The European Union has announced plans to end core funding for the European Union Youth Orchestra, following 40 years of support. Unless the EU agrees to continue its support, the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) will cease operations on September 1 of this year. The EUYO has launched a campaign to restore EU funding; find out more at The orchestra asks the public to write to the European Union to express support; donate to the European Union Youth Orchestra Appeal Fund; post messages about the situation on social media sites; and to sign a petition located here. The EUYO was founded in 1976 by conductor Claudio Abbado and others, following a resolution by the European Parliament, and since that time the group has been funded by the EU, which supported the orchestra as an EU cultural ambassador. The orchestra’s players come from all 28 EU member states, and more than 3,000 emerging musicians have performed with the group. Find out more at

Posted May 20, 2016