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Recommendations to political decision makers at local, national and European level

Governments and legislation need to support and sustain:

  • Equal and democratic access to music education for all;
  • Music education in the formal, non-formal, and informal education settings because cultural diversity, as well as participatory music education, are essential for successful learning;
  • Public funding for formal, non-formal and informal music education in order to ensure that music education is accessible for all;
  • Access to affordable music education for all from all societal backgrounds, for instance through grants to avoid elitism;
  • The diversity of learning, with the concept of music education for all delivered with a high level of professionalism;
  • Sufficient funding for the provision of appropriate, high-quality and up-to-date teacher training;
  • The quality of music education offered to the educators. If music education is taken seriously, music education practitioners must have adequate training in music;
  • The continuous professional training of music education practitioners, including provision after having received their professional degree;
  • Sufficient funding for both projects highlighting the social benefits of music-making and those supporting traditional music education;
  • Sustainable funding and legislation for quality assurance and evaluation, which give important information on the social impact of music education;
  • Cross-over funding for multi-sector projects i.e. health, welfare, development etc;
  • Sustainability in public funding practices and a balance between long-term structuralfunding and short-term project funding; this includes core funding to bodies organising activities in the field of music and education.