FAYM is working to advance the message of how music can transform the lives of youngsters using the model known as EL Sistema, a system of music training for largely at-risk youngsters in Venezuela that was founded in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu.
FAYM Trustee, Hal Weller, met with Dr. Abreu in Denver at the NPAC Conference in 2008. Weller arranged for Dr. Abreu to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Conductors Guild Annual Conference in NYC on January 11, 2009 and moderated a special panel on El Sistema for the Conference. FAYM continues to play an active role in El Sistema efforts worldwide.
FAYM is proud to be part of the Network of U.S. El Sistema Nucleos and to subscribe to its mission statement:
“To support free music education within a social context and for underserved youth in the United States by building a national network of shared resources, values, aspirations, and advocacy to identify and unify the growing number of geographically and organizationally diverse music programs inspired by El Sistema in Venezuela. Through this we seek to redirect lives, inspiring youth and their communities toward a more promising future.”
Click HERE to view the El Sistema video on “How Music Saved the Children of Venezuela” and other El Sistema videos.
To learn more about El Sistema USA visit their website www.ElSistemaUSA.org