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Sistema England to Merge with The Nucleo Project


Sistema England is passing its activities and leadership role to The Nucleo Project in London. Founded in 2013 by Lucy Maguire, The Nucleo Project will now be known as “Nucleo” as it expands its local work and takes on wider youth development roles.

Learning Planet Festival Hosts El Sistema Panel on January 24


The third edition of the global Learning Planet Festival—happening online from January 22–29 this year—will be celebrating the International Day of Education with a free virtual panel session titled Arts for All: Exploring the assets of arts-based educational projects with El Sistema at 18:30 CET on January 24, 2022.

The Lewis Prize for Music Announces 2022 Awardees


The Lewis Prize for Music, which partners with leaders in diverse and vibrant communities who invest in young people through music, has announced the winners of its 2022 Accelerator Awards.

Study: Pandemic Is Negatively Impacting Pediatric Mental Health


You know this is true, and now science backs you up. A study in Canada from the first year of the pandemic found significant negative effects on pediatric mental health.

Two Reports Advocate for the Arts’ Impact on People of All Ages


Given the ongoing mental health crisis during the pandemic, you may be looking to strengthen your arts advocacy. Two reports can help.

New Artist Grants and Opportunities in 2022


From the Artwork Archive, here is an excellent collection of the best arts opportunities, grants, and calls-for-entry for the upcoming year. Many come from around the world.

Free Webinars: Embedding SEL in Our Music Education


Music educators can attend a free monthly webinar series designed to help them embed social and emotional learning in their teaching.

U.S.-Based Grants Available to Out-of-School Programs for Middle School Students


The Aim High grant program (funded by the New York Life Foundation and administered by the Afterschool Alliance) supports out-of-school programs serving middle-schoolers in the U.S. Aim High helps prepare economically disadvantaged eighth-graders to succeed in high school by supporting after-school, summer, and expanded learning programs.

Suggested Reading: Teacher as Artist-in-Residence


Here is an unusual book that presents teaching as an art practice: Teacher as Artist-in-Residence: The most radical form of expression to ever exist.

The Field is Growing


Across the world, the music for social change field keeps growing.


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