About El Sistema


[We] envision a world where every child has access to music through intensive ensemble training and performance to promote positive youth development and thriving communities.
— El Sistema USA

El Sistema USA is a national organization which focuses on helping to provide music education to under-served communities.  They value equity, empowerment, excellence, impact, sustainability, joy, and community.

To learn more about El Sistema USA,


TED Talk - Maestro Abreu

El Sistema USA - A Documentary in Progress

El Sistema USA is a feature documentary tracking a handful of kids in a diverse, impoverished community in West Philadelphia, where their participation in Play On, Philly! - a unique, intensive youth orchestra program - brings big changes to their lives.

Jose Antonio Abreu is the charismatic founder of a youth orchestra system that has transformed thousands of kids' lives in Venezuela. Here he shares his amazing story and unveils a TED Prize wish that could have a big impact in the US and beyond.