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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.

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.

The Ensemble is Hiring a Content Editor—Come Work with Us!


We’re hiring a Content Editor! If you’re knowledgeable about the music for social change field, passionate about its growth and impact, and eager to join a collaborative editorial team working to help build a better world for the next generation—we want to hear from you.

“Gratitude Grants” Available to Arts Education Programs in Certain Countries


The MONAT Gratitude Grants Program supports education programs in the areas of the arts, music, entrepreneurship, and athletics in communities around the world where MONAT does business, which include the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., Ireland, Spain, Poland, and Lithuania.

Pollination Project Offering Daily Seed Grants


The Pollination Project supports initiatives that support social change agents who seek to spread compassion in their communities and in the world for the benefit of all.


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