AEC on Entrepreneurship

The concept of Entrepreneurship has gradually gained relevance in the field of Higher Education since the Ministers responsible for Higher Education in the countries participating in the Bologna Process stated the need to “consider in more detail how to improve employability in relation to each of [the three] cycles as well as in the context of lifelong learning” in the London Communiqué (2007).

Since that moment, the AEC has proactively tackled this topic by designating specific working groups looking into how this concept applies to the music sector. Within the three cycles of the Polifonia project (2004-2014), different working groups have addressed issues concerning the employability of musicians through a close collaboration between HME institutions and the professional music field:
During the last cycle of the 'Polifonia' project (2011-2014), the working group 4 on Lifelong learning: Educating for Entrepreneurship focused on exploring entrepreneurship within HME in Europe and on promoting ways in which training for entrepreneurship could be re-enforced, both within the conservatoire sector and in the profession.

This WG developed an online resource containing all the information about the research conducted by the group during the course of the project. This portal aims at assisting HME institutions and students with developing teaching and learning approaches promoting the competence of entrepreneurship. The resource is available in English, French and German at: