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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.

ANIM Champions Women’s Rights on International Women’s Day


Last Wednesday, on International Women’s Day, the students and faculty of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music spoke truth to power from their new home in Portugal, sharing a short film that features a choral and orchestral performance of “A Woman’s Battle Cry (Shoulder to Shoulder).”

JM International Invites Creative Pitches for enCORE Accelerando


Today’s music students are changing the face of classical music. JM International’s enCORE Accelerando program is looking to precipitate that change, providing a platform for youth from around the world to reinvent ways of practicing and presenting classical music during a five-day event in Budapest, Hungary on June 3–7, 2023.

Applications Open for the Global Student Prize


Attention community leaders, music educators, and band and choir directors: here is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the young people who go above and beyond in your programs.

NAAS Audition Intensives Are Back


Auditions play a role in the mental fatigue and anxiety our students feel, especially these days. With that in mind, Sphinx is offering a great opportunity for young Black and Latinx orchestral musicians to connect with peers and prepare themselves for a career in music through their National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS) Audition Intensives.

Young Composers Invited to Apply for Leonardo 4 Music Awards


Calling all young composers! The Leonardo 4 Children Awards, envisioned as a Nobel Prize for children, is calling on young people across Europe to create original music in response to the urgent issues of climate change, gender inequality, and violent conflict.

Exhibit Honors Ukrainian Artists on First Anniversary of War


With February 24 marking one year of the ongoing war in Ukraine, artists worldwide have renewed their efforts to pay tribute to the resolve and creativity of the Ukrainian people.

Black Teaching Artist Lab Publishes Afrocentric SEL Framework


Last time we checked in with Black Teaching Artist Lab’s Melissa Parke, she was preparing to launch her Afrocentric Social Emotional Learning through the Arts framework. We’re happy to report that it’s now available online, replete with five Afrocentric SEL Competency Areas, interactive curricular examples and tips, ten journal reflections, and over 50 resources across the arts.

EUYO to Host the Youth Orchestra Models Symposium


The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) invites youth orchestras from all participating Creative Europe countries to a daylong exploration of the different challenges and opportunities associated with making successful youth orchestra projects.

New Report on Musicians’ Health and Wellbeing


The European Commission just published a report as part of their “Music Moves Europe” initiative, surveying best practices across the E.U. in maintaining musician health and wellbeing.

‘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.


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