Saturday, 6 July 2013

ISME Sistema SIG News Update #11

ISME World Conference: Porto Alegre, Brazil. July 20 to 25 2014. Information on the SIG can be found here: and further information about the conference is here:

Do please also let me know if you are applying to take a Performing Group, put in a Paper or a Poster related to Sistema.

Sistema Global Here is a discussion and a short video explaining how to use the  search facility to access discussions and information on Sistema Global – both live discussions and archive material. Many thanks to Glenn for posting this.  2013-05-07_1432 - GCThomas's library It is just 2 minutes of your time well worth spent! If you have trouble accessing this, please email Glenn to become a member of the Sistema Global community. Glenn Thomas

In Harmony Liverpool is a key partner in this research network. The Orchestra, the Community and Cultural Value conference is the final event linked to the In Harmony Liverpool Research Network. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the network has brought together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to consider and discuss the value and impact of the In Harmony Liverpool programme.  Please find details and book your place at

USA New Orleans: New Orleans Hosts One of 40 El Sistema Projects in the U.S. ... (I think there are well over 50 US projects now, but you may enjoy reading this article, which, for me, also provides food for thought regarding the numbers we aim to reach and the issue of waiting lists). Dedication, commitment, passion, hard work, consistency — and let's not forget love, fun, family, and community. These are values that define the daily work and program structure of the Youth Orchestra of the Lower 9th Ward (YOL9W) in New Orleans.


Haiti: The Haitian government champions classical music for the young. Haiti's government has launched a new project to provide music education for all ages and to encourage the formation of youth orchestras across the country. Inspiration for the initiative comes from the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, the hugely successful product of Venezuela's El Sistema programme.


With thanks to Eric Booth and Tricia Tunstall, the following resources were included in their July Issue of The Ensemble:

New video material for advocacy uses:

A new 14-minute news segment on CC TV 's "Americas Now " reports the success of the Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) program, featuring founder Lorrie Heagy. It is a strong advocacy piece that may be useful for many programs.

Some may not be aware of the documentary film in progress, produced by Jamie Bernstein, telling the story of El Sistema's emergence in the U.S., focusing on the growth of Play On, Philly. A three-minute trailer for the film-in-progress is available at:


The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) has just published a new research bulletin, Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Arts Education. It gives a useful snapshot of how the ar ts support achievement in school, bolster 21st centur y workforce skills, and enrich the lives of young people and communities. Available for free download at:  Also, the AEP has updated and expanded their research database, ArtsEdSearch, the most comprehensive and usefully-organized in our field. Make sure you know about it: 

Animating Democracy, an initiative of Americans for the Arts, offers three resources for those involved in the arts and social change: 1) The Evaluation in Action webinar series; 2) a series of case studies entitled Funder Portraits; and 3) Special Collections, which are topic-specific mini-libraries. The webinar series hones in on common challenges that artists, arts organizations, and their community partners face when evaluating programs and initiatives. The latest addition to the Funder Portrait series explores how the Orton Family Foundation integrates artists and the arts into community planning work in small communities. For more information, visit the website   or contact Animating Democracy Program Coordinator Joanna Chin at 

The Online Database for Education Funding GetEdFunding is a free grant finding resource, offering a collection of more than one thousand grants and opportunities culled from federal, state, regional and community sources. It is available to public and private schools, school districts, and nonprofit organizations that work with them.


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