Date: 28 - 30 March 2019
location: Gheorghe Dima Music Academy
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The AEC European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) Conference 2019 will take place at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj Napoca, Romania, on 28-30 March.

The EPARM preparatory Working group is in charge of organizing the AEC Annual EPARM meeting (Forum and Conference).  The Working Group is formed by coopting active individuals in the relevant field of specialization within AEC member institutions. Proactivity, as well as geographical and gender balances are the applied criteria to guarantee the diverse and dynamic character of the group, who should ideally recreate the diversity of AEC members institutions.

Working Group Members:
Peter Dejans - Chair (Orpheus Institute Ghent)
Kevin Voets (Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen - Royal Conservatoire)
Henrik Frisk (Royal College of Music Stockholm)
Leonella Grasso Caprioli (Conservatorio "A. Pedrollo" di Vicenza)
Stephen Broad (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow)
Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli (Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius)
Matthias Hermann (Musikhochschule Stuttgart)


AEC European Platform for Artistic Research in Music
Call for Proposals

EPARM Conference 2019

28-30 March, Cluj-Napoca

Deadline: 14th January 2019
submission to be sent to


Call for Proposals

The European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) is an initiative of the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), acting as a resource for artistic research in the specific context of Higher Music Education: sharing knowledge, insights and outputs; promoting and developing the discourse around artistic research; incubating new ideas and developments; and offering support and inspiration to AEC members.  
The seventh EPARM conference welcomes music researchers, educators and/or performers to a three-day exploration of artistic research in music at the “Gheorghe Dima” Music Academy in Cluj‑Napoca, Romania.

Presentations relating to any aspect of artistic research in music are welcomed.
EPARM recognises that there is no one way to pursue artistic research in music. Nonetheless, at the core of all such research is the artistic practice itself, which functions not only as an object of study, but as a source of significant questions and a means of pursuing original insights. It is an expectation that presentations at EPARM will include performance or the presentation of original work.
To reflect the centrality of performance in artistic research, the seventh EPARM conference will include a special evening programme of performance and discussion. Proposals are welcomed for short performances of a maximum of 30 minutes, which are themselves the outcomes of artistic research. Six such performances will be selected for an evening programme called L8nite Performances, with performers contributing to a moderated audience discussion following immediately on the performances. Proposal for these L8nite Performances should see the specific requirements below.


Proposals for main parallel sessions

Proposals for a twenty minutes presentation (including any performance or examples) with ten minutes discussion should address a clear question or questions that are rooted in practice.

Proposals should be sent in Word format (please find the compulsory template for the main parallel sessions submissions in the Photo’s and Documents section at ) and should include the following:
  • Name of the presenter/s
  • Institution
  • 150-word biography
  • Title that effectively summarises the presentation for a general audience
  • 350-word description of the presentation (abstract), including:
  1. A clearly articulated research question, issue or problem, relevant to artistic practice in music
  2. A clearly articulated and appropriately documented relationship between the artistic practice and the research
  3. Evidence of a critical approach to methodRelevant additional audio or video materials are welcome where appropriate.

Proposals for L8nite Performances

Proposals for a 30 minute performance followed by a facilitated audience discussion should clearly address the relationship between the proposed performance and the artistic research of which it is an outcome.

Proposals should be sent in Word format ((please find the compulsory template for the L8nite Performances submissions in the Photo’s and Documents section at )) and should include the following:
  • Name of the performer/s
  • Institution
  • 150-word biography
  • Title that effectively summarises the performance for a general audience
  • A one-page note on the performance, which will be the basis of the peer-review process and written in a form suitable for distribution to the audience at the L8Nite Performances. In addition to introducing the performance, this note will:
  1. Clearly articulate the relationship between the performance and the artistic research of which it is an outcome
  2. Indicate the key questions with which the performance engagesAll proposals for performances should include a relevant recording (audio or video) of the proposed performer/s.
For both submissions, please use the template provided (you can find it in the Photo’s and Documents section at

Peer Review

A peer review panel composed of the EPARM working group members will select those submissions that will be featured in the EPARM conference. The panel will seek additional expert input when necessary.


The timetable for this process is as follows:
20 November 2018: Circulation of call
14 January 2019:    Deadline for submissions
28 January 2019:    Results communicated to the applicants
31 January 2019:    Publication of the final programme of EPARM 2019 and Registration opening
28th March 2019:   Start of EPARM 2019 

Completed submissions to be sent to AEC Events Manager Sara Primiterra at the following email address:
Any submissions that do not follow the guidelines above will not be considered.

