The MEC Forum consists of 12 standing list organisations (elected by the MEC membership) and 6 individually elected members.

MEC Forum is where we have robust internal discussions taking account of the many facets of music education and how we take things forward in the best interests of everyone across the sector, especially including MEC’s responsibility as a charity to promote and advance the education and training of the public in music. Through these internal discussions MEC ends up with clearer sector-wide messages when talking to the media; engaging with ACE; lobbying ministers etc.

MEC Forum thrashes out and agrees short/medium/long term strategies and actions for Music Education, throughout the UK, across the lifespan, with national contexts taken into account.

MEC Forum clarifies which organisation (or organisations in collaboration) lead on issues (according to their particular priorities, membership interests etc.) and what only MEC, uniquely can do.

MEC Forum enables the six individual elected members to ensure we consider all matters; and to challenge the ‘lead’ organisation(s) about priorities, strategies and actions.

MEC Forum members oversee Special Interest Groups and Task and Finish Groups, ensuring we avoid ‘silo’ thinking.

In 2019 the members of the MEC Forum are:

Standing ListDirectly Elected Members
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)Phil Castang
The Association of British Orchestras (ABO)Dan Francis
Cymdeithas Addysg Cerdd Awrdurdodau Cymru / Welsh Authorities’ Music AssociationEmma Lines
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)Helen Mason
Making MusicGary Spruce
Music for YouthKim Waldock
Music Industries Association (MIA)
Music MarkTrustees
Royal Conservatoire of ScotlandFiona Pendreigh
Sound SensePhilip Flood
Trinity College LondonRichard Hallam
Youth Music