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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.

An Orchestra of Healers


AdventHealth, one of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in the United States, has taken a unique approach to supporting its healthcare workers: an AdventHealth Orchestra for its employees.

Arts Recovery for Frontline Workers


The Australian Defence Force has created an arts program to support frontline workers, building confidence and resilience through music, visual arts, and creative writing.

Suggested Reading: ‘Strong Lightning’ by Jason Madison


We form strong bonds with the young people in our programs, sometimes in ways we don’t even realize. In light of that fact, we’re grateful for this personal essay by Jason Madison, a seventh-year member of Richmond, California’s RYSE Youth Center.

Sound Mind Initiative


For all our focus on building mental health awareness into our curricula, organizational templates vary. If you’re thinking big about your own program, the Department of Sound, a Sacramento-based organization that trains youth in music production and podcasting, has created their own approach: a five-year plan called the Sound Mind Initiative.

Body Percussion a Big Hit in Japan


Professor Toshiyuki Yamada of Japan’s Kyushu Otani Junior College, one of body percussion’s pioneers, will present his work at the University of Oxford in March.

Register for the El Sistema USA® National Symposium


Registration is now open for the 2023 El Sistema USA® National Symposium, taking place at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 9–11.

Lewis Prize Announces 2023 Awardees


The Lewis Prize for Music has just announced their 2023 awardees, allocating more than $2 million to Creative Youth Development organizations across the U.S. and its territories.

Culture Moves Europe


Are you working as an artist or cultural professional in Europe and need support to implement a project with another organization within Creative Europe?

Video Series Ignites Creativity for Teaching Artists


Professional development opportunities are essential for so many reasons, but one in particular often gets lost: they help keep creativity alive in our work.

New Research on Music and Resilience


The University of Tasmania’s Music and Resilience Project takes a sociological approach to studying resilience among young people, framing it as a model for ensemble work.


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