Funded Projects

In line with the central idea of promoting music, education and culture, and in compliance with its Articles of Association, the association has for years supported a number of projects that focus on active music-making with musical instruments.


SchoolJam Logo

SchoolJam offers young musicians the chance at playing a professional club gig with the possibility of going on a ‘world tour’. During the 10th season, participants in Germany's biggest youth band competition have the chance to perform in Frankfurt, Scheessel, Neuhausen ob Eck, Anaheim near Los Angeles/USA, Shanghai/China and London/UK.

To enter the contest, interested parties need a band whose members are all still in school. It doesn’t matter whether the students are all from the same or from different schools. Vocational students aged 21 and under are also eligible for the competition, as are solo artists. There are no rules regarding musical genres, but participants must be capable of giving a live performance.

In 2010 SchoolJam e. V. used funds provided by SOMM to hold and organise 15 live concerts across Germany, giving 120 young school bands a chance to perform live on stage.

SchoolJam is sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

more… Logo is Germany’s first project involving a close university/state ministry cooperation to put active music-making at the heart of music instruction at secondary, middle, and special schools. It is under the patronage of Bavaria’s Culture Minister, Ludwig Spaenle. At this point, 72 schools all over Bavaria are participating in the project.

From year 5, pupils learn to play an instrument or sing in a class choir as part of their lessons. Schools are free to select the right kind of music class for their purposes: choir, band, brass, strings, percussion, keyboard, orchestral classes, or a mix.

The focus was placed on these three types of school because children from immigrant or disadvantaged backgrounds in particular should be given the opportunity to learn an instrument. While they make music as a class, girls and boys are helped to develop social skills and acquire the key qualifications of ‘cooperative and goal-oriented work,’ ‘concentration’ and ‘motivation.’ Making music together strengthens self-esteem. Annual inter-school musical events complete the concept and offers pupils stage experience, recognition and the applause of a larger audience.

Only selected schools with trained and dedicated music teachers who meet the requirements of the label are supported and evaluated by project managers, and supported financially by sponsorship funds raised by the university – although the schools also have to make their own organisational and financial contribution. Upon request, schools that meet the broad criteria can be certified within three years.



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