MIMA: Music Impovisation with Communities around the World


MIMA's mission is to build and celebrate community by inspiring and transforming people through music, offering free music-making workshops in communities around the world, and training young volunteers to lead these workshops in their home communities.MIMA's goal is to unlock the creative potential of individuals within a group and empower groups within a community.

It all started in 2000, when four Princeton University students launched a college social movement to bring university students together through improvised music. Current MIMA trustees Adam Nemett and Christoph A. Geiseler led the student group at Princeton by organizing jam sessions and DJ events.

In 2004 Christoph wrote his Princeton politics thesis about MIMA as a nonprofit business proposal. He incorporated the nonprofit charity MIMA Music, Inc., enlisted his Princeton thesis advisors as business advisors and launched the first songwriting program in Trenton, NJ.

From 2004 to 2010 MIMA hosted 30 outreach programs for 700 students in 15 cities on 4 continents, working together with institutions like the US State Department, Princeton University and the Google Foundation.

MIMA has developed its own teaching methodology that includes interactive group musical exercises, leadership training based on musical improvisation and a repertoire of original songs and recordings.

October 10, 2010 marks the 10-year anniversary of MIMA.