AEC, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen

Date of signing the Groningen Declaration: 26th April 2019, Puebla, Mexico


AEC is a voluntary coalition representing Higher Music Education Institutions (HMEIs) in Europe and beyond.


AEC is the leading voice for Higher Music Education in Europe, a powerful advocate for its member institutions.

AEC sees professionally focused arts education as a quest for excellence in three areas: artistic practice; learning and teaching; ­­research and innovation. It seeks to foster these elements and to encourage the diversity and dynamism with which they are pursued in different institutions, countries and regions.

AEC understands and supports music and arts education, together with cultural participation, as central contributors to quality in human life, and inclusive societies founded on democratic values. ­


AEC works for the advancement of Higher Education in the performing arts, primarily focusing on music. It does this based on four pillars:
Pillar 1: Enhancing quality in Higher Music Education
Pillar 2: Fostering the value of music and music education in society
Pillar 3: Promoting participation, inclusiveness and diversity
Pillar 4: Strengthening partnership and interaction with stakeholders

AEC operates inclusively, sustainably, efficiently and effectively, enabling communication and sharing of good practice.

Contact person

Sara Primiterra, Events and Project Manager