The AEC is a European cultural and educational network, which was established in 1953 (see AEC History). It represents the interests of institutions that are concerned with training for the music profession. Today, the AEC includes 280 member institutions in 55 countries.
The AEC works for the advancement of European Higher Music Education and, more generally, of music, the arts and culture in contemporary society and for future generations. It does this through providing support, information and expert advice to the specialist institutions offering Higher Music Education, through engaging in advocacy and partnership-building at European and international levels and through measures to raise understanding and enhance standards of Higher Music Education across the European Higher Education Area and beyond.
Whilst Music is the primary focus of the AEC, Dance and Drama are often taught alongside Music in the specialist institutions represented by the Association and, under those circumstances, its mission actively embraces these disciplines. The statements made here, and in the Aims, Objectives and Values of the AEC, should therefore be regarded as also applying, where relevant, to these sister performing arts.
Aims of the Association:
Addressing the needs, wishes and priorities of its member institutions while providing informed advice that helps to shape those priorities in the direction of advancing European Higher Music Education as a whole
b) Events and Networking:
Providing a range of platforms for the exchange of experiences and ideas between member institutions and for the identification and sharing of best practice in European Higher Music Education
c) External Links:
Connecting member institutions with other organisations and individuals in Europe and internationally who are active in areas relevant to the advancement of European Higher Music Education
Representing and advancing the interests of the Higher Music Education sector at national, European and international levels (see policy papers and recommendations)