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El Sistema is a publicly financed voluntary sector music education program in Venezuela, founded in 1975 by Venezuelan educator, musician and activist José Antonio Abreu[1] which later adopted the motto "Music for Social Change". El Sistema-inspired programs provide "free classical music education that promotes human opportunity and development for impoverished children," as quoted from the International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.[2] By 2015, according to official figures, El Sistema consisted of over 400 music centers and 700,000 young musicians. The original program in Venezuela provides 4 hours of musical training and rehearsal per week day after school, as well as work on the weekends.[1] Most El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States provide 7 or more hours of instruction each week, as well as an instrument.


1 Origin and history

1.1 Abreu's vision 1.2 Play and fight 1.3 Success stories 1.4 Venezuelan government involvement 1.5 Spread of regional centres in Venezuela 1.6 Controversy 1.7 Simon Bolivar Orchestra

2 In other countries

2.1 USA 2.2 Canada 2.3 United Kingdom 2.4 Portugal

3 International recognition of El Sistema 4 In the media 5 References 6 External links

Origin and history[edit] It all began with 11 students in an underground parking garage under the leadership of José Antonio Abreu.[1] For many years its official name was Fundación del Estado para el Sistema Nacional de las Orquestas Juveniles e Infantiles de Venezuela, (FESNOJIV), which is sometimes translated into English as "National Network of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela". It has recently changed to Fundación Musical Simón Bolívar (FMSB) but it is still widely known by the FESNOJIV acronym.[3] Abreu's vision[edit] Abreu said that "Music has to be recognized as an agent of social development, in the highest sense because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community, and to express sublime feelings."[4] Abreu has navigated the program for nearly four decades, through ten different administrations, flourishing "with the backing and material support of seven consecutive Venezuelan governments, ranging across the political spectrum from center-right to the current leftist presidency of Hugo Chávez"..(although).."he is careful to keep the Sistema separate from partisan politics".[5] Combining political shrewdness with religious devotion, Abreu has dedicated himself to a Utopian dream in which an orchestra represents the ideal society, and the sooner a child is nurtured in that environment, the better for all.[6] Play and fight[edit] This was the title of the El Nacional news about the National Youth Orchestra appeared on February 2, 1976. Converted and assumed as the motto of the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela, "Play and Fight", reflects the determination and the commitment that has always characterized its members and that have made El Sistema the most important orchestral and social project in music history. Success stories[edit] Gustavo Dudamel, current musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, had his musical beginnings in El Sistema. According to Dudamel, "music saved my life and has saved the lives of thousands of at risk children in Venezuela...like food, like health care, like education, music has to be a right for every citizen."[7] Edward Pulgar is the Principal Second Violin of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra; Giovanni Guzzo
Giovanni Guzzo
teaches violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and is principal guest leader of the Budapest Festival Orchestra; Jaime Martínez (es) is principal oboe of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, double-bass player Edicson Ruiz
Edicson Ruiz
became the youngest musician ever to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Pedro Eustache
Pedro Eustache
is a multidirectional soloist flautist, reed player, world woodwind player; Alcides Rodriguez, clarinetist of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, has said that "the System was an open door to another dimension, a different world that I probably could have never seen."[8] On 4 September 2016 Paul Desenne's work Hipnosis mariposa was premiered at The BBC Proms[9][10] by Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Venezuelan government involvement[edit] The program is known for rescuing young people in extremely impoverished circumstances from the environment of drug abuse and crime into which they would likely otherwise be drawn. The Venezuelan government began fully financing Abreu's orchestra after it succeeded at "International Festival of Youth Orchestras" in 1976 in Aberdeen, Scotland. From the beginning, El Sistema fell under the dominion of social-services ministries, not the ministry of culture, which has strategically helped it to survive. The current Chavez administration has been the most generous patron of El Sistema so far, footing almost its entire annual operating budget as well as additional capital projects.[6] Abreu received the National Music Prize for his work in 1979 and he became Minister of Culture in 1983.[11] Abreu was appointed as Special
Ambassador for the development of a Global Network of Youth and Children orchestras and choirs by UNESCO
in 1995, also as special representative for the development of network of orchestras within the framework of UNESCO's "World Movement of Youth and Children Orchestras and Choirs". At the time, its network of 102 youth and 55 children's orchestras (numbering approximately 100,000 youngsters) came under the supervision of the Ministry of Family, Health and Sports. As "El Sistema", its goal is to use music for the protection of childhood through training, rehabilitation and prevention of criminal behaviour.[12][13] In September 2007, with Abreu present on the television program, President Hugo Chávez
Hugo Chávez
announced a new government program, Misión Música, designed to provide tuition and music instruments to Venezuelan children.[14] It has been noted that "various ministries oversaw El Sistema until two years ago, when the president's office took direct control. El Sistema's mission runs parallel to Mr. Chávez's program to provide subsidies and services to the poor."[15] However, there has been objections to Chavez's involvement from those who oppose the policies of the present government. Spread of regional centres in Venezuela[edit] On 6 June 2007, the Inter-American Development Bank
Inter-American Development Bank
announced the granting of a US$150 million loan for the construction of seven regional centers of El Sistema throughout Venezuela. Many bankers within the IDB originally objected to the loan on the grounds that classical music is for the elite. In fact, the bank has conducted studies on the more than two million young people who have been educated in El Sistema which link participation in the program to improvements in school attendance and declines in juvenile delinquency. Weighing such benefits as a falloff in school drop-out rates and a decline in crime, the bank calculated that every dollar invested in El Sistema was reaping about $1.68 in social dividends.[6] Supported by the government, El Sistema has started to introduce its music program into the public-school curriculum, aiming to be in every school and to support 500,000 children by 2015.[16] The project has been extended to the penal system. On 25 May 2008, Leidys Asuaje wrote for Venezuelan daily El Nacional: "The plan to humanize jails through music began eleven months ago under the tutelage of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice and FESNOJIV...."[17] Controversy[edit] In November 2014, British music scholar Geoffrey Baker published a newspaper article[18] and a book[19] that disputed many of the claims made by and about El Sistema and suggested that much of the publicly circulating information about the program was hyperbolic or simply false. The book's allegations included a culture of authoritarianism, hyper-discipline, exploitation, competition, and gender discrimination. It argued that the program was deeply conservative beneath its progressive exterior and that its claims of social transformation were unproven and exaggerated. For example, Baker's work alleges that the IADB's claim that El Sistema was reaping about $1.68 in social dividends for each $1 invested was based on dubious calculations and had been withdrawn by the bank itself. Considerable controversy ensued, with furious denunciations by Sistema advocates and enthusiastic responses from music education experts. In his review of Baker's book, Damian Thompson, arts editor for The Spectator highlighted Baker's contention that the rampant sexual abuse of young musicians in El Sistema is part of "classical music's dirty little secret."[20] Simon Bolivar Orchestra[edit] Main article: Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar

