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El Sistema USA® is proud to announce that we will host the 2024 National Symposium in partnership with Butler University from June 13-15, 2024. Save the date, more information to come.

El Sistema USA’s 2024 National Symposium is a multi-day conference which will provide professional development, resource sharing, networking, and youth leadership opportunities for ESUSA members as well as individuals and partner organizations working in the field of music for social impact and creative youth development. The symposium is scheduled for Summer 2024, at Butler University. The conference will be hosted in partnership with local arts organizations to highlight community partnerships, collective impact, and youth voice. ESUSA will continue to prioritize youth leadership through the Youth Ambassador Program, where students and alumni will be paid to plan and execute content for both adults and students at the symposium. The event will be made possible in part by a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

“We are thrilled to gather the equity-based music education community for professional development as well as continue our Youth Ambassador Program at the 2024 National Symposium. This comes at an important time, as our member programs continue to grow and graduate more students each year. We have the opportunity to develop youth leadership and create pathways into the field and beyond for our students. We are grateful to the Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation at Butler University for their partnership and shared vision around diversifying the field, developing community leadership, and preparing the next generation of leaders for social impact through music,” said ESUSA Executive Director Elizabeth Moulthrop.

“We are honored to once again collaborate with El Sistema USA, a national leader in social action through music,” said Lauren Shelton,  Executive Director at the Indianapolis Center for Arts Education and Innovation. “Butler University and the Center firmly believe in the power of music to drive social change and inspire youth to become future leaders. Through this renewed collaboration with El Sistema USA, we reaffirm our dedication to shaping a future where the transformative influence of music is accessible to all, enabling leaders to create a more vibrant and equitable world.”

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