Promuse was a project co-ordinated by the AEC with the aim to strengthen the relationship between higher music education and the professional music world throughout Europe. The two-year project (1999-2001) was supported by the LEONARDO programme of the European Union and was set up with an interesting mixed partnership of organisations, including conservatoires, employers organisations, musicians unions and music information centres.

The Promuse project was active in establishing an overview of the current state of, and latest developments in the following areas for which 2 separate working groups were established: the professional integration of musicians and continuing education in music. The working groups studied at a European level several subjects relevant to these main areas, such as keeping track of former students (alumni-policies), recruitment and employment issues in the orchestral profession, the need for the establishment of a ‘European Observatoire for Music Professions’ and an analysis of the current provision of and the needs for continuing education for musicians in the various European countries.

Project outcomes:

  • 2 Promuse seminars were organised in Vienna and Oviedo in the area of continuing education, and a final project presentation was held at the AEC Congress in Vicenza in 2000. Detailed reports of these events can be found in the substantial Final Project Report.
  • 2 project newsletters were produced in English, which can be downloaded here in PDF-format (newsletter 1, newsletter 2)