New students’ association – EPASA

At AEC’s Annual Congress earlier this month, Mimi Harmer (Co-Chair of the AEC Student Working Group) formally announced the founding of the European Performing Arts Students’ Association: EPASA.

This newly created association is the result of a multiyear work of the Student Working Group which was formed during the FULL SCORE project and continued to function within SMS. The members of the Student Working Group managed to increase student presence at AEC events, connect with other students through an informal network, and they shared advice on how to start and operate a student council. In 2021, the final year of the SMS project, the group focused on formalising the network by founding a student association.

EPASA is an independent, autonomous organisation dedicated to empowering and championing the student voice in higher education and the performing arts, as well as supporting emerging professional artists.

Applications for membership are open.  We count on you to inform your students, alumni, and student organisations.

EPASA is also open to organisations looking to form strategic partnerships. If you are interested, send an email to