El Sistema is a system of youth ensembles that use music as a vehicle to transform the lives of youth and their communities. Originally created and implemented in Venezuela by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu, the values of El Sistema are being adapted and introduced in over 60 different countries worldwide. To read more about the philosophy and principles of El Sistema programs, click here.
In 2009, Dr. Abreu was awarded the TED Prize, where he proposed a special training program for 50 gifted young musicians, passionate about art and social justice, to help bring El Sistema to the United States. The result was the Sistema Fellows Program, which commenced in 2009 at the New England Conservatory. Currently, there are over 200 music programs inspired by El Sistema that are open to underserved youth in the United States.