DATE: 21-06-2017

AEC new project: Strengthening Music in Society (AEC-SMS)

AEC is pleased to present its new project 'Strengthening Music in Society' (AEC-SMS), which will start on 1st December 2017 for 4 years. The project will be supported by the EU Creative Europe programme - Support to European Networks.

Though this project, AEC will focus on 6 strands, with the following objectives:
  1. Music's and Music Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs') Role in Society: To raise consciousness for the social responsibility of artists and music HEIs and for governments' political responsibility to foster cultural organisations.
  2. Diversity, Identity, Inclusiveness: To encourage Music HEIs to open their educational offer towards more diversity and to promote inclusiveness throughout their activities.
  3. Entrepreneurial mind-set for musicians: To embed entrepreneurial skills in the education of the artist to better prepare students for their future role as musician-entrepreneur.
  4. Internationalisation and transnational mobility: To help music students and teachers to internationalise their careers and activities.
  5. Shaping the musician of tomorrow through innovative learning and teaching (L&T): To provide new L&T models enabling Music HEIs to educate creative and communicating musicians. This strand will be coordinated jointly with the Centre of Excellence in Music Performance Education (CEMPE) of the Norwegian Academy of Music.
  6. Teacher education in the digital age: To encourage the use of digital technologies in music education. To increase the quality of early childhood music education, and thus extend the audience of tomorrow. This strand will be fully coordinated by the European Music Schools Union (EMU) and involve representatives of the European Association of Music in Schools (EAS). 
Each project strand will be carried out by a working group composed of representatives of AEC member institutions, including students, as well as of representatives of AEC partner organisations.

A first call for working group members has been launched for Strand 5 (Learning and Teaching Platform Working Group). More calls for applications will follow after the summer.
More information about the AEC-SMS project is available on AEC website.