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PRESTO Presentation “El Sistema 101”

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“Join the PRESTO programs as they share valuable information about El Sistema from the field. From 2018-2021 El Sistema USA launched a 3-year, $1 million-dollar investment into 13 organizations in 11 states across the country to bring free music education to underserved youth.

The Program for Rising El Sistema Organizations (PRESTO) is a significant financial investment to support organizational growth and capacity development, and also provides professional development and mentorship resources investing in organizational leadership.

“Our goal is to support innovation and growth in the El Sistema movement across the United States. The PRESTO program is our way of providing that support through resources and training for young organizations exhibiting great potential,” says El Sistema USA’s Executive Director, Katie Wyatt. “It is thanks to the vision of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and their belief in our work that El Sistema USA is able to make this $1 million-dollar investment into El Sistema-inspired organizations that have shown early initiative and displayed exemplary work.”

From 2018-2021 PRESTO supported the development and sustainability of the El Sistema movement in the United States. In partnership with Duke University’s Center for Nonprofit Management, PRESTO grantees received a Certificate in high-level professional development training in management and leadership. They were each assigned a mentor from within the field of El Sistema USA, supporting their El Sistema-inspired learning.

“The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is pleased to support El Sistema USA’s PRESTO, with the confidence that it will help serve many students and communities through music education and exciting ensemble performances. We offer our congratulations and best wishes to the awardee organizations,” said Charles T. Angell, President of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.

All applicants were a part of a national competitive application and review process. The following 13 organizations are part of the PRESTO program and awarded funding: Accent Pontiac– Bloomfield Hills, MI, Buffalo String Works– Buffalo, NY, Trenton Music Makers– Trenton, NJ, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra– Charlotte, NC, ComMUSICation– St. Paul, MN, Empire State Youth Orchestra– Schenectady, NY, Harmony Project KC– Kansas City, MO, Harmony Project Tulsa– Tulsa, OK, Make Music NOLA– New Orleans, LA, Project Music– Stamford, CT, Riverside Arts Academy– Riverside, CA, Salty Cricket Composers Collective– Salt Lake City, UT, WHIN Music Community Charter School– New York, NY”


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