Date: 07 - 08 February 2020
location: KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
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The Pop and Jazz Platform Meeting 2020 will take place at the KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent, in Belgium, on 6-8 February 2020.


The Pop and Jazz Platform (PJP) Working Group:

  • Lars Andersson (Malmoe Academy of Music, Malmo) - Chair
  • Hannie Van Veldhoven (HKU Utrechts Conservatorium, Utrecht)
  • Udo Dahmen (Pop Akademie, Mannheim)
  • Linda Bloemhard (Codarts, Rotterdam)
  • Susanne Abbuehl (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
  • Jere Laukkanen (Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences)
  • Paulina Gut (AEC Office) - Coordinator
  • Gert Keunen - host institution representative
  • Peter Lesage - host insttution representative

The AEC Preparatory Working Group members work on the preparation of AEC events on voluntary basis. The AEC Preparatory Working Groups are all 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 groups, who should ideally recreate the diversity of AEC members institutions.

Working Group members are financially supported by their home institutions, which cover their travel and accommodation expenses to the working group meetings and to the actual event. 

Do you want to get involved, contribute or learn more?

Please visit our website or contact  Paulina Gut - PJP Working Group coordinator.

Get Whova Now

Dear colleagues and friends of the Pop & Jazz & World Music Platform!
On behalf of the PJP working group it is my great pleasure to and invite you all to join us forthe next annual PJP meeting in vibrant city of Ghent, Belgium on February 6-9 at the Music department of KASK & Conservatory Ghent.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Sound” which resonates perfect with the music department´s educational profile with departments in music production, jazz and -pop music with a focus on cross-over education to stimulate the combination of learning an instrument and creating your own music. We will also have a group of artists, teachers and experts that will go deep in the discussion on the conference theme and the aspects of sound in music education today.
We also know that there is a high level of expertise and knowledge within the PJP community, so we are keeping the “Open Floor” for all of you to contribute with your expertise. From the evaluations we know that this is a highly appreciated feature among the delegates. Open Floor is a session where delegates from the PJP community have the opportunity to share great ideas and practice with the PJP community by give a short presentation for 10 minutes followed by an audience discussion on topics like new and innovative curriculum design, issues in learning and teaching, methods on artistic and personal expression, new technology in education, genre perspectives or intercultural and international aspects of education. This session depends entirely on the delegates willingness to share their knowledge so please take the time to propose a presentation when you fill out the registration form.
This year we are very happy to continue to arrange a pre-conference meeting on folk/world music for the third time on a European level. We are trying to bring the PJP and the world music communities closer together. Each genre has of course its own very special features but there are more aspects that units us and we strongly believe that we could all benefit from working together and sharing expertise.Please feel free to join the pre-conference on Thursday, February 6 if you want to join the world music discussions.
So welcome to Ghent the ‘Creative city of Music’ a title given by UNESCO. The city is full of music, concert stages, culture, music promotors and music schools that keep the city alive at all times. And of course, great restaurants and the world famous Belgian beer!
Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you all in Ghent!
Lars Andersson
Chair of the PJP working group


Ghent, Belgium
6-9 February



Thursday 6th February
Pre-conference sessions of the following groups:

11:00 – 18:00 World Folk and Traditional Music - Tradition & Diversity

Club telex, Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Gent

A meeting for all interested in further developing of world, traditional and folk music programs within the existing artistic degree programmes
with Linda Bloemhard (PJP Working Group member), Rachael Sutcliffe and members of the AEC SMS project Working Group 2;  David-Emil Wickström and Joshua Dickson

11:00 Welcome and introduction
11:30 Initial report from the mapping survey of Folk, Traditional and World music programmes in HMEI in Europe
12:15 Break out groups - discussion on how to move mapping project forward
13:00 Lunch for all participants

14:00 De Centrale, Kraankiindersstraat 2, 9000 Gent
14:00 Presentation and Q&A about De Centrale Wereldmuziekschool (and more)
14:45 Break out groups
15:15 coffee break
15:45 Guided Tour of De Centrale
16:30 AEC- PJP news and revolution / wrap up of the session
17:15- 17:45 open space

