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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.

OrchKids Opens Applications for Two-Year Teaching Fellowship Beginning Fall 2021


OrchKids is now accepting woodwind, brass, musicianship, and string applications for their next class of OrchKids Teaching Fellows, Fall 2021 – Spring 2023.

Arts Education Policy Review Publishes Special Issue on Community Arts Organizations


This special issue of the Arts Education Policy Review brings together perspectives from community-based arts organizations around the world to highlight and reflect upon the ways in which they and the youth they serve responded to the COVID-19 pandemic between March and September of 2020.

Apply for a Challenge America Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts


Might your organization be ready to apply for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts? Challenge Grants are for first-time applicants, and they support smaller organizations (that’s us) for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved.

Juilliard Builds Introductory “Music by Black Composers” List


During the summer of 2020, a group of 20+ studio faculty chairs and other contributors from The Juilliard School created a list of “Music by Black Composers: An Introductory Resource.”

Former Gymnast Forges a New Path Building Violins


Former gymnast Amanda Ewing left the corporate world after 16 years, taking her first steps toward a more fulfilling career and life.

The Impact of Colonialism on Diverse Musical Cultures: An Interview with Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo


In a recent interview with the organization Decolonizing the Music Classroom, Dr. Kofi Gbolonyo, a professor of Ethnomusicology and African studies at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), gives an interesting perspective on how the arts field should treat and interact with traditional music from different cultures.

Sistema-Inspired Program Featured in the Toronto Black Film Festival


For our Canadian readers, the Toronto Black Film Festival is featuring a documentary titled NEOJIBA: Music That Changes Lives, focusing on the social integration program NEOJIBA, which was originally inspired by José Antonio Abreu, in Salvador, Brazil.

New Research Demonstrates Positive Impact of Music Learning


New research from MIT and from the University of Zurich affirms the power of music learning for the brain.

WATCH: Video Showcases History of Venezuela’s El Sistema, Including Vintage Footage


On Day Two of the El Sistema USA Symposium & Seminario (happening this week—get tickets here!), a group of five leaders from El Sistema Venezuela joined the gathering to present a pre-recorded video that may be useful and informative for many programs.

Sessions Still Available for Fifth Annual SIMM-posium Conference


Online sessions are still running for the fifth annual SIMM-posium conference, which provides a platform for conversation and debate around the social impact of music-making.


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