Founding Registration for the National Alliance Extended

Dear Friends,

After our last mailing, we heard from a few of you that your registration for the National Alliance is in process, but has been delayed due to Hurricane Sandy and/or other complications. You requested the National Alliance to extend the registration deadline for Founding Membership by at least a couple of weeks. We are therefore keeping the founding membership registration open until Sunday, November 18.

However, we need to remind you that only Founding Active Program Members in good standing will be permitted to vote to approve the By-laws of the new Alliance. This vote is expected to take place as soon as Founding Member Registration is closed. When the By-laws are approved, then only Active Program Members in good standing will be permitted to nominate members to the Board of Directors from their programs and vote in the board elections. Programs will have to be registered by the time of the board elections to hold a seat on the board. This nomination and election process is expected to take place within the next month and a half. Although dozens of programs and supporters have already joined The National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs, it needs the strongest board leaders possible to guide this powerful new collaboration, so please, if you have not already done so, join your colleagues and register soon.

Registration materials are available on this website and dues payments should not serve as a barrier to membership. If you are concerned about dues requirements or have any other questions about registration, please contact the Alliance Registrar, Ben Fuller, at


About Stanford Thompson

Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and Founding Board Chairman of El Sistema USA, bringing music education to students in underserved areas throughout Philadelphia and beyond. Recognized as a TED Fellow in 2017, Stanford believes that music education is a powerful tool for positive personal and community change. Mr. Thompson serves on the faculties of the Global Leaders Program, SAAVY Arts Venture, and Dean of the Sphinx LEAD program while regularly lecturing at major Universities and Conservatories about leadership, entrepreneurship and social justice. As a consultant, he has guided the development of dozens of El Sistema-inspired programs across the United States and collaborated with major orchestras and arts organizations to develop new strategies and initiatives that helps provide equitable access to the arts. As a professional trumpeter, Stanford has performed as soloist and section member with major orchestras around the world and continues to perform chamber music and jazz. Stanford is a native of Atlanta, GA and hold degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Sistema Fellows Program.
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