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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.

Global Leaders Publish Insider • Insights


Our friends at the Global Leaders Program now publish Insider • Insights, a newsletter packed with new learning from their programs and their projects, as well as practical resources, innovative approaches, and cross-sector insights for arts decision-makers.

Carnegie Hall Opens its Doors to Young Musicians


Carnegie Hall is accepting applications to its national youth ensemble programs this summer at Purchase College, State University of New York. U.S.-based musicians ages 14–19 can apply to one of three ensembles: NYO-USA, NYO2, and NYO Jazz.

Wallace Grants Support Cross-Sector Partnerships that Serve Marginalized Youth


Time and time again, we see the advantages of cross-sector collaboration in tackling systemic issues. To that end, the Wallace Foundation, a philanthropic initiative fostering equity, learning, and enrichment opportunities for young people and communities through the arts, is inviting expressions of interest regarding projects that support young people in overcoming structural issues such as poverty and homelessness.

B-ME: Blending Melodies – Bridging Cultural Identities


This is a project unlike any we’ve seen! Sistema Cyprus, El Sistema Greece, and the Associação das Orquestras Sinfónicas Juveniles Sistema Portugal have come together with the support of the European Union to launch B-ME: Blending Melodies – Bridging Cultural Identities.

IFACCA Report: A Crisis of Sustainable Careers


The International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) has published an unprecedented report examining vulnerabilities within the teaching artistry profession.

MusicAIRE: Round Two


Did you miss the last round of applications for MusicAIRE in March? Good news: they have opened another application round for grants to support the European music sector in its pandemic recovery.

Microgrants for Artists (and How to Find Them)


The Awesome Foundation offers microgrants of $1,000 or less for “awesome ideas” that cross various disciplines worldwide.

Culture Rx Prescribes the Arts


Did you know that 80–90% of health outcomes are determined by health-related behaviors, socioeconomic factors, and environmental factors?

A Trove of New Choral Arrangements, Free to the Global Field


The Songs for Europe program, spearheaded by Gerald Wirth (Vienna Boys’ Choir) and funded by Creative Europe, drew to a close in September after two years of activities with partners Wirth Music Academy, Superar Slovakia, House of Good Tones Srebrenica, and El Sistema Greece.

The Song that Captured a Movement


If you’ve been following the recent protests in Iran connected to the death of Mahsa Amini, you may have seen the name of musician Shervin Hajipour.


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