School Songs Project

“School Songs Project” Launched Nationwide



May 17, 2011


On April 23, Beijing Modern Music Festival, a national music event fully supported by the China’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Culture, started a new program of “School Songs Project”, extending its boundary beyond Beijing to reach universities, middle schools and primary schools in other parts of the nation. 


The project was unveiled in Dingxi municipality of Gansu province and the BMMF organizing committee has entrusted some composers with the mission of writing school songs for some ill-equipped schools in this region. Teachers from the Central Conservatory of Music are sent to help with the singing. At the launching ceremony, a 400 people choir performed new school songs for audience, with some famous artists and music professionals such as the Chinese-American conductor Yongyan HU.


Xiaogang YE, Vice Chairman of Chinese Musicians Association and Artistic Director of BMMF, remarked that this project suggests a volunteer group of all Chinese composers to compose school songs for the underprivileged schools and upbeat music for the younger generation. In a few years, this project will be able to provide a variety of supports and help for the basic aesthetic education around the country, especially in the central and western regions. Besides, some music promotion and education projects for the great public like the “Young Composers Project” and “Music in Universities” are going to be launched very soon.


Speaking at the launching ceremony, HAO Yuan, Vice Governor of Gansu province pointed out that in an effort to balance the regional divergences in educational resources and to raise the locals’ aesthetic education quality, the educational and cultural departments of Gansu will work with the organizing committee of the BMMF as well as other musical academies to provide trainings for music teachers, donate musical equipments, and form Migrant Workers’ Music Orchestra as well as Choir of local stay-at-home kids.


Beijing Modern Music Festival enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad. It was first established to strengthen the music exchanges between Chinese and foreign music colleges and performing groups, until in 2010, the organizing committee changed its focus from academia to the public for the sake of promoting music in every walk of the society. 


Reported by ZHOU Ning and WANG Yanming, Xinhua News Agency