The first organization providing free community music education for social change was El Sistema, established in 1975, Venezuela.
We envision a world in which all students - regardless of income, background, or zip code - have equal access to opportunities to make music and the resources needed to thrive in college and beyond.
Harmony Project provides high quality music instruction and social support to children year-round at no cost. Through our network of world-class instructors, college success programming, and continuous opportunities for advancement, we motivate youth to achieve their greatest aspirations and cultivate the human potential of our communities Long Beach to Pasadena, Inglewood to Boyle Heights.
El Sistema is Venezuela’s national system of youth orchestras that was established in 1975 by José Antonio Abreu. Every year more than 500,000 children, 80% of whom live in poverty, are given intensive music education free of cost.
El Sistema-inspired programs are now operating in more than 50 countries around the world, and there are nearly 100 affiliated programs in the United States. BRAVO is the first in Oregon.Studies have shown that participation in El Sistema programs improves children’s outcomes in school attendance, academic performance, and even general health and wellbeing. Venezuela’s flagship program has positively impacted the lives of over 2 million children.