An initiative hosted by Music Crossroads International seeks to bring together artists from all around the world to help raise funds for students at music schools in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Dubbed the Acrylic Melody Exhibition (AME), the initiative was launched in February.
According to a statement from Music Crossroads International, the latest AME exhibition takes place in June and July at two different venues in Brussels, Belgium, where Music Crossroads has its headquarters.
The first phase of the exhibition is already underway at Ethiopian restaurant Kokob in Brussels. It started on June 1 and continues until June 22.
It will be followed by a 15-day exhibition at Kuumba, the Flemish African House, in Brussels from June 23 until July 7. There will be live acoustic music during the opening night and musicians are welcome to participate in a jam session.
“The goal of the AME initiative is to unite artists globally to further promote the access to artistic and cultural education and expression.
“On display and on sale are music-inspired wood-panel paintings from artists and art enthusiasts from 20 countries,” the statement reads.
All proceeds will go towards funding scholarships for students at our music academies in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In Malawi, the scholarships will be channelled towards the Music Crossroads Academy in Lilongwe.
According to Music Crossroads, about one third of the students enrolled at these campuses benefit from the scholarships, which are available to marginalised youth who could otherwise not be able to access music education.
Music Crossroads director Joe Hermann said: “At Music Crossroads, we put every effort into supporting talented young people in Africa by providing them with music education and training. We are grateful to all the artists who have seen value in what we do and decided to donate their work to this fundraising initiative.” n