Back in June of 2005 I posted up a link on the classical music program in Venezuela.
And, lo, some recent coverage for the program appears of recent in the Atlanta Constitution (Beethoven in the Barrios). Jim Palermo of the "Chicago Classical Music" blog writes
"As the debate ranges on about why African American and Latino populations in the US aren’t better represented in our orchestras, and after having read about Venezuela’s flourishing “sistema,” I wonder, can you make any assumptions or correlations?"
An excellent post on the topic from the inimitable blog "On An Overgrown Path" is well-worth revisiting. You'll find it here.