Music: A Vector for Social Cohesion
Led by the Philharmonie de Paris, the Démos program aims to give socially disadvantaged children access to a musical education and orchestral training. Since its launch in 2010, the program has benefited 4,800 participants and enabled the creation of 47 orchestras throughout France, with a new target of 75. The idea behind the project is that a musical education can help overcome social barriers. Démos enables children with limited means to gain access to classical music training. Each participant is provided with an instrument for three years, given four hours of lessons per week using an innovative approach based on oral instruction and group practice, and benefits from participation in an orchestra and an end-of-season concert. With notable improvements in the areas of concentration, rigor, self-confidence and respect for others, the method has proven its worth. Deployment of the Démos program is a collective affair, with input from the French government, local municipalities, cultural and social partners and professionals, families and corporate sponsors such as Total Foundation.
47 orchestras founded thanks to the Démos program,
which uses classical music education to teach know-how and social skills.