traditional African music and working collaboratively with local Ghanaian NGOs to conduct music education and therapy programs. MusicXchange is transformational grass roots nonprofit. It was started by Federico Masetti, an exceptionally talented and caring young man, with a passion and talent for traditional world music. It is truly inspiring and fulfilling to be part of such a vibrant nonprofit. I encourage everyone to join us as, together, we seek to make the world a better place through the power of music.
I met MusicXchange in College one afternoon seeking to establish a partnership with our institution to extend their impact to the college students. This is a team that is driven by the desire to create impact and cause a change. Their determination has led them to build a wide network with a lot of musicians and traditional music groups in a very short while that I would not have thought this talent existed in Ghana. Their immense contribution to the music industry in Ghana making it attractive for young individuals to enter so they can preserve their culture through the music that they make is incredible. This organization has been able to identify an unjust equilibrium that, many musicians in Ghana are not able to live a good life because they do not get any economic from the profession. Meanwhile, there is a wealth of skill and knowledge that they are not able to share with the community because of the constraints. This institution has been able to solve this unjust equilibrium by creating avenues for these local musicians to perform so they can live a good life while we also preserve our culture as Africans.
The team has given opportunity to students to attend free music production workshops, sound engineering workshops and music therapy workshops and it is indeed making the lives of people better in Ghana. I personally believe in their vision because most Ghanaians and Africans have lost sight of the power of our indigenous music to serve as a therapeutic tool. Meanwhile the kind of music we produce has a great effect on our health as Ghanaians if we are able to identify it and use it rather than under utilize the power of this tool. This organization is doing an amazing of ensuring that we can use this music as a therapeutic tool to promote the health of Ghanaians.
MusicXchange has empowered traditional musicians and laid the foundation of some kind of renaissance for traditional music in Ghana.
Albums, which feature works of diverse traditional musicians, have been produced and are set to promote the compositions of these musicians, who are by and large ignored by main stream media in Ghana.
Indeed, MusicXchange has engaged traditional musicians who are undergoing training as therapists and has created a mechanism for regular public performances by traditional groups and musicians throughout the country.
Musicxchange as an organisation has come into existence as a catalyst to help people as well as the vulnerable in the society and the Globe to identify and develop their skills and talents in the area of traditional music with the view of projecting the differences in the rich arts and cultural heritage of the world. Your unflinching financial support in diverse ways will go a long way to help this noble organisation to educate people all over the world through the power of music on the need to appreciate one another's culture, regardless of one's background.
I have been following MusicXchange since its creation , and I have to admit that it is a truly interesting and powerful project. It grows hope and gives education to less fortunate people, preserving and expanding their culture, through the power of music. All of this giving us the chance to discover hidden talents. Innovative idea, that serves the community!
I've been following step by step MusicXChange's growth since i first heard about it in 2016. I'm a drummer and passionate about education (back in 2014 i've been a volunteer in Kenya for a primary school founded by an italian NGO) and I found in MusicXchange a truly inspiring nonprofit organization. I think Music (and music therapy) is one of the most powerful tool for having social impact on communities and for spreading change around the world, especially in Africa. I'm looking forward to continuing following its iniativies and to helping these guys to grow.
Sometimes you have to be skeptical about no-profits organizations because if you decide to help people you may think "I might as well do it myself directly". But believe me, MusicXchange is well worth your time. Their efforts exceed expectations by far, and becoming part of this network it's the best choice you could do.
I spent more than two weeks experiencing MXC programs on field and their work in Ghana is highly professional, dedicated and fun.
I recommend MusicXchange to all those willing to help people and music firsthand, joining a movement of genuine and caring people.
I've started collaborating with MusicXChange since its foundation and I've actively contributed to its developing throughout the years. Unlike many other nonprofit organizations MusicXChange adopts a holistic, long-term oriented and respectful approach to charity: it's not a matter of spot, specific and financial aid to African communities, rather of long-lasting, grassroots-driven support and empowerment.
The mission of this nonprofit, that lives and the intersection of art, music an humanitarian aid, is simply innovative: it promotes music as a mean and catalyst for achieving positive change. The dedication and the enthusiasm shown by all MusicXChange team members made me feel proud of being part of it and gave me constant incentive for contributing to its activities.