15:00 – 18:00 Students meet students

with PJP Working members: Hannie van Veldhoven, Udo Dahmen and Jere Laukkanen

Club telex, Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Gent

18:00 Ghent city tour

meeting point: Club telex, Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Gent

20:00 Jam session ! Club telex, Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Gent

If you want a place that really embraces music!
Boom***Club Telex hides the best kept music in town

Openings set with KASK students Marte Truyers, Blauw De Greve, Robbe Verreth, Elias D’hooge, Iskander Moens and Sam Goekint

Friday 7th February

9:00 Registration opens

9:30 – 10:30 PJP Newcomer session

presentation of the AEC and Q&A with the PJP Working Group members

From 9:30 - Coffee Available

10:30 – 11:15 Opening Session


Music Introduction
Opening remarks by:
  • Lars Kwakkenbos - dean of KASK & school of Arts conservatory
  • Sami Souguir - Alderman of Culture, City of Ghent
  • Peter Lesage - Chair of the Music Production, Jazz
    & Pop departement , KASK & Conservatory
  • Lars Andersson - Chair of the PJP Working Group, Academy of Music in Malmo

11:15 – 12:15  Plenary Session I


12:15 – 13:15  Breakout Groups

​A - Lars Abdersson
B - Linda Bloemhard
C - Udo Dahmen
D - Hannie Van Veldhoven
E - Jere Laukkanen
F - Susane Abbuehl

​13:15– 14:15 Lunch

14:30 – 14:45 Open floor topic presentations


14:45- 16:30 Surprise sound carousel sessions!

16:30 – 17:00 Networking with Refreshments

17:00 – 18:00  AEC SMS ‘Strengthening Music in Society’

SMS project Working Group 3 Entrepreneurial mindset for musicians Workshop, Plenary session and group discussions on following topics:
  • Success? (defining success)
  • Risk taking & failure
  • Arts of asking relevant questions (researching artist)
  • Well- being
  • Artist in society - Ethics & Dilemma
  • Cocreation, communication, cooperation

19:00  Dinner for all participants,

Saturday 8h February

10:00 - 11:30  Plenary Session II


Music Introduction

1) Lander Gyselinck
2) Susanna Mesia
3) Murat Ali Cengiz

11:30 - 12:00  Networking with Refreshments

12:00 – 13:00  New connections! speed PJP dating

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00  Open Floor

Group discussion on the selected topics

16:00 – 16:30  Information from the community

16:30-17:00  Networking with refreshments, CONCERT HALL MIRY

17:00 – 17:45  Closing Session


Music introduction
  • Conference wrap up from students
  • News from the AEC- Stefan Gies, AEC CEO
  • Announcement of the PJP Platform meeting 2021
  • Closing Remarks by Lars Andresson
18:00 - 19:53 go and find some food ( see the list of restaurants) ...

from 20:00 ... and come back for a concert and party

Club Telex,Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Gent  – Jam session

Sunday 9th February

9:00-13:00: VoCon activities 

Club Telex, Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Gent 

9:00-9:15 greetings and introduction to newcomers
9:15-10:00 welcome presentation by Anu Junnonen (KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
10:00-11:00 open floor session
- Ineke Vandoorn (Vocal Improvisation, a Horizontal Approach)
- Susanne Rosenberg (Heartbeat & Breathe, Finding the Folk Singing Style)
- Jenny Robson (Challenges in Vocal Improvisation in Be Bop Idiom)
11:15-11:30 break
11:30- 12:30 open floor session
- Susanna Mesiä (Vocal One-to-One Teaching as a Learner-Centered Practice – Practical Ideas)
- Michela Lombardi (LyricizeMe!)
12:30-13:00 planning VoCon future meetings

Information on Fee Payment

Participation fees can be paid the following ways:

  • Manual Payment by Bank Transfer before the event
  • Ideal, Credit Card, Paypal, Bankcontact Systems Online (in the registration form)
  • Manual Payment (cash on the spot in Ghent)
  • Manual Payment (by Credit Card in Ghent)

