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A visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music. A new model for social change.

Home of the National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs.

38 years ago in a parking garage in Caracas, Dr. José Antonio Abreu gathered together 11 children to play music. El Sistema was born. It now teaches music to more than 500,000 of Venezuela’s most vulnerable children, demonstrating the power of ensemble music to dramatically change the life trajectory of hundreds of thousands of a nation’s youth while transforming the communities around them.

The National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs (NAESIP) provides advocacy and support for people and organizations inspired by Venezuela’s monumental music education program. Its diverse membership of more than 40 organizations across the United States represents programs that serve some of the most vulnerable communities and children throughout the country. The only national organization dedicated solely to growth of El Sistema inspired programs, NAESIP seeks to provide connections to knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for program directors, teaching artists, and volunteers. Founded in 2013, NAESIP will grow to provide comprehensive information on the El Sistema philosophy and methodology, and host a variety of resources that will aid those building, expanding and supporting El Sistema programs in the US and beyond.

  • “The orchestra and choir are much more than artistic studies. They are examples and schools of social life. To sing and to play together, means to intimately coexist”

  • “I studied music since I was four years old, and from that moment I became part of a family. And that family has taught me things; not only musical things, but things I have to face in life, and that is where the success of the system lies”

  • “Music is immensely important in the awakening of sensibility, in the forging of values and in the training of youngsters to teach others”

  • “If anybody asked me where is there something really important going on for the future of classical music I would simply have to say here, in Venezuela... I say I have seen the future of music in Venezuela and that is a resurrection”

  • “The truth is, I have never felt so moved. Not only because of the emotion of the moment... but I must say because of the quality of the El Sistema musicians”

  • “The huge spiritual world that music produces in itself, ends up overcoming material poverty. From the minute a child?s taught how to play an instrument, he?s no longer poor. He becomes a child in progress, heading for a professional level, who?ll later become a citizen”