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El Sistema School WHIN Expands Charter


The U.S.’s WHIN Music Community Charter School, the country’s first school to be designed and founded on El Sistema principles, has renewed their charter for five years—expanding to a new middle school this September.

Timeline of African American Music


Carnegie Hall’s “Timeline of African American Music,” created by Portia K. Maultsby, Ph.D., is an educational resource showcasing the evolution of African American music over the past 400 years.

Funding… for Carnival Music


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Violinists Support Ukraine


In this moving video, 94 violinists from around the world come together to accompany violinists in Ukraine, some in basement shelters, on a Ukrainian folk song.

Young European Musicians Unite in Groundbreaking Concert


In February 2022, the Philharmonie de Paris was filled with the music of young people from across the continent. Young musicians from all 27 E.U. member states, representing 15 European Sistema-inspired initiatives, came together to participate in an ambitious project—Orchestre Démos Europe.

Lewis Prize for Music’s Accelerator Awards Application Opens March 25


The Lewis Prize for Music has announced that their 2023 Accelerator Awards application will open on Friday, March 25.

El Sistema Luxembourg Relaunched


Originally founded in 2015, El Sistema Luxembourg has announced its relaunch, with the goal of bridging the gap between Luxembourg’s vast music education institutions and the minority groups, often disadvantaged new arrivals, who struggle to navigate the system.

Grant Opportunity for Young Leaders


Riley’s Way Foundation is supporting the next generation of young leaders through their Call for Kindness grant. U.S.-based youth between ages 13–22 can apply for grants of up to $3,000 for projects that strengthen their community and inspire kindness.

Resource: Healing a Broken World


How can art and culture help to heal communities affected by the pandemic? The Inter-American Development Bank organized a virtual summit in April 2021 to address this question, with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Arts & Cultural Sector Reports Center Voices of BIPOC Communities


A national research initiative, Culture + Community in a Time of Transformation, has released two reports on the impact of the pandemic on equity and access within the arts and cultural sector, highlighting perspectives from BIPOC-serving organizations.


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