Amount of the Registration Fee (per person)

Category For Registration and Payment made by January 15th  For Registration and Payment made after 15th January
Representative of an AEC   member institution 190 EUR  250 EUR
Representative of a non-AEC  member institution 490 EUR 540 EUR
Student from an AEC member institution 50 EUR 70 EUR
The participation fee includes:

• Conference documents
• Participation to all plenary and parallel sessions
• Participation to the networking moments
• Possibility to display information brochures posters and materials about AEC members institutions
• Coffee Breaks
• One organised Dinner (Friday 7)
• Two organised Lunches (Friday 7 and Saturday 8)
• Concert organised by the hosting institution 
• Assistance by the AEC Office Staff

The participation fee will not be reimbursed for cancellations notified after January 15th

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 (PJP 2020) and
• the last name of the participant
• the name of your institution (if fitting)
Example: PJP2019, Smith, Gotham Conservatory

To receive an invoice please mail

Conference Address

KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent in Belgium
Hoogpoort 64, 9000 Gent

Club Telex
Paddenhoek 12, 9000 Gent



The best connection to arrive by flight to Ghent is to fly to Brussels Zaventem Airport, used by many companies and with direct flights to all over Europe. From Brussels Zaventem Airport you can arrive with direct train to Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station.

Alternatively, you can fly to Brussels Charleroi Airport used mostly by lowcost companies (Ryanair, Wizzair ... etc) and take a direct bus to Ghent. We suggest you book the bus tickets in advance. 

Brussels city has many international connections with several European cities by train. 


We strongly reccomend that you book your accomodation as soon as possible.

If you wish to already book your accommodation in Ghent we warmly suggest a list of hotels close to the conference venue: ​

1) Ghent Marriott Hotel is located only 500 m from KASK Conservatorium, the conference venue.​
Single room 169€ with breakfast
35 rooms 
Reservation deadline on 23/12/2019
After this date, you might still be able to book the room, but the hotel will not guarantee the negotiated rate after that deadline
Book your group rate for AEC Pop and Jazz Platform in Ghent Marriot Hotel

2) 1898 The Post is located only 500 m from KASK Conservatorium, the conference venue.​​ ​
Book your group rate for AEC Pop and Jazz Platform in 1898 The Post

3) Monasterium PoortAckere is located only 900 m from KASK Conservatorium, the conference venue.​
From 75€ to 165€.
Applicable discount of 10%, code: AEC – congress 2020
65 rooms
Book your group rate for AEC Pop and Jazz Platform in ​Monasterium PoortAckere

4) Novotel Gent Centrum Hotel is located only 250 m from KASK Conservatorium, the conference venue.
Single room - 125€
Double room - 142€
25 rooms
Reservation deadline on 06/01/2020
After this date, you might still be able to book the room, but the hotel will not guarantee the negotiated rate after that deadline.
Book your group rate for AEC Pop and Jazz Platform in Novotel Gent Centrum Hotel

5) Hotel NH Gent Belfort is located only 80 m from KASK Conservatorium, the conference venue.
Single room with breakfast 142€
Double room with breakfast 160€
35 rooms 
Reservation deadline on 30/01/2020
After this date, you might still be able to book the room, but the hotel will not guarantee the negotiated rate after that deadline.
Book your group rate for AEC Pop and Jazz Platform in Hotel NH Gent Belfort

6) Hotel Ibis Opera is located only 1000 m from KASK Conservatorium, the conference venue.
Single room including breakfast and taxes 90€
Double room including breakfast and taxes 108€
25 rooms 
Reservation deadline on 06/01/2020
After this date, you might still be able to book the room, but the hotel will not guarantee the negotiated rate after that deadline.
Reservations should be done by sending the reservation document attached in the documents section.

(PLEASE NOTE that the deadline to book the room with promotional price has expired on January 6th. However, there are still rooms available)



Hostel 13oclock
Universiteitstraat 13 - 9000 Ghent