Sistema Musica Arnesano is a project of Associazione Musicale Opera Prima, founded in 2009 in southern Italy, for primary school children whose lives are compromised by socio-cultural and economic problems in the town of Arnesano. Based on the Venezuelan model founded by José Antonio Abreu and the principles of inclusion, participation and integration, the programme introduces music, both vocal and instrumental, to very young children. They learn self-respect, self-esteem and social integration through collective activity and group learning.
The BBT Communities grant will support a project in which the orchestra is a tool for social integration, the orchestra being a model for civil co-existence. All activities and instruments are provided free.