Though Johnson String Instrument already serves a growing number of El Sistema-inspired programs, we have been searching for a way to better serve these and other programs that cater to culturally underserved communities. Founder Carol Johnson discovered in conversations with various program directors that many have a hard time getting enough funding for the instruments they used as well as their upkeep. From this need and desire comes JSI’s newest endeavor: The Johnson String Project. As a non-profit organization operated out of JSI, the String Project is designed to offer the same level of service and high-quality instruments that all JSI customers have come to expect at discounted rates for qualifying programs.
The overall goal of the Johnson String Project is an expansion of JSI’s belief that all students are entitled to a high-quality instrument. The condition of the instrument should not deter a child’s love of music. It is our hope that the Johnson String Project, in partnership with SerHacer and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, will foster that love through El Sistema-inspired and similar programs for years to come.
For more information, please visit johnsonstringproject.org