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Music Beats Mines

Music Beats Mines is your creative chance to raise funds for landmine clearance and education in some of the world's poorest communities.

Music Beats Mines

 

Every day, 10 people are killed or suffer horrific injuries because of landmines and other explosive weapons. These weapons are indiscriminate killers during and after conflict. They don't obey ceasefire agreements.

Your Music Beats Mines efforts will help MAG to make land and lives safe. MAG reduces the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and creates safe and secure conditions for development.

Music Beats Mines Auction 2014

Our 2014 Music Beats Mines Auction launches at 9pm on Thursday 27 November and ends on Sunday 7 December. 

Bid on Elbow's signed guitar, a Go Go Penguin's Mercury-nominated signed CD, and autographed goodies from Lenny Kravitz, Marilyn Manson, Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith, Stephen Fry and many more....

Organise an event 

Music Beats Mines events are your call. It could be big or small. If it's a gig, then anything goes... spoken word, classical, thrash metal, you name it. Or how about a club night, quiz or buskathon?

Did you know?

Laos is the most bombed country in the world per capita.

Around 80 million of the cluster submunitions dropped on the country during the Vietnam War failed to detonate, remaining ‘live’ in the ground after the end of the war.

You decide what to put on, where to hold it and how to arrange it.

The great thing is that you don't have to be an events expert to get involved – in fact, MBM is a great way to get experience in events organising.

AND there's no minimum amount you'll be expected to raise (though obviously the more the better!)

We’ll provide you with materials, inspiration and support. Download the Music Beats Mines fundraising kit for useful tips and advice.

Best of all, the money you raise will help save lives and build futures in conflict-affected communities, helping ensure that the extraordinarily tragic story of twins Dana and Zana becomes a thing of the past.

More information

We would love you to get involved with Music Beats Mines, so for any further information please give Ingrid a call on 0161 238 5437 or email ingrid.turner@maginternational.org.

Who benefits from a Music Beats Mines event?

The money raised from Music Beats Mines will help MAG to clear landmines and cluster bombs – as well as educating vulnerable people – in some of the world's poorest communities, like this one in Laos...

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MAG in 2013: infographic

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Music Beats Mines auction 2013

Our annual online auction of signed musical memorabilia raised an incredible £2610! The signed Elbow guitar above raised £1,650 alone! A huge thanks to all the artists who donated and everyone who placed a bid!

Bid for this signed Eblow guitar online

 

LandminesA landmine is defined by the Mine Ban Treaty as "a munition designed to be placed under, on or near the ground or other surface area and to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person or a vehicle."

Landmines are generally divided into two main groups - anti-personnel and anti-tank - and have four main component parts: an outer structure made of either plastic, wood, metal, Bakelite, rubber or even glass; a fuse or firing mechanism; a detonator; and high explosives.

Some contain thousands of pieces of shrapnel, designed to fire out to great distances, while others have been made with a minimum amount of metal and are therefore difficult to detect using metal detectors.
Cluster submunitionsCluster bombs, or cluster munitions, are weapons that can be dropped from the air by planes or fired from the ground.

They open in mid-air and release numerous (sometimes hundreds) explosive bomblets - 'submunitions' - over a wide area.

Most of these bomblets explode immediately, but many don't, killing and maiming civilians long after a conflict has ended.
Cluster bombsCluster bombs, or cluster munitions, are weapons that can be dropped from the air by planes or fired from the ground.

They open in mid-air and release numerous (sometimes hundreds) explosive bomblets - 'submunitions' - over a wide area.

Most of these bomblets explode immediately, but many don't, killing and maiming civilians long after a conflict has ended.

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130 times around the world

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Over the last 25 years, MAG teams working in 40 countries have:

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Returned 5,522 km² of land to safe and productive use.

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This is equivalent to a one-kilometre wide strip of land all the way from London to Moscow, and back again...

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...Or a one-metre wide strip of land wrapped 130 times around the world.

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Our teams have also found and destroyed over 400,000 landmines and cluster munitions...

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...And more than 16 million items of unexploded ordnance, other dangerous items, and small arms ammunition

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...As well as delivering 100,000+ risk education sessions, to keep people safe till land is cleared

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And in 2013 alone, MAG’s work reached, directly or indirectly, two million men, women and children.

25 years of MAG

25 years of saving lives and building futures, 1989-2014.

Read the MAG story here

LandminesA landmine is defined by the Mine Ban Treaty as "a munition designed to be placed under, on or near the ground or other surface area and to be exploded by the presence, proximity or contact of a person or a vehicle."

Landmines are generally divided into two main groups - anti-personnel and anti-tank - and have four main component parts: an outer structure made of either plastic, wood, metal, Bakelite, rubber or even glass; a fuse or firing mechanism; a detonator; and high explosives.

Some contain thousands of pieces of shrapnel, designed to fire out to great distances, while others have been made with a minimum amount of metal and are therefore difficult to detect using metal detectors.
Cluster munitionsCluster bombs, or cluster munitions, are weapons that can be dropped from the air by planes or fired from the ground.

They open in mid-air and release numerous (sometimes hundreds) explosive bomblets - 'submunitions' - over a wide area.

Most of these bomblets explode immediately, but many don't, killing and maiming civilians long after a conflict has ended.
Unexploded ordnanceExplosive weapons - such as bombs, rockets, missiles, mortars and grenades - that did not explode when they were used and still pose a risk of detonation.Small arms'Small arms' include revolvers, self-loading pistols, rifles and carbines, sub-machine guns, assault rifles, light machine guns.Risk EducationRisk Education (or Mine Risk Education) refers to activities that seek to reduce the risk of death and injury from landmines and other explosive weapons, and lessen their social and economic impact.

Risk Education includes the provision of safety messages to at-risk individuals and communities, raising awareness of the dangers and promoting safe behaviour.

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