Mission and Impact

Mission and Vision

The mission of Crossing Borders Music is to use music to promote the dignity of people from all cultures.

We envision a more harmonious world in which people experience musical and artistic dimensions of world cultures in such a way that influences how they shop, invest, travel, volunteer, do business, and live their day-to-day lives.

To this end, Crossing Borders Music produces moving music that tells compelling stories by composers from under-represented cultures – music that invites audiences to challenge assumptions and learn more. Crossing Borders Music also presents educational programs to foster young people’s awareness of the diversity and richness of cultures and their music.


We focus on cultures that are poorly understood and often historically marginalized. By sharing music by composers from these cultures, our music tells the stories others are not. In so doing, we challenge stereotypes and preconceptions. Therefore, when we hear audience members say our music defied their expectations or broadened their worldview, we know we’re fulfilling our mission. Indeed, over 95% of our audience members last year reported having found something unexpected, having learned something, and wanting to learn more about the featured culture.

In the 2015-2016 season, we reached live audiences of 2700, including people of diverse ages, economic situations, races, nations of origin, religions, and cultural backgrounds. In the 2016-2017 season, we reached live audiences of 4800. In the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, we reached over 10,000!