AEC is pleased to invite you to the: “Representing the sector – an advocacy workshop” which will take place online in the frame of the AEC Annual Congress, on 11 November from 11:00 to 11:45 AM CET. 

Save the date as the session is free of charge and open to all AEC members to join.

Join the meeting via this link.

The workshop will give an insight into the advocacy work of cultural associations at the European level but also provide a forum for discussion to gather information about AEC members’ needs and concerns related to advocacy. The session will be chaired by Stefan Gies (AEC Chief Executive) and feature the input of members of the Artemis Task Force on Advocacy: Gabriele Rosana (Culture Action Europe) and Katharina Weinert (European Music Council), as well as Alessandra Callegari (AEC Office).

Advocacy as a topic plays a key role both within the current AEC Strategic Plan and the new Creative Europe Project Artemis. One of the goals of the Artemis project is to empower AEC members to represent their interests and to advocate for the promotion of the cultural and creative sector.

In preparation for the “Representing the sector – an advocacy workshop”, AEC launched a survey on the topic a few weeks ago. Based on the insights gained, the Artemis Task Force on Advocacy will develop an Advocacy Strategy and an Advocacy Toolkit.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey, regardless of whether you will attend the workshop or not. Your precious contribution will allow us to further shape our advocacy strategy and tailor it to your needs and priorities.

AEC’s advocacy takes place also thanks to the collaboration with partners and stakeholders in the music industry and cultural sector at large. The AEC Annual Congress offers our members the chance to exchange with each other but also with representatives from various AEC partners to nurture and further develop these partnerships. 


This year, we are pleased to welcome to the congress, a large number of partners from outside Europe, representing among others, sister organisations from North America (NASM, College Music Society) and Asia (SEADOM). Moreover, the geographical focus of this year’s opening event will be Africa, as we strive to open up the European Higher Music Education sector towards cultures that were considered ‘foreign’ not so long ago. This is also in line with the objectives of the AEC Artemis project to reinforce global mobility and to proactively promote and raise to the next level the international cooperation beyond European borders.


AEC looks forward to a fruitful exchange with its members and partners to strengthen its strategy and work towards fairly representing the interests of higher music education institutions at the national, European and international level.