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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.

‘Social Prescribing’ Goes Global


Imagine a world where health insurance providers cover the fee to participate in community choirs and ensembles—where participants can improve their social and physical health with no side effects. That’s the idea behind “social prescribing,” wherein healthcare professionals refer patients to social services, including arts programs, that promote health and wellbeing.

Music for Active Citizenship Training Package


Whether you are a musician, a music teacher, or just interested in music as a tool for social inclusion, this training package, created as part of the Music for Active Citizenship: A Young Music Mentors Program (MAC), is for you.

A Recommended Dose of Music


The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), with the support of music streaming service Deezer, has published research-informed guidelines on a daily “dose” of music to achieve various mood states.

National Seminario Ravinia: Orchestras for All


Major news for the North American field: a new national gathering for both students and teachers will launch this summer, welcoming over 100 young musicians from El Sistema-inspired programs across the continent.

Op-Ed: ‘Young People Need Music Education More than Ever Before’


This recent op-ed at The Hechinger Report, by Henry Donahue (Executive Director, Save The Music Foundation) and Dalouge Smith (CEO, The Lewis Prize for Music), feels like the call to action we’ve been waiting for as schools recalibrate post-lockdown.

Last Call for Side by Side Applications


It’s not too late to apply for this year’s Side by Side camp in Sweden (June 17–21, 2023).

PlayUSA Opens 2023-2024 Grant Cycle


PlayUSA, an annual grants program administered by Carnegie Hall, has just launched their latest application cycle for 2023-2024.

New Study Boosts Evidence Base for Music’s Impact on Student Wellbeing


Recent research out of the University of Southern California (USC) further supports what we know to be true: music education has a profound impact on student wellbeing.

Grammy Awards Recognize Music’s Social Impact


This year’s Grammy Awards surprised us by creating a new category: Best Song for Social Change.

Music’s Role in Covid Recovery


Recent research is highlighting music’s capacity to support those who are suffering the effects of Covid.


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