The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF) was created in 1991 by Yehudi Menuhin in Brussels to realise his humanist dream of giving a voice to the voiceless through the arts, irrespective of background, and building a civilisation of reciprocity. The Foundation thus serves as the base for the implementation and coordination of cross-cultural projects and programmes, the first of which was the MUS-E programme.

Mission

Enabling international exchanges and co-creation of emerging and established musicians and artists of all backgrounds

Improving the development of children through the MUS-E® Programme

Encouraging the expression and representation of cultural minorities through the assembly of cultures of Europe

Organising concerts, exhibitions, artistic manifestations and other events in the spirit of Yehudi Menuhin’s humanism

Vision

Every child has a chance

Every human has a voice 

Every culture has a channel of expression

Values

We share: We commit to bring our singularity into complementarity and to share our talents, our solidarity and our reciprocity

We respect: We commit to foster a wider understanding of all cultures with consideration for all

We trust: We commit to cultivate a self-trust, trustfulness and trustworthiness in all our endeavours

We create: we commit to receive the idea of a new concept and accept to be the instrument of its expression at the service of the best possible inspiration for others

We innovate: we commit to improve, surprise, marvel, astound, guide, inspire, empower in accessible and applicable terms for our perspectives and for the perspectives of others

We communicate: we commit to explore, discover and conquer the many ways to convey our intentions and accomplishments in order to create harmonious cooperation in our multicultural environements 

Fields of activity

Art at School

 

We serve as the international coordination centre for the MUS-E® network, which is composed of various national associations in Europe and Israel specifically tasked to incorporate the creative arts in traditional education methods at primary schools in their respective countries. We enable professional artists to share their passion and knowledge in primary schools where they collaborate with teachers in the classroom to embed music, dance and visual arts in the curriculum. The aim is to stimulate new, creative ways of thinking amongst the youngest members of society, and to combat the development of violent, racist or socially excluding behaviours and attitudes.

Art on Stage

 

An abiding legacy of Yehudi Menuhin and his collaboration with artists of diverse backgrounds is the unique and high-quality annual concert of performance which we organise, bringing together several cultures in harmonious dialogue through music or other performing arts. Such events convey a strong message of tolerance and understanding and are dynamic demonstration of social integration at European level. Since 1992, the Foundation has united the voices of different cultures in more than 50 live concerts and dance performances, featuring both world-renowned artists and newcomers. Before his death in 1999, Yehudi Menuhin presented among others Stéphane Grappelli, Ravi Shankar, Marcel Marceau and Myriam Makeba on stage. The tradition continues today, with famous names such as Jorge Chaminé continuing to voice Yehudi Menuhin’s powerful message of harmony through music.

 

 

Art for Europe

The Foundation vaunts a long story of being both a leader and a participant in socio-cultural and educational European projects commissioned by the European Commission in the areas of intercultural dialogue and social inclusion of children and young people from lesser-known minorities. Two recent examples include Music4Ron and Art4Rom, two initiatives promoting Roma values and culture, involving partners, artists, educators and hundreds of Roma and non-Roma children in four European countries. Many of the projects have involved the cooperation of the MUS-E® network and have resulted in the development of innovative training methodologies for the European educational sector. What’s more, initiated by Yehudi Menuhin in 1997, the Assembly of the Cultures of Europe (ACE) is a platform representing more than 30 cultural minorities including Roma, Armenians, Saami and Csangos. ACE aims to give a voice to the voiceless cultures of Europe, safeguarding their continuing diversity and specificity as autonomous groups within the EU. In its ambassadorial role, ACE acts as the interlocutor between the European institutions and minority groups.

 

Art in Residence

We specialize in organizing international artistic residencies for young artists from diverse cultures drawing on our network of artist experts from around Europe and beyond. These residencies are designed to encourage the exchange of knowledge and good practices between artists and enable the co-creation of new works. These creative laboratories lay the foundations for the future artist ambassadors of our MUS-E® network and its partners.