MIMA is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and enrich communities through music improvisation.
MIMA hosts songwriting programs in under-served schools (education), sends musicians abroad as cultural envoys (diplomacy) and raises money through live performances (concerts). MIMA education and diplomacy programs are accessible to all students and promote positive collaboration, mutual respect, creative expression, and a sense of accomplishment. After completing a MIMA program, students are better prepared to confront academic and life challenges with creativity, confidence, and laughter.
Initially established in the year 2000 as a student group at Princeton University, MIMA has hosted music programs in 25 countries on 5 continents. MIMA programs are managed by Executive Director Kevin Wenzel and administered by MIMA Music, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity founded by Christoph A. Geiseler in 2004. MIMA's headquarters are based in New York City, USA.
MIMA has received support from and worked with notable musicians and public figures that include Gilberto Gil, Prince, Leon Mobley, Pete Lockett, The Wailers, George Clinton, Bill Frisell, Robin Quivers, Leon Russell, Dr. Pauline Oliveros, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Lawrence Lessig and the late Mrs. Phoebe Jacobs. MIMA has been featured on the BBC, Howard Stern Show, TeleMadrid and NationalGeographic.com. Past and present institutional sponsors include the US Department of State, Princeton University, the Edward T. Cone Foundation, the Google Foundation, the Bank of America Foundation, Scion USA and Remo, Inc.