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Acción por la Música

1975 

Maestro José Antonio Abreu founds the Sistema de Coros y Orquestas de Venezuela ("El Sistema") with the dream of "transforming adversity into hope". He achieves this by bringing the collective practice of music to the most impoverished villages and neighbourhoods of the country, forming orchestras and choirs, so that all children can develop the highest values of the human spirit.

2000 

Its mission expands around the world and inspires the creation of new socio-musical projects that share a dream: to transform the world through music. From these groups emerge some of the best artists and leaders of social change on the current scene, such as Maestro Gustavo Dudamel or the teacher and patron of Acción por la Música, Ron Davis Álvarez.

2008 

José Antonio Abreu receives the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, for changing "the lives of tens of thousands of children around the world".

2011 

After watching a documentary about "El Sistema", María Guerrero, a successful lawyer, and philanthropist from Madrid, decides to swap her law firm for a trip to Venezuela: "When I saw the documentary something happened inside me. I realised that music could transform people's lives. I felt I could give my life for that”.

2013 

After seeing the successes of "El Sistema" firsthand, she returns to Madrid with a dream: Acción por la Música is born.

2018

María Guerrero enters the ranking of the Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain, in the Top 10 of the Third Sector.

2020

Acción por la Música wins the "Emilio Castelar Award for the defence of freedoms and progress" in the category of social commitment.

Topicality

More than 1000 children and young people have had the opportunity to dream in our choirs and orchestras. To date, they have shone on stages such as the Auditorio Nacional de Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes, the Teatro Real, the Palacio de Moncloa, the gardens of the Royal Palace, the Prado Museum, and the television programme Got Talent, among others.

Through music, they improve their self-perception, raise their self-esteem, and take responsibility for their learning and growth process.

THIS STATE OF SELF-REALISATION MATERIALISES IN A SENSE OF PRIDE THAT RADIATES OUT TO THEIR FAMILIES AND THE REST OF SOCIETY.
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