AEC European Platform for Artistic Research in Music 2023: wrap up

The European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) held its 10th edition at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen on 30 March – 1 April 2023. The event was attended by 180 participants from 30 countries: 141 travelled to the Danish capital and 39 joined online. The conference provided numerous opportunities for attendees with diverse backgrounds and expertise to engage in stimulating discussions, network and exchange novel ideas and approaches of artistic research in music.

The conference’s theme, “Upbeat: Futures of Artistic Research in Music“, sparked discussions about key topics such as how we can better prepare emerging artists to conduct Artistic Research, the place of Artistic Research in the curricula of higher music education, the future impact of technology and digitalization and how Artistic Research can drive critical encounters that drive change.

 The participants had the opportunity to attend a large number of highly varied  and dynamic sessions:

 The event’s program started with three pre-conference workshops:

  • Presentation of HarMA+ project outputs (European landscape of teaching practices and pedagogical innovation in HMEI’s – music theory fields)
  • Horizon Europe – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Postdoctoral Fellowships (MSCA – PF). Opportunity for Music Research
  • GloCoDa – Exploring online transnational models for artistic research training and supervision


This year’s keynote speech, titled “Epistemology of Artistic Research: Chances and Challenges“, was delivered by Barbara Lüneburg (Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Austria), who approached the topic from three different perspectives: as an artist, as an editorial member of JAR (the Journal for Artistic Research) and as a teacher and program director.

The EPARM 2023 featured 21 Parallel Sessions and 12 ‘Not-the-L8Nite performances’, which were the result of the selection of the Call for Proposals launched with the aim of supporting the development of excellent artistic research at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels, doctoral students and early career researchers.

The Round Table, moderated by Anne Gry Haugland (Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen), included the participation of Sean Ferguson (McGill University – Montreal, Canada. EPARM WG), Henrik Frisk (Royal College of Music – Stockholm, Sweden), Christina Guillaumier (Royal College of Music – London, UK) and Barbara Lüneburg (Anton Bruckner Private University – Linz, Austria), who addressed and discussed the students encounters with artistic research as practice and as a source of knowledge and the role of Artistic Research in the education of future artists at conservatoires.

During the Open Space, participants had the opportunity to contribute to further exploring the conference theme on the Futures of Artistic Research in this session facilitated by Stephen Broad (EPARM WG Chair).

This year and for the first time at EPARM, in-presence participants could join the ARTEMIS safe space, in which they could give feedback about the event itself, with particular attention to diversity, inclusion, gender equality and non-discrimination matters in this session facilitated by members of the ARTEMIS Gender Equality and Non-discrimination Mainstreaming Task Force (TF3).

The artistic programme included several concerts and musical moments by the students of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, who delighted the participants with their performances during the three days of the conference. In addition, the EPARM 2023 attendees were able to visit the Academy’s library and the Music Museum as part of the optional activities of the programme.

AEC would like to warmly thank everyone who made this conference possible, particularly the hosting institution in Copenhagen, the EPARM Working Group members, and all the participants who have always supported the platform with their contribution and engagement.

The next edition of the European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) will take place at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia) on 21 – 23 March 2024.