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.

Birdsongs Top the Charts (and Protect Biodiversity)


Last December, an album of endangered birdsongs, Songs of Disappearance, lasted several weeks among the top 50 albums in Australia—besting Taylor Swift, to name one of its contemporaries.

New Orleans Students Lead Second Line to Honor Uvalde Victims


Music’s healing potential was on display in New Orleans last month, as students, teachers, and community members came together to honor the lives lost in the Uvalde school shooting.

Global Make Music Day – June 21


June 21, 2022 marks the 40th anniversary of the Fête de la Musique, a worldwide celebration of music as it should be—free and open to all.

Apply for the Making Tracks Fellowship


Young musicians looking for a way to deepen their social engagement can benefit from the Making Tracks Fellowship, an annual program for emerging music professionals to create new collaborative works, develop youth-focused strategies for community engagement, and receive mentoring from industry experts.

Partners in Music Learning Offering Capacity-Building Grants


Music organizations everywhere are working to provide critical services to young people in these turbulent times. For U.S. organizations that are dedicated to that goal but lack the capacity to keep serving young people, Partners in Music Learning can help.

Forbes Under 30 Summit Comes to Africa


In April, the Forbes Under 30 Summit took place in Africa for the first time, bringing together young entrepreneurs and social changemakers across the world.

Funding for Instruments


Musicians and music organizations struggling with the cost of high-quality stringed instruments should check out two funding organizations working to make music-learning more accessible.

Black Orchestral Network Launches


Last month saw the launch of the Black Orchestral Network (BON), a collective dedicated to creating an inclusive and equitable orchestral field for Black musicians across the U.S.

Kickstarter Addresses Social Inequities in Crowdfunding


The Creative Capital x Skoll Foundation Fund will invest in projects by U.S.-based Asian, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx artists on Kickstarter, the largest crowdfunding platform for cultural projects.

Drake Music Scotland Transforms Music Notation Teaching


The nonprofit organization Drake Music Scotland is proving that technology can be more than a replacement for in-person experience.


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