The Adult Education Association of Music in Norway (AEAM) is a NGO, governmentally approved adult learning association. AEAM is member of the Norwegian Association for Adult Learning (NAAL).
AEAM is an umbrella organization which consists of 32 national voluntary organizations - all dealing with music; however in different genres. These organizations comprise about 140 000 individual members and made approximately 6 000 courses with about 83 500 participants in 2018.
AEAM receives governmental support.
Through a legal system of criteria, AEAM supports the organizations and their groups / ensembles economically.
AEAM has a central administration in Oslo and has autonomous regional offices in all counties of Norway.
The aim of AEAM
The aim of AEAM is
- to arrange and co-ordinate adult education in music, acting on behalf of music organizations in matters of music policy
- to promote non formal adult learning (lifelong learning) within the field of culture - particularly music
- to emphasize the importance of the non-formal adult learning in relation to creating better individual lives, building local communities in which the inhabitants are thriving.
- to ensure the high quality of the learning which takes place through the rehearsals of the ensembles (e.g. choirs, orchestras, rock bands, jazz bands)