About the Music Education Council

The Music Education Council draws its membership from across the entire music education and music industry sectors. Through its corporate members MEC represents tens of thousands of music educators across the UK. This gives it a uniquely big picture of music education and is why MEC is the umbrella body for all UK organisations connected with music education.

It exists to bring together and provide a forum for member organisations to debate issues affecting music education and to make representation and promote appropriate action at local, national and international level.

Music Education Council: Aims

  • to act as the UK's umbrella body for all organisations involved with music education
  • to promote and support all aspects of music education
  • to raise public awareness of the nature, purpose and benefits of music education
  • to work actively with central and local government to establish effective structures and to provide adequate funding for all areas of music education
  • to encourage the highest possible quality and standards in music education 

Music Education Council: Objectives

  • liaise with and represent member music and music education organisations with and to all relevant government and statutory bodies
  • attend and contribute to all major UK forums, conferences and committees involving music education
  • lobby and advocate on behalf of music education
  • lobby to encourage access to all genres of music through inclusive music education for all
  • maintain representative standing committees responding to current issues involving music and music education
  • promote research in music education, and its impact on policy and practice
  • promote events, including Full Council meetings to discuss important aspects of music education
  • contribute to public debate on music education in the media and to respond to such debates on behalf of member organisations
  • contribute to the work of ISME and act as a UK link for this organisation
  • ensure that MEC's manifesto is reviewed regularly 

Music Education Council: Structure

According to the current constitution, the corporate membership of MEC forms the Full Council, which meets three times a year. 

Executive Committee manages the work of the Council. Elections to replace one third of the Executive take place annually and each elected member serves until they are one of the longest serving members after which they stand down but are eligible to stand again.

The MEC Constitution is currently under review. Results and conclusions from the 2016 membership survey on current plans can be seen here.