"SULAMOT– Music for Social Change" - is a music education program for children, established by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in cooperation with the Tel Aviv University.
The program focuses primarily on children from underprivileged communities with the least amount of resources and the greatest needs.
The program was inspired by the "El Sistema", the international award-winning project in Venezuela, but was adapted to suit Israel, and its particular issues. Instead of creating a new organization, SULAMOT was built as a collaboration between various existing organizations.
In addition to music lessons taught by instructors who are specially trained in the Tel Aviv University, players from the IPO visit the projects and play for and work with the children. The children are also invited to attend concerts of the IPO at its main auditorium in Tel Aviv.
"If the Children Don't Reach Music, the Instruments Come to Them"
Gal Apelroit, Gallery, Haaretz Newspaper 20.3.2016To the full article (in Hebrew)
"Approximately 1,200 children who didn't have another chance to play, study music from professional musicians playing in schools' orchestras across the country. "SULAMOT" was inspired by the worldwide program El Sistema.
The organization responsible for bringing the music to the Neve Michael, to South Tel Aviv and other places is "SULAMOT– Music for Social Change ". Six years ago, it began to run three music playing programs in three educational institutions, and today it has expanded to 18 orchestras in 15 cities throughout the country, including Sderot , Mitzpe Ramon, Beersheba, Ofakim, Yavneh, Rehovot and Karmiel. Approximately 1,200 children play within this program, including nearly 300 Arab children. The idea is to bring the music to children who don't get to it themselves, and thus enhance their education and lives. Today SULAMOT employs 90 teachers and they even reach Bedouin communities, places to which there is even no proper access road."