About UCMP

The Union City Music Project (UCMP) is a child development non-profit organization that uses music as a vehicle for social change by providing students with intensive after-school orchestral instruction, mentoring, and academic tutoring. It is based on El Sistema, the Venezuelan music education model that has a 37-year-history of helping children and their families foster a sense of ambition and achievement. El Sistema has been replicated successfully in 30 countries, and 53 cities in the U.S.

The UCMP goes beyond just learning music scales; it promotes fundamental life skills such as self-esteem, self-expression, cooperative learning, discipline, and creativity by teaching music in an orchestral setting. UCMP participants receive free musical instruction and instruments, and have the opportunity to attend a full range of cultural, social, and enrichment experiences for an annual participation fee of $100.

The UCMP has been created in partnership with the Union City Board of Education and support from Mayor Brian P. Stack’s Office with a fiscal sponsorship from Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts.