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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.

A New Kind of Research Zine


How often do you come across published research that shares findings through multiple art forms? Project YouSound, a research initiative that explores how music can support the social inclusion of refugee and migrant youth in Europe, has published the first of a series of zines that examine different programs’ approaches.

New Brunswick Government Supports El Sistema NB’s ‘10,000 Children’ Vision


Thanks to an $8.2 million contribution from the provincial government, El Sistema New Brunswick is closer to its goal of serving 10,000 children across their many programs.

Reminder: Side by Side Applications Still Open


Did you miss the first application window for El Sistema Sweden’s Side by Side camp? Don’t fret—you still have a chance to submit your application for the second round by February 8, 2023.

Austin Soundwaves Alum Founds USC Mariachi Band


Austin Soundwaves alumna Daniela Santiago, a guitar studies major at the University of Southern California, began playing in the Austin ensemble’s mariachi group, where she discovered her passion for the music. She is now one of the cofounders of USC’s newest mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Los Troyanos de USC.

The Composer Project Breaks Down Barriers


The representation of women and BIPOC composers in classroom music is falling far behind the number of students in school bands and orchestras with these same backgrounds. United Sound, a nonprofit committed to social change through music, is tackling the issue’s root causes with their new initiative, The Composer Project.

Hearing Music through Touch


A prototype device created by researchers in the University of Malaga’s Department of Electronics will allow people with hearing loss to enjoy music as they never have before.


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