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Demos facilitates access to classical music

The findings


Classical music, like other art forms, is part of a universal heritage that each person has the right to access. Convinced that collective music practice favours personal development and contributes beneficially to children’s learning abilities, the Groupe ADP Foundation has made it a focal point of its actions by supporting the Démos programme.


The workshop is a place where I can at last express myself. Which is not something I could always do at school. It’s a moment when I feel free and I can get away from everything. And sometimes they give us time to be creative, and that’s really great.
Lina, 11 years old,
First year at middle school in Longjumeau

Demos's mission

Founded in 2010 by the Cité de la Musique-Philharmonie de Paris, the programme favours access to classical music for young people from high-priority districts by giving them the opportunity to play instruments in an orchestra. Thanks to Démos, some 3,000 youngsters between the ages of 7 and 12 from difficult or isolated neighbourhoods each year join an orchestra somewhere in France.

The Groupe ADP Foundation supports this programme alongside local authorities by funding the Ouest Essonne orchestra that reaches about a hundred school children from the towns of Longjumeau, Les Ulis and Massy.