I will never forget the one-month trip to Ghana that I experienced with MusicXChange last year: we traveled all around the country providing local musicians with free recording opportunities, we organized musical events and shows in three different regions , we issued grants to local organizations and established partnership with musical centers and hospitals and we held music-therapy sessions.
It's been a life-changing, eyes-opening experience that boosted my admiration for MusicXChange and all its team members, especially for its visionary and passionate CEO.
I will definitely keep on following and supporting this amazing project and I invite anyone to do the same!
Few months ago I had the chance to attend a very interesting conference on music therapy and all its applications in Rome. One of the speaker was Federico Masetti, CEO of MusicXChange, who has brilliantly brought to the attention of the audience his beautiful project whose main goal is to improve the healthcare in Ghana through the power of music. This project has explored and studied the rapidly growing field of medical music therapy, and from then on has focused both on education and effective practice in the field. It has included dynamic, interactive demonstrations and instruction of specific protocols that audience members can immediately incorporate into their own medical and musical practices on one hand. On the other hand, collaborating with Ghanaian associations of music therapy and other music therapy organizations, MusicXChange is trying as much as possible to help bring the traditional art of healing through music to modern settings in hospitals and schools and it is really doing a great job. Well done! Keep it up!
I have been involved with MusicXChange since its very beginning as a volunteer, as a donor and as a strong supporter. I have followed all the developments from the first ideas shared with Federico during a summer vacation (at the time he was a young student at Berklee College of Music, now he is the CEO of this organization) to the recent initiatives of this latest period (the launch of the CD with original traditional music from Ghana, the Okurase Project, the contacts with the School for the Blinds, the start of new projects (example: music theraphy in medical centers), etc.).
Once you get started in this involvement, it is impossible not to cherish in your heart what these young people are doing to help less fortunates to grow up in a healthier environment, surrounded by attention, care and love.
Very rarely in my professional life (travelling all over the world) I have seen so much enthusiasm and dedication.
I recommend whoever is in the condition to do so, to help this wonderful organization and support it by whichever mean. MusicXChange really deserves it!
MusicXChange has a new and promising vision as a nonprofit. They ways in which they integrate Music Therapy, education, and providing musicians with work opportunities are well planned and executed. The group has done exciting work and has a bright future of helping people ahead.
A conversation over coffee in Boston with MusicXChange's infectiously visionary founder has translated into my deep respect and dedication to the noble goals of this nonprofit. MusicXChange really is at the intersection of music, social change, and health. Closest to my heart is the music therapy aspect of this project. Ghana has an ancient and rich tradition of using music as a mechanism for healing and community building. By partnering with the Ghana Association of Music Therapy and other music therapy organizations MusicXChange endeavors to help bring the traditional art of healing through music to modern settings in hospitals and schools. As a music therapist myself I understand the value in using music to not only enrich the lives of people around the world, but also to improve lives in a measurable way. Bravo to MusicXChange for bringing these techniques, partnering and learning from Ghanaian musicians and institutes, and working tirelessly to help establish music therapy in Ghanaian communities!
On Saturday, July 16, 2016, A rainy day in the hills of Akropong, Ghana became one the brightest days in my life. The MusicXChange team arrived at the Akropong School for the Blind in the early afternoon. We quickly set up an array of microphones and field recording equipment to preserve the performance about to take place. A group of students from the school’s music program performed traditional Ghanaian drum and dance music from the Central Region, as well as Gospel and Contemporary music. The music program at ASB consists of over 300 students. The students skillfully performed and expressed such emotion and passion within the music and dance. The director provided many creative auditory cues with his voice and his trumpet, and the students were always aware and prepared to respond. I was quite impressed with the dancers as well. They danced with a keen awareness of their movements, and their relationship to the other dancers, despite their visual impairments. Their movements were exceptionally coordinated and harmonious. They moved around their stage with precision and a deep connection to the music. The students were middle school to high school aged, but they performed and expressed the music with intension and impressive skill. The audience could clearly see that these students were hard-working, and passionate about the music. After the recording session, I had the honor and privilege of facilitating a music therapy session with students from the music program who chose to participate. Up until this time, most of my practical experience in music therapy has been working with clients in other populations, namely older adults, special education, and people who have hearing impairments. Working with the students at ASB was new challenge, both because of my lack of experience with the visually impaired community, and because of our cultural and musical differences.