Advocacy

Advocacy is one of the main priorities and core tasks of the AEC. AEC understands advocacy as systematic and targeted actions to represent and safeguard the interests of its members, in particular vis-à-vis political decision-makers and partner organisations, but also with other stakeholders and the civil society as a whole.

AEC acts as advocates for its members institutions’ activities on several levels:

  1. We represent the interests of AEC members vis-à-vis the organs and institutions of the European Union (EU) and beyond, by:
    • meeting regularly with members of the European Parliament and the European Commission
    • acting as the natural contact for the EU institutions when matters concerning Music Higher Education (HE) are discussed at hearings and consultations
    • taking part in stakeholder groups, information sessions and/or conferences organised by the EU institutions and beyond
    • writing policy papers
    • launching campaigns or contribution to existing advocacy campaigns
  1. We join forces with partner organisations:
    • through mutual support and the creation of synergies when organising events and launching policy campaigns
    • by bundling shared interests (e.g. with other actors from the higher education, art and/or cultural policy sectors)
    • through active participation in the boards of partner associations
  1. We participate in global networks:
    • through regular exchange with the higher music education sector outside of Europe
    • through transcontinental research projects
  1. We support AEC member institutions in their own advocacy activities, by:
    • by giving advice with regard to management issues in higher music education, such as project funding, learning & teaching, quality assurance, innovation & change
    • by creating platforms for exchange and inter-institutional collaboration
    • by providing models of good practice
    • at the invitation of a (group of) higher music education institution(s), meeting representatives of their local governments (in order to represent the voice of the sector in the context of educational, cultural or other reforms)
    • at the invitation of a (group of) higher music education institution(s), writing letters to local governments to advocate for a certain cause

Advocacy news

Update on AEC’s Advocacy Activities – Solidarity with Ukraine

Update on AEC’s Advocacy Activities – Solidarity with Ukraine

Directly or indirectly, the war determines the current activities of the AEC in April 2022, e.g. in terms of facilitating the provision of study places or job opportunities for refugees from Ukraine.

Advocacy related to the war in Ukraine

Advocacy related to the war in Ukraine

Much of what AEC has done in recent weeks in terms of advocacy relates to the war in Ukraine and has been done in joint action with either partner organisations and with our members.

Update on AEC advocacy activities – February 2022

Update on AEC advocacy activities – February 2022

AEC's Chief Executive Stefan Gies reports on joining forces with partners and dialoguing with decision-makers.

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