Since over a decade already, Pearle* is a key partner of The Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC) to bring in the scope from the daily practice of the sector. I
Higher Music Education Institutions (HMEIs) play a crucial role to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural heritage and diversity, to facilitate access to cultural offerings and cultural education for all, and to contribute to economic growth through the creation of new jobs and new business models in the creative sector.
The Music HEIs' graduates will become key cultural and creative players of tomorrow and, if equipped with the appropriate skills, competences and know-how, will contribute decisively to strengthening the cultural and creative sectors and to promoting innovation within them.
The Association Européenne des Conservatoires (AEC) has had significant impact in encouraging Music HEIs to adapt to change, embrace innovation and open up new fields of activities.
AEC-SMS represents a bold new step in the Association’ s continuing work to provide this impetus.
In the framework of the Strengthening Music in Society Project (SMS), Strand 3, Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurial mind-set for musicians), Pearle* is part of the working group on entrepreneurship.
The specific objective of this strand is to embed entrepreneurial skills in the education of the artist in order to better prepare students for the challenges they will face in their future role as musician-entrepreneur. To enable artists to gain new skills which will enrich their professional life and embrace their chances on the labour market.
Each project strand is carried out by a working group (WG), composed of representatives of AEC member institutions, a student and representatives of relevant external partners.
Activities and tasks of the working group will include:
For more information on the project, visit AEC SMS webstite
In the framework of the project Strengthening Music in Society (SMS), the Working Group on Entrepreneurial mind-set for musicians – of which Pearle* is a member - is currently developing a set of podcasts addressing relevant topics on this subject.
Pearle is happy to share with you the first episode, titled The entrepreneurial mindset in time of uncertainty.
The COVID-19 crisis has hit the culture sector very hard. Concert halls, venues, festivals were the first to close and the last to reopen, with a part still not operating at all. Despite strict confinement to temper the pandemic, music didn’t stop, including live music! There is a need for a new approach to career-related education in conservatories. Knowledge, skills and mind-set is important for all not only to cope with change but to see change as opportunity.
In this very first episode, you will listen to Libby Percival and Canberk Duman who used their creativity, imagination and entrepreneurial mindset to explore new business models, to build new communities, to take their social responsibility, to create new artistic work, and so much more.
All podcasts are designed and prepared by the members of the WG and recorded and led by Olaf Bruns. The musical introduction and closing was composed by Camilla Overgaard and the voice was Vourneen Ryan (WG 3 members).
Other episodes of this series of podcasts are available here.
Olaf Bruns is a Brussels-based journalist. A former Deputy Head of the Brussels office of the international TV news broadcaster Euronews, he now works as a freelancer. Amongst others, he writes for the European Green Journal and is the deputy editor-in-chief of the quarterly magazine Progressive Post. He provides Media Training via Crown Media and teaches journalism at the Brussels-based media school IHECS. He holds a master’s degree in Social Anthropology from Paris XIII University with several years of social science research work in various African countries.