Prof. Dr. Stefan Gies is Secretary General of the biggest and most powerful NGO in the Music Higher Education Area: the AEC. The AEC runs huge transnational projects in the area of professional musicians training and works as NGO in close cooperation with European policy makers for the subject music.

In TEAM Prof. Gies will act as one person in the SAB and provide dissemination possibilities.

The Association Européenne des Conservatoires et Musikhochschulen (AEC) is the leading voice for Higher Music Education in Europe, a powerful advocate for its member institutions. 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 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 works for the advancement of Higher Education in the performing arts, primarily focusing on music. It does this based on three pillars:

  1. Fostering the value of music and ME in society
  2. Enhancing quality in Higher Music Education
  3. Promoting participation, inclusiveness and diversity AEC operates inclusively, sustainably, efficiently and effectively, enabling communication and sharing of good practice.