young musicians of el sistema with founder jose antonio abreu

young musicians of el sistema with founder jose antonio abreu

MYCincinnati is inspired by Venezuela's national youth orchestra program, El Sistema. Over the past 35 years, El Sistema has evolved into a world-renowned youth development program that uses music as a vehicle for social change. In Venezuela, there are currently over 200 youth orchestras, 150 choirs, 180 musical instruction centers known as núcleos, and extensive music programs for children with disabilities.

Since 1975, almost 2 million children have been part of the program, with over 500,000 currently participating. Average student tenure in the program is 10 years.

By making music education a universal right, El Sistema has not only changed the lives of millions of Venezuelan children, but has also completely transformed the cultural landscape of the country. El Sistema's success in helping children build better futures has led to the creation of similar programs in over 30 countries around the world.