El Sistema is a community music and youth development program that began in Venezuela in 1975. It was founded by Dr. Jose Antonio Abreu to become the national model of music education in Venezuela, granting millions of young people access to quality music programming. Since then, the El Sistema philosophy of music education has spread throughout the world as a music education model that promotes community-building, empowerment, excellence, and access – in the words of Dr. Abreu, El Sistema is about “music for social change.”