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Simon Bolivar Children Orchestra in Maracaibo, Zulia State

An important product of El Sistema is the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. In the mid-1990s, Abreu formed the National Children's Youth Orchestra, and many young musicians graduated from it to the Simón Bolívar which grew considerably in size. However, this "became an opportunity to re-create the ensemble as two separate performing entities. The first generation of members was designated the Simón Bolívar A; the younger, newer members, who had recently been brought in from the new National Children's Orchestra, now constituted the Simón Bolívar B"[21] The Simón Bolívar B is now the touring orchestra and, 2007, it made its debut at the BBC Proms
BBC Proms
in London's Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
and later at Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall
under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, receiving enthusiastic reviews.[22][23] 2009 saw the orchestra touring in the US, but also in Europe as well. However, in Spring 2010, with a tour to the Lucerne Easter Festival, comments from reviewers such as Tom Service of London's The Guardian that "the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra is youthful no longer"[24] struck home, and Abreu "decided that the time is once again ripe for new, younger national orchestras"[21] and so he set about creating new ensembles. The Teresa Carreño
Teresa Carreño
Symphony Youth Orchestra, named after the famous Venezuelan pianist, started international touring in the autumn of 2010 with appearances at the Beethoven Fest in Bonn and then went on to Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Madrid, and London.[25] Other new youth orchestras include the Caracas
Symphony Youth Orchestra and a newly constituted National Children's Orchestra consisting of 358 musicians.[26] In other countries[edit]

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USA[edit] El Sistema USA is a membership organization which supports and encourages more than 80 El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the United States, a number which is growing rapidly. Its philosophy is expressed on its website:

A visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music. A new model for social change.[27]

Abreu appeared in a public symposium on El Sistema on 7 November 2007 in Boston, Massachusetts, where he gave the keynote speech of the public symposium on El Sistema on the WGBH Forum Network. A significant panel of speakers was present.[28] At the November 2007 symposium Abreu expressed his delight at the prospect of joining with the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston and other musical institutions in the United States to create a Pan-American movement. "The New World", he said, "is nothing less than all three Americas. And so what we are in the process of creating is really an expression of a new, transcontinental social and musical culture."[29] The Conservatory Lab school is associated with the New England Conservatory of Music,[30] and was the first El Sistema-infused charter school in Massachusetts.[citation needed] It has been estimated that in early 2009 there were five or six El Sistema-based programs in the US, but "by mid-2011, there were at least 50 such programs – and list is increasing by the week..."[31][32] In addition, many of the original Abreu Fellows who came together at the New England Conservatory as a result of Abreu's TED Prize, have gone into their local communities to start new programs or to expand upon or within existing ones. These cover a wide geographical area ranging from Kidznotes in North Carolina, JAMM (Juneau Alaska Music Matters) in that state, and ICAN (Incredible Children's Art Network) in Santa Barbara, California. In 2011, Longy School of Music of Bard College, Bard College, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic formed Take a Stand to promote and support the El Sistema-inspired music education movement in the United States.[33] Based in Los Angeles, it also offers a graduate-level degree program based on the tenets of El Sistema, including Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree. First Notes in Vail Valley, Colorado; CityMusic in Cleveland, Ohio; Club O in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Kid Ovation program in Des Moines, Iowa; and Orchestrating Diversity in Saint Louis, Missouri are also inspired by El Sistema.[34] Other El Sistema-inspired programs in the US include:

