Shaping Society

As a powerful driver of personal and societal growth, music can play an important role in society for identity, inclusion and the furthering of all democratic principles.

Music is a fundamental need of life. It has an intrinsic value, bringing pleasure to those who engage in it. But in addition to the individual fulfilment it brings, music contributes in many ways to society as a whole. Studies abound showing the benefits of music in early intellectual development, health and pain management. Participation in music creates a sense of well-being and promotes self-realisation. Whether experienced with others during a live music festival or during a community event, it fosters connection with others through feelings of shared identity and a common cause. Nurturing tolerance, upholding cultural identities and promoting social engagement and inclusion, music can be the powerful agent of an open and democratic society. As such, it should be a part of every person’s life.


  • Uphold music as a vehicle for the values of diversity, tolerance, equality, freedom and solidarity
  • Increase awareness of the benefits of music-making and of experiencing a diversity of music on the individual and on society as a whole
  • Foster awareness throughout the sector regarding social and ecological responsibility (i.e. energy consumption and waste management at live events, materials sourced for instruments, etc.)

Suggested Measures

  • Promote a sense of ownership among citizens by encouraging them to participate in music projects artistically, financially or as volunteers
  • Bolster the volunteer base in music for wider societal involvement in music
  • Foster collaboration between music professionals, local institutions and NGOs to identify societal needs
  • Further explore the social, societal and economic impact of music at municipal, regional and national levels and encourage governments to invest in music
  • Further explore the benefits of music on health and wellness in general