All public school students should have access to high-quality arts education. Arts education refers to dance, moving image, music, theater, and visual arts. An arts education teaches creativity, cooperation, discipline, analysis, and other important life skills. Students also develop positive outlets for self-expression.

In 2014 Mayor Bill de Blasio dedicated an additional $23 million in annual funds to NYC schools for arts education. This money means schools have grants, supports for teachers, classroom supplies, and student art celebrations. For more information on arts spending, visit the Watch a video about SAI .

Admission into this summer's SAI program is based on an online application and audition or portfolio submission.

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The All-City High School Music Program

The All-City High School Music Program is open to all NYC public high school students. Students audition for chorus, concert band, jazz ensemble, marching band, and orchestra.

If you have questions, email Callie McGlone, Arts Program Manager, at

The Salute to Music Program

The Salute to Music Program is open by audition to all New York City public school students in grades 4–8. Students audition for the chorus or instrumental programs in their borough. If you are interested in this program, email Robert Rams, Salute to Music Program Manager, at