ESUSA is thrilled to be partnering with Duke University’s Social Sciences Research Institute (SSRI) and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts. This partnership will provide a “home-base” for El Sistema USA at the university, and includes the collaborative research project: “Elements of Organizational Success in El Sistema Inspired Programs: a study of members and non-members of ESUSA, ” funded by the NEA. Duke will provide resources for members through access to professional development, and act as an incubation hub for El Sistema USA through faculty and student support, funding, and guidance in business development. Partners within the university include the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Social Sciences Research Institute, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Fuqua School of Business.
League of American Orchestras
Offering first- time League Annual Conference attendees significant discounts on registration for ESUSA members. ESUSA is a member of the Youth Orchestra national network of the League.
The Sphinx Organization
The Sphinx Organization is a Detroit-based national organization dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. Led by Afa S. Dworkin, its President and Artistic Director, Sphinx programs reach over 100,000 students, as well as live and broadcast audiences of over two million annually.
National Guild for Community Arts Education
Collaborating with ESUSA in the Creative Youth Development movement, ESUSA leadership serve on the steering committees of the ALANNA and White Allies networks.
We work collaboratively with Sistema Global to promote the movement of #MusicForSocialChange. Sistema Global’s mission is to connect, encourage, and inspire El Sistema teachers and leaders worldwide.
In February 2009, Dr. Abreu was honored with the TED Prize. This carried a $100,000 cash award along with the opportunity to make “One Wish to Change the World.” Abreu asked the influential business leaders and thinkers present at the awards presentation to support the training of 50 young leaders “passionate about their art and social change” who could launch and direct nucleos (community-based music centers) in the U.S. and abroad. And the El Sistema USA movement was born.
Sistema Fellows Program, New England Conservatory
With Dr. Abreu’s TED winnings, 50 Sistema Fellows received training at NEC, and many of them are now developing El Sistema–inspired programs throughout the United States and in other countries.
Take A Stand: The Longy School of Music of Bard College and the LA Phil
The powerful message of El Sistema, Venezuela’s revolutionary music education program, is spreading across the United States and igniting a movement that engages thousands of children and families in music making and community building. Recognizing the need to support the growth of this pioneering field, Bard College, Longy School of Music of Bard College, and the LA Philharmonic formed Take a Stand in 2011—an innovative national initiative that fosters social change through music.