Atlanta Music Project (Atlanta, Georgia) is sponsored by major companies and foundations of the city. It is managed by two Sistema Fellows, graduates of the 2010 and 2012 Program at the New England Conservatory of Music. The Atlanta Music Project offers both an orchestral and a choral music program.[35] B Sharp Youth Music Program (Fort Worth, Texas) is a free extended-day music program founded in 2010 at Como Elementary, funded by The Goff Family Foundation in partnership with the Fort Worth Independent School District. As the Fort Worth ISD’s only elementary orchestra and the only El Sistema-inspired music program in North Texas, B Sharp fosters positive youth development through ensemble-based music instruction, peer-to-peer teaching, emphasis on group music-making, life skills training and the social aspect of learning music. BRAVO Youth Orchestras (Portland, Oregon) began in 2013. BRAVO is an independent non-profit organization. While it is independent it relies on partnerships to be able to provide vocal and instrumental classes. It partners with Portland Public Schools to provide in-school music classes; then partners with SUN and Boys & Girls Club for its after-school programs. Chicago Metamorphosis Orchestra Project (ChiMOP) (Chicago, Illinois)[36] was founded in May 2013 by Thomas Madeja and Sylvia Carlson. Its first program, the ChiMOP Summer Youth Orchestra, is an advanced youth orchestra that is designed to bridge the gap between academic year programs. ChiMOP's second program, Mary Lyon Music, is an El Sistema inspired program that takes place at Mary Lyon Elementary School[37] in Chicago's Belmont Cragin neighborhood and was launched in September 2013. El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) (Allentown, Pennsylvania)[38] was founded in 2011 as a free music education program through the Allentown Symphony Association. Since starting with less than 70 students on paper instruments, the program has expanded to provide orchestral and choir instruction to more than 100 students from the elementary to high school level. Harmony Program (New York City) was one of the first El Sistema-inspired programs in the US.[citation needed] It began as a pilot program in the New York City
New York City
Mayor's Office in 2003. After being incorporated as an independent non-profit, the Harmony Program was re-launched under its current model in 2008 through a partnership with the City University of New York. The program was founded by Anne Fitzgibbon, who studied El Sistema in Venezuela
on a year-long Fulbright Fellowship.[39][40][41] Kids 4 Harmony (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) was launched in 2012 by Berkshire Children and Families, a social services organization and is based at the Morningside School in Pittsfield. The Berkshire Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Conservatory have supported the program with periodic tutoring and public fundraising performances. Kidznotes (North Carolina) was launched in 2007 by co-founders Katie Wyatt and Lucia Powe. They serve over 400 students in the Raleigh-Durham area but are expanding. They offer orchestra, band, and choir programs for children grades K-12.[42] Miami Music Project (Miami, Florida)[43] was founded in 2008 by James Judd with chapters in Doral, Little Haiti, and Liberty City. MYCincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) [44] is a free youth orchestra program. It was founded in October 2011 by a graduate of the second class of Sistema Fellows at New England Conservatory. The program has a full string orchestra of over 70 students who meet for two hours a day, five days a week. In addition, the program added winds in 2017. OrchKids (Baltimore, Maryland) is an after-school program at the Luckerman Bundy Elementary School which brings "intensive music education to very young children" one of its distinctive features [45] According to Nick Skinner, Director of Operations for OrchKids, it concentrates on both the musical and the social: "(the children) learn that being an OrchKid means behaving in a certain way".[46] The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is involved in the program and its conductor, Marin Alsop, conducts concerts with the young group. Paterson Music Project (Paterson, New Jersey) is an El Sistema-inspired after-school program initiated by the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. PMP began at the Community Charter School of Paterson in January 2013 and has expanded to two Paterson public schools. In 2016, PMP launched a Saturday Community Arts Program to serve the broader Paterson community with a community orchestra and intergenerational choir.[47] People's Music School Youth Orchestras (Chicago, Illinois)[48] (formerly known as the YOURS Project) was founded in 2008 as the first El Sistema-inspired program in Chicago.[citation needed] Using donated instruments and makeshift accessories, the Youth Orchestra began with 35 students and grew to serve over 135 students annually by 2014. The first in its network of youth orchestras is located at the William G. Hibbard Elementary School in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood. Play on Philly! (POP) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)[49] started in 2011 with 110 underserved children (grades 1 to 8) in St. Francis de Sales, a West Philadelphia
school. Another site at the Freire Charter Middle School, established in September 2010, brought the total number of students to close to 250. In addition to group instrumental lessons children study composition, general music, choir, chamber and ensemble music. POP employs 31 teaching artists. A major part of the program is a series of 30 concerts in the community throughout the year as well as visits from guest artists and conductors.[citation needed] Q the Music (Dayton, Ohio)[50][51] was founded in September 2012 through the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. The program serves around 70 students in Grades 2 through 6 at Ruskin Elementary, a Dayton Public School. Shift: Englewood Youth Orchestra (Chicago, Illinois)[52] was founded in July 2014 by Larry Gerber, Ayriole Frost and Albert Oppenheimer. It serves children grades 3 through 8 in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, and takes place at Wentworth Elementary School.[53] Soundscapes (Newport News, Virginia) was founded in 2009 and opened its first nucleo at Carver Elementary. In 2012 the program opened its second nucleo at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center.[54] UpBeat NYC (Bronx, New York) was established in 2009.[55] It is a free community music program in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. Its activities include an orchestra program for ages 8 and up providing lessons, sectionals, and ensemble rehearsals, a beginner violin orchestra that transitions children from paper orchestra to real instruments and prepares students for the orchestra program, and a pre-orchestra program for ages 5–7 that implements Kodály methodology and a paper orchestra curriculum. The majority of UpBeat's staff are volunteer musicians. Union City Music Project (UCMP) (Union City, New Jersey) is the first El Sistema program in the New Jersey.[citation needed] The UCMP launched operations in March 2012 through a Paper Orchestra. It has support from volunteer parents but all teaching artists are paid.[56] WHIN Music Project (Washington Heights-Inwood, New York)[57] was founded by El Sistema Fellow David Gracia in August 2012. WHIN offers string orchestra and choir, early childhood music classes, as well as satellite programs in schools and daycare centers. Students receive masterclasses as well as opportunities to peer mentor. Yakima Music en Acción (YAMA) (Yakima, Washington)[58] was founded by Sistema Fellow Stephanie Hsu in 2013 and currently serves 68 at-promise children at Garfield Elementary School in the Yakima Valley, ages 8 to 14. YAMA functions as an active community partnership between the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Yakima School District, and a robust group of involved parents. YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles) (Los Angeles, California) is a partnership between the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Harmony Project, EXPO Center, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). The orchestra receives artistic direction from the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic
via conductor Juan Felipe Molano and LA Phil Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, who has led the orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall
and the Hollywood Bowl.[citation needed] In the Super Bowl 50 halftime show
Super Bowl 50 halftime show
the YOLA directed by Dudamel joined the members of Coldplay
to perform "Viva la Vida", "Paradise", and "Adventure of a Lifetime". YOSA (Youth Orchestra of San Antonio) (San Antonio, Texas) is located in the "Good Sam" Community Services Center in West San Antonio and run by an expatriate Briton, Steven Payne. YOSA has five orchestras and 450 students. It also has the financial support of a local businessman, Al Silva, a man of Mexican heritage who grew up the area.[59] Young Musician Initiative (YMI) (Albuquerque, New Mexico) is a youth outreach arm of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and is run by NM Phil Education Manager Alexis Corbin. Begun in January 2013, YMI offers instrumental and choral education to K-7th grade students in select Title 1 schools in Albuquerque.[60]

