Educational Policy

The MI industry is an industry of considerable economic relevance and sees itself as an important part of the cultural and creative industry - especially in Germany. To ensure that these creative industries can continue to successfully contribute to Germany’s gross domestic product and status as a profitable business location, we need better protection of intellectual property on the one hand, and to safeguard musical education and instruction on the other.

In connection with the principle of equality (Article 3 paragraph 1 GG) and the fundamental right to free choice of educational institution (Article 12 paragraph 1 GG), the principle of social justice obligates the state, within its financial capabilities, to ensure schooling for young people that is appropriate to their skills and aptitudes. Education and instruction are the origins of and key to a better understanding of value creation and appreciation for creative thinking and action. Also, as a separate cultural and human right, the right to education is a key instrument in promoting the attainment of other human rights. Therefore, we insist on the observance of human rights, the right to education, basic musical education as part of holistic education, and the strengthening and adaptation of copyright in the digital age. The economic power of creativity must not fall victim to the ‘greed is cool’ mentality and gaps in education.

It has been scientifically proven that active music-making promotes people’s creativity and overall intellectual development. Making music supports disciplined work and strengthens the development of personality. Music is and will remain a fundamental form of expression and human skill across all cultures and times, and alongside language, writing and the visual arts is one of the most important forms of communication.

As a leading organisation of the musical instrument and music equipment industry, SOMM considers (early childhood) education a focus of its interests and also sees ‘active music-making’ as a component for education per se. Making music demonstrably shapes social behaviour, promotes intelligence and is also a means of integration. Numerous youth projects confirm that music knows no boundaries or nationality.

The Society Of Music Merchants actively seeks consensus between government, education and business and offers its assistance on a broad scale. With and through music it would be possible to get to grips with the widely discussed ‘integration problem’ - which is largely also an educational issue.

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