Profiting from strong international networks

The Chair and Centre can build on the extensive international and interdisciplinary network already developed since 2015. Indeed, since 2017 - building on the incubation support provided by the Ghent University and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ghent in 2015-2016 - the international research network SIMM was established ( This was especially made possible thanks to the financial input of the Fund Baillet-Latour, Fondation Futur 21 and the Flemish Government. The SIMM network organises and conducts annual international symposia and seminars for scientists and practitioners active in social music projects.

Since 2020, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Ghent has been actively involved in a 3-year international comparative research project in this field: Dr. An De bisschop leads the research in Belgium (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels) and studies what motivates musicians to get involved in social music projects, and what their needs are in terms of training and support [1]. This international research continues in collaboration with leading institutions such as the Guildhall School of Music (London), the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) and the Fundación Universitaria Juan N Corpas (Bogota). This 3-year research will present its findings in December 2022. In Flanders and Belgium, the research is co-financed by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) [2] and SIMM [3].

In terms of its future research programme, we can also count on the keen interest of the Guildhall School of Music with whom we discuss the possibility of developing a co-doctoral agreement. The Guildhall School is the internationally respected London based music conservatory with which the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Ghent already develops the international comparative research programme on musicians engaged in social music projects.

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Based on strong local networks in Flanders and Belgium

Local networks were also established in advance of its creation, because important music centres decided to become co-founders as well as 'hubs' of the Chair Jonet and its centre CESAMM: DeSingel for the region of Antwerp, Concertgebouw Brugge for West Flanders, Klara Festival and Brussels Philharmonic for the Brussels region, Musica Impuls Centre for Music for Limburg, and Handelsbeurs and De Centrale for East Flanders. They intervene financially and will compose our Community of Practice Liaison Board, as they will make sure that practitioners of social and community music projects are regularly invited to meet and exchange with the team of the Chair and Centre on the needs of training and research in this field.

The Ghent University Association Research platform, the KVAB Forum [1] and national governmental (e.g. FWO [2]) funding schemes will also be involved in helping to support and develop the Chair and Centre for social music-making.

The steering committee can foresee a consultation with the donors for the evaluation and possible extension of the chair.

[1] Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België -

[2] Flanders Research Foundation -