Canada[edit] El Sistema-based programs exist in almost every province of Canada, with over 20 programs in existence and more being started each year.[61] Saint James Music Academy[62] (Vancouver, British Columbia) Canada's first El-sistema program, was established in September 2007 .[63] It serves 480 students from Downtown Eastside
Downtown Eastside
inner-city schools through its outreach (280 students) and after school program (200 students). The program is an official community partner of the Vancouver
Symphony Orchestra. OrKidstra][64] (Ottawa, Ontario) was established in October 2007. It serves 400 students from Centretown
inner-city schools through in-school programming (150 students) and after school programming (250 students). The program is made possible through its many partnerships with local community supporters like: OCDSB,[65] and the National Arts Centre. YONA-Sistema (Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta – Sistema) (Edmonton, Alberta) was established in September 2013.[66] It serves students at Delton School and Mother Teresa Elementary School in Edmonton, Alberta and is offered through a partnership between the Edmonton
Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton
Catholic School District, the Edmonton
Public School Board, and the Inner City Children's Program. El Sistema Aeolian (London, Ontario) was established in November 2011 and grew out of The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, in London, Ontario.[67] It serves approximately 75 students attracted from the greater London area. Currently, the program runs 4 days per week and includes youth string orchestra, choir, an adult orchestra, a full meal/snack, Indonesian gamelan, free donated pianos/lessons and gives between 15 and 20 performances per year. Sistema Toronto[68] was founded in 2011 by businessman and community activist Robert Eisenberg. Sistema Toronto's first centre opened at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School; the second opened in 2013 at Jane/Finch’s Yorkwoods Public School. Sistema Toronto has since opened two centres at Military Trail Public School and St. Martin de Porres Catholic School in Scarborough's Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park neighbourhood. As of 2017, enrollment is 240 children aged 6–13. United Kingdom[edit] In Harmony is a British government-led music education and community development project which is based on El Sistema[69][70] It was begun in 2009 with Julian Lloyd Webber
Julian Lloyd Webber
appointed chairman of its steering group. The project receives funding from the Department for Education and Arts Council England. On 22 November 2007, Julian Lloyd Webber noted the following in regard to the UK government's announcement of an infusion of £332 million dedicated to music education:

We also have an impoverished South American nation to thank.[71] Last August, in the midst of school holidays, when an uncomfortable number of British children seemed even more disaffected than usual, the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra arrived from Venezuela
to deliver performances at the Edinburgh Festival
Edinburgh Festival
and the London Proms
London Proms
that were, quite simply, miraculous"[72]

