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We are proud to announce that El Sistema’s video titled El Sistema USA® – Equity & Excellence in Music Education has been selected as a Telly Winner in the 44th Annual Telly Awards in the Social Video – Social Impact category.

“Thank you to Jahi and Guadalupe for sharing your musical and personal journies with us to demonstrate the impact of El Sistema programs. Thank you also to the featured El Sistema USA board members for speaking to the power of our national movement, serving 140 programs, over 6,000 teachers, and 25,000 students. Every story needs a creative director and interpreter, and we could not have told our story without the vision of Director Genevieve Castelino Merchant and Chakra Media Company.” – Elizabeth Moulthrop, El Sistema USA Executive Director

This year the Telly Awards honored the innovative, inclusive, and disruptive work that Breaks Through The Static of overwhelming content delivery and consumption. The awards are judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and including Adobe, BBC World Service, Netflix, Dow Jones, Complex Networks, Jennifer Garner, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, Nickelodeon, National Geographic Society, ESPN Films, RYOT, Partizan and Vimeo. This year the Telly Awards received over 13,000 entries from the US, Middle East, UK, Canada, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Sweden, New Zealand, Jamaica, and South Africa.

“The caliber of the work this season coming from creators such as El Sistema USA/Chakra Media Group truly has reflected the theme of breaking out and standing out,” said Tellys Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues, and companies big and small are turning to more sustainable practices to break the cycle of past production processes.”

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