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Jan. 12, 2017 2:23 pm

The founder of a local education program will give a TED talk this spring

Play On Philly! founder, TED fellow and trumpeteer Stanford Thompson will present on the national TED stage in April.

Play On Philly! founder Stanford Thompson will take the TED stage.

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Stanford Thompson, the founder of after-school music education program Play On Philly! will give a TED Talk this coming April in Vancouver, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Thompson, an Atlanta native, professional musician and 2017 TED Fellow, started the after-school program in 2009 after finding inspiration in a TED Talk delivered by Jose Antonio Abreu, who founded a Venezuelan music education philosophy called El Sistema.

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As such, Play On Philly! is an after-school program geared more toward youth development than musical accomplishments. Here’s Thompson’s 2010 TEDxPhilly talk:

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