Strand 1: Music's and Music Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs') Role in Society

 
The specific objectives of this strand – as stated in the project application – are:
  1. to raise consciousness of the social responsibility which artists as individuals as well as music higher education institutions (HEIs) as cultural centres bear
  2. to raise consciousness of the political responsibility borne by governments to maintain and foster cultural services and institutions.

Through this strand, AEC aims to demonstrate the positive impact that its member institutions have on society as well as their effective contribution to society. AEC members will be provided with strong arguments and examples of practices across Europe, which they can present to policy-makers. Beyond the specific objectives 1) and 2) mentioned above, themes to be explored within this strand will also include social engagement and social conscience of musicians and music HEIs, as well as ethical issues such as power relations.
 
The working group (WG) carrying out this strand will have the key role to synthesise the outcomes and conclusions from the other WGs role and to produce an overarching view of the issues raised by the SMS project. It will be composed of up to 5 representatives of AEC member institutions, a student and a coordinator from the AEC Office.

Its activities and tasks will include:
  • COLLECTING AND MAPPING EXAMPLES OF PRACTICE
    • Collecting examples which show how music HEIs and other music education bodies are embedded in and/or impact on society (for example through their activities as cultural centres), how they enhance accessibility to arts education and how they address audience development and contribute to placemaking
  • DEVELOPING RESOURCES FOR AEC MEMBERS
    • Preparing a publication which documents how music HEIs and other music education bodies impact on society and enhance accessibility to arts education
    • Developing an advocacy toolkit for AEC member institutions
    • Developing a capacity-building workshop for AEC members (to be delivered in 2021) which offers guidance on how to demonstrate Music HEIs’ impact on society, how to make political arguments and advocate, and how to deal with the ethical dimensions of higher music education
  • ADVISING THE AEC
    • Advising the AEC on ways in which it can demonstrate the role of its members in society and their impact, and thus strengthen its lobbying and advocacy activities
  • SYNTHESISING THE OUTCOMES OF THE OTHER SMS WGS AND PULLING THE FINDINGS OF THE PROJECT
    • Considering ways in which ideas and recommendations from the other WGs for this project can be synthesised in order to produce a more encompassing view of the social relevance and social responsibility of musicians and Music HEIs
    • Drawing on the proposals from the other WGs to show how, through effective social engagement, musicians and music HEIs can play significant roles in developing and sustaining resilient and resourceful communities
  • CONTRIBUTING TO AEC EVENTS PROGRAMME
    • Presenting the work and results of the WG at AEC events (such as AEC Congress 2019)
    • Assisting in preparing the programme for the 2020 Congress on Societal Impact and Audience Engagement/Development (together with contributions from other WGs of the SMS project)
    • Contributing to the preparation of the 2020 AEC EPARM meeting dedicated to the contribution of research to society (Redefining the Music HEI's role and task in society), the AEC Congress 2021 (showcasing the outcomes of the SMS project) and the 2021 AEC PJP meeting on the role of music in society
  • COOPERATING WITH OTHER WGs AND WITH EXTERNAL PARTNERS
    • Giving input to other SMS working groups
    • Attending any relevant meeting or event organised at national or international level (to be approved first by the WG coordinator)
    • Inviting relevant guests to WG meetings (to be approved first by the WG coordinator)
Please click here to read the terms of reference of the working group Music's and Music Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs') Role in Society.
 

Working group members

  • Helena Gaunt, Royal Welsh College of Music & Dance, Cardiff, United Kingdom (chair)
  • Ana Čorić, University of Zagreb Academy of Music, Croatia
  • Oleksandr Pryimenko, Kharkiv I.P. Kotlyarevsky National University of Arts, Ukraine
  • Henrik Sveidahl, Rythmic Music Conservatory Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Isabel Gonzalez Delgado, Conservatorio Superior de Murcia, Spain (student representative)
  • Linda Messas, AEC Office, Brussels, Belgium (Working Group Coordinator)



Do you want to get involved, contribute or learn more?
Please contact Linda Messas from the AEC Office