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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.

Ensuring Equity and Anti-Racism in SEL

04-06-2021

Social-emotional Learning (SEL) has served as a foundational tenet of the El Sistema movement for over two decades, even before that acronym became widely known. Sometimes referred to as character strengths, soft skills, or life skills, SEL encapsulates a desire to instill children and youth with the non-academic emotional and social skills necessary for school and life success. El Sistema programs can enhance social-emotional learning through a number of means that have been described here, here, here, and here (and in the feature article of this issue here).

TAKE ACTION: Sign the 10/20/30 Pledge

04-06-2021

We urge readers to look at and sign the 10/20/30 Pledge for racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the performing arts. Recognizing the urgency of this moment, APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) invites organizations and individuals to join this field-wide commitment to repair systemic inequities within the arts.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Launches Partners in Music Learning Grant Initiative

04-06-2021

Thanks to an anonymous donor, YOLA and the LA Phil are launching a new regranting initiative for creative youth development and music programs across the U.S.

Apply for the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship for Black and Latinx Music Professionals

04-06-2021

A first-of-its-kind career development initiative for Black and Latinx music professionals, the Future of Music Faculty Fellowship will spotlight and prepare exceptional future faculty leaders, taking aim at the representation gap on music faculties nationwide.

The AARP Community Challenge Supports Creative Aging Projects

04-06-2021

Last month, we told you about Austin Soundwaves’ intergenerational mariachi ensemble Mariachi ParaTodos, launched partly due to a seed grant from the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Apply for a D’Addario Grant

04-06-2021

The D’Addario Foundation provides support for impactful instrument instruction programs in communities of need throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Digital Promise Publishes Inclusive Innovation Report

04-06-2021

In December 2020, Digital Promise (an organization supporting innovation in education) convened more than 900 teachers, district leaders, charter leaders, researchers, and Black, Brown, and Indigenous organization leaders to reimagine the recruitment and retention of teachers of color.

NYYS Chamber Music Program Highlights Historically Underrepresented Composers in New Video Series

04-06-2021

As part of a new repertoire series for the 2021-22 season, the New York Youth Symphony has produced an educational video series highlighting the history and works of composers from historically underrepresented communities.

New Toolkit Supports Nonprofit Management

04-06-2021

The Wallace Foundation has created the “StrongNonprofits Toolkit” to strengthen nonprofit management.

Adapting Culminating Events to Covid Times

04-06-2021

Young people consistently rank culminating events—performances, exhibitions, youth summits, screenings of their films—as powerful motivators in their involvement in creative youth development (CYD) programs.

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