The meeting brought together Council members, including newly elected members Barbara Willi (Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno – Faculty of Music, Czech Republic) and Małgorzata Sternal (Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland), as well as co-opted members and a representative of the European Performing Arts Students’ Association (EPASA). Notably, this Council meeting marked the first in-person gathering under the leadership of the newly appointed AEC Director, Finn Schumacker.

Over the course of two days, Council members engaged in fruitful discussions about the current state and future of higher music education in Europe and beyond. The agenda was packed with discussions, including deliberations on the AEC strategic framework, and consideration and approval of the recent membership applications.  

The Council decided to follow a proposal from the AEC members to create a new Working Group for Folk-Trad-World music.

Additionally, the Council was updated on the final application submitted on 7th March for the Creative Europe Networks grant and other ongoing projects. Discussions also encompassed past and upcoming AEC events.

The meeting in Milan also served as preparation for the 2024 Congress and General Assembly, scheduled to take place in Milan on 14-16 November 2024. Consequently, the Council meeting was followed by a Congress Committee meeting to address organisational matters for the upcoming event.

The AEC Council extends its sincere gratitude to the Milan Conservatoire and its team for their warm hospitality and outstanding organisation of the meeting.

Please see below the members of the AEC Council as elected in the elections which took place in the frame of the AEC Annual Congress 2023 in the Hague.