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Music as a Global resource (MAGR) originated in 2000 when all member countries of the United Nations agreed to achieve eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to significantly improve the quality of life for people throughout the world.   

A series of “High-Level Working Sessions were held at the UN to promote strategies to help countries achieve the MDGs. Music, as well as the other creative arts, and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) were identified as distinctly influential approaches that can create impact.

MAGR undertakes world-wide surveys of programs successfully using music for:

  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Working with Trauma Survivors
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Peacebuilding
The 3rd edition of the Compendium, a world wide compilation of 105 projects was published in 2011 presenting 105 projects from over 40 countries.

MAGR also works with the business community, governments and professional communities to achieve these additional goals:

  • Develop sustainable new programs
  • Strengthen existing programs
  • Promote research


Music as a Global Resource is an Initiative of Creative Arts as a Global Resource, Inc.
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