The conference sought to promote awareness of music's centrality in contemporary society and culture and the important role music leaders play therein. It aimed to foster international dialogue and disseminate research on issues of music, culture, community, leadership and education. Although music is often considered an educational frivolity by politicians, there is an abundance of research and scholarship demonstrating not just its ubiquity but its power in our lives. Music plays important roles in shaping identity and community, in promoting personal growth, health and wellness, and in raising our consciousness with respect to social and other problems throughout the lifespan. It can however also be used as entertainment to serve economic purposes or as propaganda to manipulate.
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