News and Resources

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

Sparkplug Foundation Grant for Musicians


Do you have a community-focused project idea that needs a funding boost to take off?

Symphonies for Schools Resources Highlight Deaf Awareness Month


September is Deaf Awareness Month, with International Week of Deaf People having begun on September 19.

Two New Scholarly Books about Our Field


Researcher and author Alix Sarrouy has just published two books relevant to anyone involved in the music for social change field.

Detroit Youth Choir Sings Out against Gun Violence


While many communities continue to reckon with the consequences of gun violence, the Detroit Youth Choir has released a powerful new music video honoring lives lost with a call to action.

‘Creating Healthy Communities’ Gathering


On October 10–11, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine is hosting the “Creating Healthy Communities 2022 Convening,” welcoming students, professionals, and organizations who are engaged in the arts, public health, and community development initiatives.

Kakuma Sound Cultural Festival Celebrates Refugee Communities


In Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp, one of the oldest and largest refugee camps in Africa, you will find over 30 distinct refugee communities among the camp’s nearly 200,000 inhabitants.

Afrocentric SEL Workshop


On October 8, the Black Teaching Artist Lab will offer an online workshop to introduce their Afrocentric Social Emotional Learning Framework, equipping arts educators to empower Black youth through their teaching practices.

Colombia Hosts World’s Largest Concert for Peace


In August, 16,000 artists came together in Bogotá, Colombia’s capital, to take part in the world’s largest concert ever.

Songs to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day


How often do your students learn songs by Indigenous Peoples?

One Beat Residency Now Accepting Applications


Musicians ages 19–35 from 50 eligible countries can apply online through September 2, 2022 for an eight-week residency in the U.S., to take place in the spring or fall of 2023.


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