Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI) is the largest youth music NGO in the world with the mission to "enable young people to develop through music across all boundaries". With a vast array of activities, JMI has established four priority activity fields: Young Musicians, Young Audiences, Youth Empowerment and Youth Orchestras & Ensembles.
With member organizations currently in 45 countries and contact organizations in another 35, JMI is a global network providing opportunities for young people to engage with music. The JMI network reaches over 5 million young people aged 13-30 per year through some 36,000 activities, which embrace all styles of music, and coordinates cross-border exchange opportunities on the international level.
JMI places empowerment, with its emphasis on social inclusion and cohesion, at its core. For over 60 years, JMI has been 'Making a Difference through Music', using the power of music to bridge across social, geographical, racial and economic divides and creating a platform for intercultural dialogue.
In August 2013 the Norwegian branch of JMI hosted the Imagine Festival for musicians from nine different countries, in Kristiansand. During the four-day festival the young musicians attended workshops and concerts, did studio recordings and participated in the Imagine Festival contest. Mimeta funded travel expenses for the bands from Zimbabwe and Malawi.