A new nonprofit organization—the Latin American Harp Association—has been established to support Latin American harpists. Membership includes access to educational resources, such as workshops and masterclasses by Latin American and international harpists, advice for purchasing harps and accessories, and platforms to connect with other harpists and share information. The Latin American Harp Association aims to advocate for Latin American harpists and repertoire throughout the world. As its membership grows, the association plans to establish grants to support members.
The five founders of the Latin American Harp Association represent a geographically diverse Artistic and Directive Commission. These harpists are Anabel Gutiérrez Orraca (Cuba), Emmanuel Padilla Holguín (Mexico), Cecília Pacheco (Brazil), Alina Traine (Argentina), and Juan Sebastián Blanco (Colombia). Padilla Holguín says, “We want this to be a platform for everyone to contribute and get support.” For more information, visit the association’s website.