With over 50 thousand students having classes in 336 education centers distributed through 280 municipalities in the state of São Paulo, the Guri Program is considered to be the largest social and cultural program of Brazil. Ever since 1995 it has continually been offering courses of musical theory and initiation, choir singing and string, percussion and woodwind instruments during the non-school hours. That has been the main action the Guri´s Friends Association has been coordinating, whose mission is to promote, with excellence, musical education and the collective practice of music, taking into account the human development of generations in upbringing.
An incentive of the government of the State of São Paulo, the Guri Program is currently administrated by two social organizations linked to the State Secretariat of Culture. There are about 370 distributed in 311 municipalities in the interior and along the coast of the state, with more than 35 thousand guris, which are directed by the Guri´s Friends Association, while the management of the units from the capital, with more than 12 thousand guris, is done by the Santa Marcelina Social Organization of Culture. The shared management structure of the GuriProgram answers to a resolution of the Secretariat that regulates partnerships between the government and legal entities of private right for actions in the cultural area.
The Guri´s Friends Association is a social organization of culture that shares the management of the Guri Program with the State Secretariat of Culture since 2004. Besides the State government, the project counts on the support of the City Halls, social organizations, companies and individuals.