Lloyd Webber visited Venezuela
in late 2009 and reported on what he saw there.[73] the project has centers in Lambeth (led by Lambeth Council's Children and Young People's Service), Leeds, (led by Opera North), Liverpool (led by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), Newcastle Gateshead, (led by The Sage Gateshead), Nottingham, (led by Nottingham City Council), and Telford and Stoke-on-Trent (led by Telford and Wrekin Music)[74][75] The Nucleo Project was founded by Lucy Maguire in February 2013, in a basement in Notting Hill. It is a social action programme in North Kensington that uses the pursuit of musical excellence as a way to enrich the lives of children, young people and their families. Beginning with five children, the project grew rapidly, with over 200 children of ages 2–18 in six different orchestras.[citation needed] Sistema Scotland was established with a grant from the Scottish Arts Council, as a result of an initiative by its chairman Richard Holloway in the economically depressed area of Raploch, in Stirling[76][77] Portugal[edit] Orquestra Geração (Generation Orchestra) This name used to describe the 16 centres currently using it to reference activities throughout the country. It was started in 2005 in a small way in Amadora on the northern outskirts of Lisbon. It is now a solid project ready to expand and to influence Portuguese social inclusion methodology and government policy. Some 850 young people are now involved, in 16 schools in 11 towns: Loures, Oeiras, Sintra, Amadora, Sesimbra, Vila Franca de Xira, Lisboa, Coimbra, Amarante and Gondomar. International recognition of El Sistema[edit] The Glenn Gould Prize was awarded to El Sistema founder José Antonio Abreu on 14 February 2008.[78][79] Brian Levine, Managing Director of the Glenn Gould Foundation, in an account of his 2008 visit to Caracas wrote: " El Sistema has demonstrated conclusively that music education is the gateway to lifelong learning and a better future." The Prince of Asturias Award
Prince of Asturias Award
for the Arts was awarded to El Sistema on 28 May 2008.[80] The National Performing Arts Convention 2008, held in Denver, Colorado, featured Abreu as a guest speaker on 13 June 2008.[81] The TED Prize
TED Prize
was awarded to José Antonio Abreu
José Antonio Abreu
on 5 February 2009 for his work on El Sistema. A pre-recorded speech was played at the ceremony in which he explained his philosophy.[82] The prize allowed for the creation of the Abreu Fellows. The Polar Music Prize
Polar Music Prize
from Sweden was awarded to El Sistema and Maestro Abreu in 2009. The Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame awarded Abreu the Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America on September 22, 2014.[83] In the media[edit]

Tocar y Luchar (Play and Fight), a documentary film produced by Alberto Arvelo (es) in 2004 on the subject of El Sistema.[84] The film has won several awards, including Best Documentary at both the 2007 Cine Las Americas International Film Festival and also the CineMás Albuquerque Latino Film Festival.[85] El Sistema, a 2008 documentary made by Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier about the system. Production: EuroArts Music Production, ARTE France, NHK.[86] The film won the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival in 2010 and Best Documentary at the Orlando Hispanic Film Festival in 2009. Dudamel: Conducting a Life[87] is an hour-long PBS
program hosted by Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley
on the subject of music education in the United States, with a focus on Gustavo Dudamel
Gustavo Dudamel
and his achievements with the L.A. Philharmonic.[citation needed] The report includes a look at how the Boston Conservatory Lab Charter School works with children. El Sistema:[88] a report on CBS's 60 Minutes
60 Minutes
from 13 April 2008 which explores the "System" and includes interviews with some of the Venezuelan children who are members of an orchestra. Crescendo! The Power of Music:[89] is a 2014 documentary film about Sistema-inspired programs in Philadelphia
and Harlem. Mozart in the Jungle: the character of Rodrigo de Souza (played by Gael García Bernal) is loosely based on Gustavo Dudamel, the Venezuelan music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.[90] Dudamel coached García Bernal before the latter conducted, in the character of Rodrigo, for a real performance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Philharmonic
at the Hollywood Bowl, scenes of which were used for the second season opener.[91] Dudamel has a cameo in that episode, acting as a stagehand trying to convince Rodrigo to move to Los Angeles. The Music Inside, which tells tells the stories of Kidznotes students, wins both a Telly and a regional Emmy Award for Documentary Short Film in 2016–17.[citation needed]

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Wikimedia Commons has media related to El Sistema.

Articles about El Sistema Drew McManus, The Future of Classical Music is in Venezuela
on partialobserver.com.

"Part 1 of a trip to Caracas
which led to a world of discovery", 4 July 2005 "Part 2: Learning about where this remarkable Venezuelan program of classical music comes from and where it's going", 18 July 2005 "Part 3: The process behind the Venezuelan program seems sound, but what about the artistic accomplishments?" 1 August 2005 "Part 4: The FESNOJIV program has achieved sound accomplishments but could the program work outside of Venezuela?" 15 August 2005


Official FESNOJIV website, in English In Harmony Telford & Stoke on Trent blog

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