History of Miami Music Project

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  • Maestro James Judd founds Miami Music Project (MMP)
  • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation awards $1 million challenge grant
  • Establishes as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


  • Conducts national auditions to establish MMP Brass Quintet and MMP String Quarter to perform in Title I schools and underserved communities across Miami-Date County
  • Establishes curtail partnership with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and receives an endorsement from the Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
  • Reaches 2,300 middle school students through In-School Residency with interactive performances and educational support materials for classrooms
  • Launches MMP Honors Orchestra, youth ensemble ages 13-21, led by James Judd with its first performance side-by-side professional musicians during the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Family Fest
  • Commissions composer Glen Cortese to create a piece titled “Africa: Hymn and Dance”


  • Hires Anna Pietraszko, arts educator, administrator and musician to serve as Managing and later Executive Director
  • Designs a music education curriculum in relation to District, State, and National Standards and reaches over 15,000 middle and elementary school students through its In-School Residency,
  • Receives $375,000 from anonymous donor
  • Establishes MMP Orchestral Academy, an El Sistema-modeled program with its first chapter in Doral, opening with 17 students and serves 150 within five months,
  • Begins active participation in El Sistema USA


  • Introduces Pass it On! initiative – a musical instrument donation campaign
  • Builds media awareness through appearances on NBC, CBS, WLRN, New Times, SunPost
  • Identifies as Miami’s only El Sistema-modeled orchestral program
  • Continues annual performances of the MMP Honors Orchestra at the Adrienne Arsht Center with first students of the MMP Orchestral Academy joining the ensemble,
  • Produces first stand-alone MMP Honors Orchestra symphonic performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center
  • Co-hosts Master Teaching Artists Training Program with Korean Arts & Culture Education Service
  • Reaches over 25,000 students to date through In-School Residency program
  • Takes over annual Mainly Mozart Festival, acclaimed chamber music series


  • Little Haiti Chapter opens with 65 students, grows to 120 in six months
  • Reaches 300 student musicians across Doral and Little Haiti chapters
  • Rebrands Orchestral Academy as El Sistema Miami (ESMIA) taiored to Miami community needs
  • Recognized as 2nd largest El Sistema-modeled program in U.S.
  • Programming alliances: FIU Music, FIU Center for Children and Families, New World Symphony
  • Introduces ESMIA Leaders ensemble for most dedicated participants to provide cross-cultural experiences for the young musicians
  • Staff expands to include four full-time and 25 part-time, including 23 Teaching Artists
  • Includes choral classes in programming
  • Becomes founding member of National Alliance of El Sistema Inspired Programs (NAESIP)
  • Presents at TEDx Youth event at the Adrienne Arsht Center
  • Executive Director Anna Pietraszko named to Founding Board at NAESIP
  • Adopts first 5-year strategic plan


  • Develops artistic alliance with El Sistema, Venezuela
  • Designs comprehensive program curriculum in relation to District, State, and National Standards
  • First tour of ESMIA Children Orchestra during 2013 East Coast Seminario, Newport News, Virginia
  • Provides annually 60,000 teaching hours; 200 supervised practice – performance hours per student
  • Publishes first comprehensive annual report
  • Receives first ever National Endowment of the Arts grant
  • Receives first ever support from the State of Florida
  • Re-designs staff structure to answer needs of communications and development
  • Gains support of 17-member Board of Trustees to date and establishes MMP Advisory Board