Benefits to Society

Benefits to Society

Perhaps the basic reason that every child must have an education in music is that music is a part of the fabric of our society. The intrinsic value of music for each individual is widely recognised in the many cultures that make up life; indeed, every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals. The importance of music to our global economy is without doubt. The value of music in shaping individual abilities and character are attested in a number of places:

  • Secondary students who participated in band or orchestra reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse). Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report. Reported in Houston Chronicle, January 1998 .

  • "Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students, enhances spatial intelligence in newborns, and let's not forget that the arts are a compelling solution to teen violence, certainly not the cause of it!" Michael Greene, Recording Academy President and CEO at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 2000.

  • The arts create jobs, increase the local tax base, boost tourism, spur growth in related businesses (hotels, restaurants, printing, etc.) and improve the overall quality of life for our cities and towns.
    On a national level, nonprofit arts institutions and organisations generate an estimated $37 billion in economic activity and return $3.4 billion in federal income taxes to the U.S. Treasury each year.
    American Arts Alliance Fact Sheet, October 1996. 

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