Afghanistan National Institute of Music Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Afghanistan National Institute of Music

The Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) was created as the first and only music school in Afghanistan, where talented Afghani students, grades 4 through 14, studied and trained in traditional Afghan and classical western music while obtaining a core academic education.

Promoting Musical Diversity and Healing Through Music

Afghanistan National Institute of Music

While operating in Afghanistan, the students – regardless of gender, social circumstances, or ethnic background – received specialized training in music and academic lessons in mathematics, science, physics, social sciences, Dari, Pashto, Arabic, English, Quranic studies, and Islamic studies.

At the heart of its mission, ANIM believes that music brings people together. It allows Afghan youth the opportunity to not just learn but also to heal their wounds, build strong bonds within the Afghan community, and embrace an ever-changing and diverse society.

In August 2021, along with thousands of Afghan nationals, members of ANIM fled Afghanistan. On December 13 of that year, after a brief stop in Qatar, hundreds of ANIM students, faculty, staff, and immediate family members traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, where they were granted asylum and welcomed to reestablish their school.

As ANIM rebuilds itself in Lisbon as a premier music school and orchestra, its critical work continues to transform the lives of young, talented, and eager Afghan-national students. Those participating have a tremendous influence on the social and cultural life of the Afghan people – and the international community – all over the world.

GRoW Support


General Operating Support, Portugal


General Operating Support, Portugal