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Link Up for National and International Partners

Join a growing number of Link Up partner orchestras across the country and around the world and watch as your orchestra’s education program grows alongside ours. Link Up introduces students in grades 3–5 to the orchestra through an interactive curriculum in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom before performing with a professional orchestra. Partners can utilize any of the program materials—including teacher and student resources, concert scripts, and concert visuals—free of charge to engage students and teachers in musical learning and exploration.

During the 2021–2022 season, the program will be implemented by more than 100 partner orchestras, serving approximately half a million students and teachers. These partnerships span the US from Alaska to Florida, and also have international reach, including organizations in Canada, China, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, and Spain. These partners will also have access to an expanded version of our online Link Up resources, which include new interactive sheet music and online lesson plans, as well as downloadable student activity sheets and robust audio and video content.

Carnegie Hall recognizes the need for flexibility during this time of uncertainty, and would like to highlight that the Link Up curriculum can adapted for remote teaching. Please contact us at linkup@carnegiehall.org if you have further questions.

Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program introduces students in grades 3–5 to the orchestra by helping them to become a part of it. Students all over the country and around the world come together with their local orchestras to learn about, listen to, and perform great music.


Carnegie Hall provides at no cost:

  • Link Up curriculum guide for each teacher (featuring repertoire for singing, playing the soprano recorder or violin, and program-related lesson plans and activities) with accompanying audio and video resources
  • Link Up resources for students
  • Professional development resources and webinar for lead teachers and administrators
  • Orchestral scores and parts for most pieces, concert scripts, and concert visuals
  • Access to Carnegie Hall’s online resources, including additional lessons and interactive classroom activities
  • Carnegie Hall brand guidelines, fundraising templates, and public relations resources
  • Ongoing support and consultation regarding program implementation

Your site provides/arranges:

  • Culminating interactive concert(s) presenting a majority of the Link Up repertoire, featuring an orchestra, conductor, and participating Link Up students
  • Recruitment of local teachers and students for participation
  • Professional development workshop(s) and direct support for participating local teachers
  • Soprano recorders for all participants, as needed
  • Program-related needs, both artistic and administrative
  • Ongoing communication with Carnegie Hall regarding program implementation
  • Post-concert statistics and report documents

Apply now for the Link Up National 2022–2023 season.

Are you interested in becoming a Link Up partner orchestra? For application and program questions, email linkup@carnegiehall.org.

2021–2022 Link Up Partners

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2021–2022 Link Up National Convening

May 25 and 26
3 PM–5:30 PM on Zoom

Join us for this two-day online event that brings together new, prospective, and returning Link Up partners to explore how the program is being implemented and continues to evolve in communities across the country.

Participants will learn best practices for working with teachers, strategies for engaging with the Link Up curriculum, the Link Up team's landmark commission and collaboration with composer Reena Esmail, and plans for program development and expansion, among other topics.

Please see the following links to register in advance for Day 1 (May 25) and Day 2 (May 26) of the convening. If you are planning to attend both days, please be sure to complete both registration forms. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom meeting link.

The Programs

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Lead support for Link Up is provided by Fund II Foundation.

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Additional funding for Link Up is provided by Linda and Earle S. Altman, The Barker Welfare Foundation, JJR Foundation, Macy's, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

Link Up in New York City schools is made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

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