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The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University is proud to collaborate with El Sistema USA to offer up to two 4-year full-cost-of-attendance scholarships to Peabody Conservatory for incoming students from El Sistema USA Member Organizations for Fall 2021. El Sistema USA Member organizations are eligible to recommend students to El Sistema USA, and recommended students will be sent to Peabody for consideration.  All students interested in Peabody Conservatory should submit an application to Peabody by its December 1st deadline. Students must be admitted to the Peabody Conservatory by way of audition and must submit all required supplementary materials.

The Global Leaders Program

The Global Leaders Program empowers a rising generation of change-makers in music to transform lives and communities through an innovative nine-month Executive Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship, Cultural Agency, Teaching Artistry, Civic Leadership, and Organizational Management. Led in partnership with nine top universities and think tanks, including El Sistema USA, and a network of institutional Fieldwork hosts spanning 30 countries, the Program is offered annually to a select Cohort of 35 of the most promising emerging talents from around the globe.

The Canales Project

The Canales Project gives voice to issues of identity and culture through music and conversation. Through partnerships with organizations and individual artists, TCP aims to enhance messages and concepts relevant to social and cultural change.

El Sistema USA is thrilled to partner with The Canales Project to provide El Sistema USA Member Organizations arrangements of “Hear Our Song”, the theme song of The Canales Project’s Hear Her Song initiative, composed by Katy Pfaffl arranged specifically for El Sistema-inspired programs by Joshua Cerdenia.

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The Ensemble

Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall are the masterminds behind this invaluable resource for the El Sistema community at large.  Please subscribe to The Ensemble Newsletter to keep apprised of what is happening all across the country and around the world, and to participate in their “Action of the Month” – a real-time, real-life initiative to inspire change.

Duke University

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. 

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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.

In 2019, attendees of the 2019 El Sistema USA National Symposium in Detroit also had the chance to attend SphinxConnect2019 for FREE.

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.

Sistema Global

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.

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Funda Musical de Venezuela

ESUSA supports the national youth and children’s orchestras of Venezuela, and founder Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu. Learn More


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.

Watch José Antonio Abreu’s TED Talk

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.

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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.

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