February Basket 2023

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

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.

Using the F-Word in Evaluation


“Failure” is a scary word in our work. It can be harmful to the young people we serve and damaging to our funding opportunities. But “failure” isn’t an evil term, or even an unhelpful one. Susanne Burns speaks candidly about this in her article in Arts Professional, “Why We Need to Use the F-Word in Evaluation.”

Equity and Access in the Arts


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is taking steps toward realizing its 2022 Equity Action Plan to increase arts participation and engagement in historically underserved U.S. communities.

New Orleans Festival Is Activism in Motion


The Birdfoot Chamber Festival in New Orleans has an 11-year tradition of “youthful, rule-bending style,” often interactive, in unusual venues in New Orleans.


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