PRIhME – Stakeholder Assembly on Power Relations in Higher Music Education

PRIhME is the first attempt to address how power relations inequities in higher music education can adversely affect our culture, our places of study and work. Power relations in the musical context are nuanced and complex because they have pedagogical relevance and can affect [mental] health both during studies and in the workplace. 

To create strong institutions and healthy learning environments, we believe it is essential to address power and create a commonly shared understanding of the norms and traditions in which we work. 

Our goal is to foster a safe and healthy sector in which we can train and educate creative and socially engaged performing artists through policy recommendations and examples of best practice. 

Do you want to know more about power relations, hear from experts, or see what material and best practices exist? PRIhME is working with the following four themes:

  • Understanding Power Relations and Music. What are the different forms of power? How are hierarchies in music shaped? What is the Power to Empower? Read material by expert Anna Bull and learn about the recommendations on Care & Support, Safe Spaces.
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender
  • Socio-Economic background & Disability (to be addressed in the Summer of 2022)
  • Artistic Standards (to be addressed in early 2023)

The 50-person PRIhME Stakeholder Assembly includes students, teachers and administrative personnel from 9 European institutions and meets regularly to address these four themes. Special attention has been given to geographical spread, social and cultural backgrounds, expertise in social inclusion and civic engagement.

Organising the Project: These are the people and institutions behind PRIhME.  If you want to suggest speakers, material, provide data on your own institution, observe an assembly, please contact us!