The MUS-E® Network – associations delivering the MUS-E® programme in their national context – is active in 12 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Lichtenstein, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland) plus Israel. Currently, more than 1,000 socially engaged artists are working with 50,000 children in around 450 primary schools.
The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is responsible for the international coordination of MUS-E®. This includes promoting and sharing best practices and common tools, plus facilitating international exchange between participating schools and artists. Set up in 2000, the Committee comprises national MUS-E® coordinators and Foundation staff who guide the evolution of the programme, developing common areas of collaboration, from training of artists to art education research.
MUS-E® Arts at School brings art into the daily education of young children, particularly those living in deprived or challenging environments. The programme enables 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.
Exhibitions of artworks made by children during MUS-E® classes promote artistic creativity while spreading the message of the importance of cultural diversity.