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Apply now for AEC Pop and Jazz Platform - Online meeting

You are invited to the next meeting of the Pop and Jazz Platform, which will take place Online for the first time! People interested in giving a presentations during the OPEN FLOOR session are asked to send their proposals by January 15.

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The next Pop and Jazz Platform meeting will take place ONLINE on February 11 - 13, 2021.

This event is prepared by the AEC Pop and Jazz Platform Preparatory Working Group:

  • Linda Bloemhard (Codarts, Rotterdam) - Chair
  • Lars Andersson (Malmoe Academy of Music, Malmo)
  • Paulina Gut (AEC Office) - WG Coordinator
  • Anna Uhuru (Leeds College of Music, UK)
  • Udo Dahmen (Pop Akademie, Mannheim)
  • Susanne Abbuehl (Royal Conservatoire The Hague)
  • Jere Laukkanen (Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences)


The AEC Preparatory Working Group members work on the preparation of AEC events on voluntary basis. The AEC Preparatory Working Groups are all formed by coopting active individuals in the relevant field of specialization within AEC member institutions. Proactivity, as well as geographical and gender balances are the applied criteria to guarantee the diverse and dynamic character of the groups, who should ideally recreate the diversity of AEC members institutions.

Working Group members are financially supported by their home institutions, which cover their travel and accommodation expenses to the working group meetings and to the actual event. 

“The creative artist – the creative teacher”



Thursday, 11 February

Pre Conference sessions:

11:00 – 12:30 SMS Diversity, Identity, Inclusiveness Working Group   - Workshop

13:00 – 14:30 Pop session

15:00 – 16:30 Jazz session

17:00 – 18:30 World/Trad/Folk session


Friday, 12 February

11:00 – 12:30 Students’ session


Conference programme


13:00 – 13:45 Welcome session  with the AEC Council members and PJP WG members 

13:45 – 14:00 Opening session with the PJP WG members and Stefan Gies, AEC CEO

14:00 – 15:00 In conversation with Benny Greb  Effective Practicing for Musicians, with Q&A

15:30 – 16:30  In conversation with Michael Leaguewith Q&A (tbc)

16:30 – 17:15  discussion on the conference theme and presentations of today  with Benny Greb


Saturday, 13 February

10:00 – 11:00 In conversation with … TBC

11:30 – 12:30 In conversation with Magda Giannnikou

12:30 – 13:15  discussion on the conference theme and presentations of today with Magda Giannikou

Lunch break

14:00 – 14:50 OPEN FLOOR sessions

15:00 – 15:50  Parallel sessions

16:00 – 16:15 Closing session with Lars Andersson, Udo Dahmen – PJP WG members and Stefan Gies, AEC CEO

from 16:30 Meet up - virtual/ informal  meetings


Sunday, 14 February

Vocon meeting

10:00 greetings and introduction to newcomers.

10:20 welcome video performace by Frescobaldi Vocal Ensemble (Conservatorio di Musica «Girolamo Frescobaldi», Ferrara – Italy).

10:30 opening performace and greetings by Maria Pia De Vito, VoCon founder.

10:45 – 11:45 presentations

  • Anna Koziel (Microphone Technique) 20 minutes + discussion (10 minutes)
  • Cristina Zavalloni (What Am I Singing? – Back to the Core of Our Mission) 15 minutes + discussion (15 minutes)

11:45 – 12:00 break

12:00 – 12:50 open floor session with breakout groups

All participants will be divided into three groups and each group will discuss a different topic. At the end each group will make a brief report.

12:50 – 13:00 planning VoCon future meetings