Originally founded by the Asheville Symphony Society, MusicWorks is an El Sistema-inspired artistic and social program in the greater Asheville area that uses music education as a tool to teach life skills. In addition to musical instruction, the program provides after-school care on a sliding scale tuition including healthy snacks, free play, and academic enrichment.

Beginning with 40 students at Hall Fletcher Elementary in the 2014-15 school year, MusicWorks expanded to serve nearly 90 students from three different elementary schools in Asheville by 2020. In 2021 MusicWorks created their new site at Leicester Elementary School, where they currently serves 50 students.