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THE WINNER

José Antonio Abreu

YEAR WON

2009

THE WISH

Sistema Fellows Program

“I wish you would help create and document a special training program for at least 50 gifted young musicians, passionate for their art and for social justice, and dedicated to developing El Sistema in the US and in other countries.”


THE PLAN

Partner with the New England Conservatory of Music to create, implement and document a year-long educational program that involves hands on training in Boston, extended time studying El Sistema in Venezuela, guided internships with public programs that affect at-risk youth, and a required year of work towards advancing or founding an El Sistema program outside of Venezuela.


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CURRENT STATUS

The Sistema Fellows Program, a post-graduate certificate initiative at the New England Conservatory in Boston, began in October 2010, with master classes, workshops, internships and residencies that develop fellows' skills to help them build El Sistema programs in the U.S.A. and internationally. ElSistemaUSA.org launched as a support and advocacy network for El Sistema-inspired organizations.


THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO

  1. Learn more about the program through the
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JOSÉ'S BIO

José Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema ("the system") in 1975 to help poor Venezuelan kids learn to play a musical instrument and be part of an orchestra. 30 years on, El Sistema has seeded 102 youth orchestras -- and many happy lives. More about José »