Musicambia Introduction

Musicambia is a domestic initiative to bring a long-term, intensive, musical instrument curriculum to the prisons and jails of the United States. Musicambia is inspired by the virtues and immense success of Venezuela’s Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar, or El Sistema, which promotes, throughout the country, the symphony orchestra as a perfect analog for a functional society.

In the past 8 years El Sistema has been bringing this profound idea of music as a means for social change to incarcerated communities of their country. In October 2013 I was invited by El Sistema to be the first American to take a tour of the Venezuelan Prisons where their musical programs take place.

This is what I saw: