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The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

Music Haven Receives State Funding in Response to Community Outcry

04-07-2020

Since 2007, Music Haven, in New Haven, CT, has delivered strong learning outcomes through programs that primarily serve families living below the federal poverty level, 91% of whom are students of color. In achieving a 100% college matriculation rate, Music Haven built lasting community loyalty that led to it receiving $100,000 directly from state funds—very unusual in the U.S. However, without explanation, their state funding was eliminated from the adjusted 2021 state budget, a devastating blow. Read about what happened next. (Spoiler: the funding made it back into the budget. Community commitment made all the difference!)

Inspiring Film with Anthony McGill

03-03-2020

Here is an inspiring four-minute film with Anthony McGill, first African-American principal clarinetist with the NY Philharmonic, about how he got there. Share it with all your students.

A Blog Cites Trends in Philanthropic Giving

03-03-2020

A blog by Cynthia Adams of GrantStation cites trends in philanthropic giving, following up on her popular prediction blog from last year.

Grants for Growth and Development of Music Education from D’Addario Opens

03-03-2020

The D’Addario Foundation supports the growth and development of “high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline” to make music education more accessible for kids, helping them play early, frequently, and for as many years as possible. Grants average $2,500, and D’Addario awards product donations as well. Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry; invited grant applications will be due March 31, 2020.

Grants for Innovative Practices in K-12 Education

03-03-2020

The Braitmayer Foundation supports innovative practices in K-12 education in the US, especially curricular and school reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers. Apply for seed grants, challenge grants, and matching grants of up to $35,000. Letters of inquiry may be submitted through March 15, 2020.

News and Notes, March 2020

03-03-2020

News and Notes from the Archives

The 2020 El Sistema USA Symposium & Seminario

03-03-2020

Long before I joined The Ensemble newsletters editorial team a few months ago, I knew about El Sistema. I had read about it, listened to interviews, spoken with people inside the movement. But I hadn’t lived it—had barely seen it up close. I grew up playing jazz and orchestral pieces, but my professional background is as an editor, not a music educator. So I arrived in Durham for the 2020 El Sistema USA Symposium and Seminario expecting to listen to a language I barely understood.

Funds to Expand Social Service Innovations in Europe

02-19-2020

The European Social Catalyst Fund (ESCF) has opened a call for proposals to receive funding and capacity-building support in order to scale proven social service innovations. As the ESCF addresses some of Europe’s most pressing social challenges, we wonder if El Sistema programs might be an interesting fit for this funding. Supported initiatives must address social challenges within at least one of the following focus areas, including some that El Sistema programs directly address: poverty and marginalization, migration, gender equality, inequalities, education and training, community development, and the role and place of young people in society. At least six applications will be selected to receive a planning grant of up to €100,000 along with capacity-building support. Eligible applicants include public agencies, private nonprofit agencies, and collaborations involving public and private agencies in EU Member States. Applications close on April 15, 2020. Visit the Fund’s website to review the Call for Applications 2020.

Funding for Artist Travel to and from Africa

02-19-2020

For our colleagues in Africa, The Online Cultural Mobility Funding Guide for AFRICA (Third Edition) is now available free online. It provides artists and cultural workers with a directory of funders and funding opportunities for international travel to and from African countries. As the deadline to propose presentations for the Fifth International Teaching Artist Conference approaches, this resource could not come at a better time; perhaps these funding sources could pay for the trip to Seoul, South Korea to meet with teaching artists from around the world and see Korea’s big Sistema program, the Orchestra of Dreams.

Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra to Host Sixth Residency in Madrid, July 4-12

02-19-2020

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