European Platform for Artistic Research in Music 

EPARM Conference

Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, Cluj Napoca


28-30 March 2019



Thursday, 28th March


13:30 - 14:00 Registration

Informal Networking - Coffee available

15:00 - 15:45 Guided Tour of the Academy

Registration required


16:00 - 16:30 Opening Event - Concert Hall

Musical introduction
Official Welcome by:
  • Vasile Jucan, Rector of the Academy
  • Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj Napoca
  • Stefan Gies, CEO of the AEC
  • Peter Dejans, EPARM Chair

16:30 – 17:30 Plenary Session I – Keynote Speech - Concert Hall

Artistic Research Process: an overview, keynote speech by Dan Dediu
Moderated by Nelida Nedelcut, Head of Research at the Academy in Cluj Napoca

17:30 –18:00 Coffee break - Foyer 


18:00 – 19:00 Concert - Concert Hall

Romanian Traditional Music


19:00 – 20:30 Traditional food dinner - Foyer


20:30 – 21:00 L8 NITE Performances – Sessions 1 – 3 performances taking place in 3 different rooms

21:00 – 21:30 L8 NITE Performances – Sessions 2 - 3 performances taking place in 3 different rooms

21:30 – 22:00 L8 NITE Performances – Q&A with the performers in the 3 rooms


Friday 29th March


09:30 – 10:00 Informal Networking with Refreshments


10:00 – 10:30 Parallel Sessions I  - 3 sessions taking place at the same time in 3 different rooms

10:40 – 11:10 Parallel Sessions II - 3 sessions taking place at the same time in 3 different rooms

11:20 – 11:50 Parallel Sessions III - 3 sessions taking place at the same time in 3 different rooms


11:50 –12:30 Coffee break - Foyer


12:30 – 13:00 Parallel Session IV - 3 sessions taking place at the same time in 3 different rooms


13:00 – 14:30 Lunch - University Restaurant "Casa Universitarilor"


14:30 – 15:30 Round Table - Developing Artistic Research in higher education: A collaborative decision–making system

  • Ioan Groza, Ministry of Education

  • Adrian Curaj, General Director of Executive Unity for funding higher education, research, development and innovation, Ministry of Education from 2015-2016

  • Ioan-Aurel Pop, President of the Romanian Academy

Moderated by Valentina Sandu-Dediu, Rector of the New Europe College Bucharest, Music University of Bucharest, CNATDCU


16:00 – 18:00 Open Space – discussion groups on topics proposed by participants in the registration form


18:00 – 18:30 Informal Networking with Refreshments 


18:30 – 19:30 Opera Performance - Romanian Opera House

20:00 Dinner


Saturday, 30th March


09.00 – 09.30 Informal Networking with Refreshments  with music introduction


09.30 – 10.00 Parallel Sessions V - 3 sessions taking place at the same time in 3 different rooms


10.10 – 11.00 Information Forum - short presentations by participants on artistic research initiatives - Concert Hall

11.15 – 11.45 Parallel Session VI - 3 sessions taking place at the same time in 3 different rooms

12.00 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions VII - 3 sessions taking place at the same time in 3 different rooms

12.45 – 13.15 Concert - Concert Hall


13.15 – 13.45 Closing Session - Concert Hall

News from the AEC by Stefan Gies
Announcement of EPARM 2020
Closing remarks by Georg Schulz

13.45 Free Lunch arrangements

Registration to EPARM will be open at the end of January 2019

Information on Fee Payment

Please note that before paying and/or asking for an invoice you must submit your registration form.

To receive an invoice please mail
Participation fees can be paid the following ways:
  • Manual Payment by Bank Transfer before the event (please quote your name or invoice number)
  • Ideal, Credit Card, Bankcontact Systems Online (in the registration form)
  • Manual Payment (cash on the spot in Cluj)
  • Manual Payment (by Credit Card in Cluj) 

Amount of the Registration Fee (per person)

Category    For Registration and Payment made by 29th February     For Registration and Payment made after 29th February
Representative of an AEC  member institution    130 euro    170 euro
Representative of a non-AEC  member institution  430 euro   470 euro
Student from an AEC member institution  90 euro    10 euro


The participation fee includes:

• Conference documents
• Participation to all plenary and parallel session
• Participation to the networking moments
• Possibility to display information brochures posters and materials about AEC        
   members institutions
• Coffee Breaks
• One organized Reception 
• One organized Dinner 
• One organized Lunch 
• Concerts 
• Assistance by the AEC Office Staff

The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after March 13th
Bank details for payments by bank transfer

Bank: BNP Paribas Fortis
Account Holder: AEC-Music
IBAN: BE47 0016 8894 2980

When making the transfer, please clearly quote:

• Invoice number

• the code of the event (EPARM 2019) and
• the last name of the participant
• the name of your institution (if fitting)
Example: EPARM2019, Smith, Gotham Conservatory