Stanford Thompson is a musician and educator who is passionate about using music for social action and serves as the Founder and Executive Director for the El Sistema-inspired program, Play On, Philly! Recently recognized as a TED Fellow, Stanford also serves on the boards of the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum, and El Sistema USA. He is a native of Atlanta, GA and holds degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory’s Abreu Fellows Program.