Dudamel's position with the LA Philharmonic was extended through its 100th anniversary season, and he continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony, sometimes bringing the two orchestras together for projects such as the 2012 performances of Mahler's 8th Symphony, also released on video. He guest conducts widely, with several opera productions — La bohème, Le nozze di Figaro, and Turandot — filling some of his schedule in 2015-2016. His own score for the film Libertador was released in 2014, as was his recording of the John Adams opera The Gospel According to the Other Mary. In addition to video releases, Deutsche Grammophon has also issued digital only recordings, including parts of his inaugural concert with the LA Philharmonic and an all-Wagner program with the Simón Bolívar Symphony.
Dudamel is El Sistema's most famous alumnus and advocate, encouraging other communities to develop similar programs. He initiated the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and still spends almost half the year working with students in Venezuela. He remains steadfastly committed to inspiring others and making music accessible to all.