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