El Sistema was founded by Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, in Venezuela in 1975, with 11 students in an underground parking garage.
Now, it serves an estimated one million children in at least sixty countries around the world. It is a rapidly growing global movement.
El Sistema Global
Sistema Global is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit seeking to connect, encourage, and inspire El Sistema teachers and leaders everywhere. Moreover, we want to tell the world about El Sistema. Visit El Sistema at
In his 2009 TED Talk, http://www.elsistemacolorado.org/our-program/el-sistema-history/ the founder of El Sistema, Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu, cast a vision for a truly global movement that could link together the many El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the world. As the movement evolved, the community of teachers and program leaders yearned for a viable form of global interaction. They have needed a learning tools channel that would globally link interdependent programs, and would provide up-to-date information about the El Sistema model for long term public health and wellness, both physical and mental. Sistema Global is that network.