Music Crossroads Malawi is a non-profit organization that uses the power of music, music education, and the creative arts to provide opportunities to young people. Through professional trainings, performances, and the promotion of young talent, it works to develop music education and the creative arts sectors and industries in Malawi. With this vision, it has created centers of music education and vocational skills. The idea is to become self-sustainable and strengthen music and vocational skills education by making them culturally relevant, accessible, and affordable without compromising on quality. The music academy shapes talented musicians into young professionals.
A 2020 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported Music Crossroads Malawi’s Young in Prison Project. Through the Young in Prison Project, the group empowers young people who are incarcerated, people with albinism, young out-of-school single mothers, and street kids. Its trainings take a holistic approach through workshops, entrepreneurial trainings, and various vocational skills, including tailoring, welding, fabrication, and art. The project works towards the rehabilitation and reintegration of young people in conflict with the law through counseling and entrepreneurial development. The Young in Prison Project’s main focus is to provide opportunities for vulnerable and often excluded populations.