Co-chairing organizations assist the MEP Group by providing advice and guidance and by making recommendations on the most advantageous options for its development; this includes advising on its role as facilitator in strengthening the field of music education policy internationally; as useful, international resource and meeting space for national decision-makers and advocates in the music education policy arena; and as a neutral platform for networking, dialogue and learning about the multifaceted systems, challenges and solutions in different countries as well as related issues in the broader music policy and arts education policy fields. Co-chairing organizations are national policy or advocacy organizations who have in-depth expertise in music education policy and bring different perspectives and approaches to bear on the MEP Group's development.

Arts Council England

"The Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts, museums and libraries in England. Our remit for ‘the arts’ includes a wide range of visual and performing artforms, music, dance, theatre and literature. We have funding responsibilities for regional museums, and a development role across libraries and the wider museums sector. We are sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in order to make the arts, and the wider culture of museums and libraries, an integral part of everyday public life, accessible to all, and understood as essential to the national economy and to the health and happiness of society. We work closely with the Department for Education to manage a portfolio of programmes which aim to improve standards, reach and sustainability of music and cultural education in England, following the recommendations of the National Plan for Music Education and Cultural Education Plan."

From: ACE 10-Year Strategic Framework

Hannah Fouracre

Hannah is director of music education at Arts Council England. She has been working in education and engagement with the Arts Council since 2008, during which time she has led on major projects including the establishment of Bridge Organisations in the East of England, and the capital build of the Royal Opera House Production Workshop. She has also worked closely with the Department for Education and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to deliver the National Plans for Music Education and Cultural Education, and overseen the development of the national network of Music Education Hubs. As Director for Music Education, she is responsible for overseeing the strategy and investment in a range of music education programmes and organisations.

Creative New Zealand

(replaced the Australia Council for the Arts as co-chair on 25 Feb 2020)

"Creative New Zealand is a Crown entity governed by the Arts Council. The council encourages, promotes and supports New Zealand arts to benefit all New Zealanders. It upholds the right to artistic freedom and promotes a New Zealand identity in the arts." (...) "We advocate and assist others to advocate on behalf of the arts to central and local government and to other interested parties. Our advocacy work includes carrying out research for the benefit of the arts sector; delivering other resources to the sector; encouraging the diverse artistic traditions and cultural heritage of our communities; and building an evidence base for public value of the arts."

From its website

Chris Archer

New Zealand music educator, pianist, organist, accompanist and composer, Chris Archer is passionate about music education. Chris is now Arts Practice Director - Music and Opera at Creative New Zealand, where he leads the organisation’s engagement with the music and opera sectors, providing strategic advice on the direction of both art forms and providing specialist knowledge to support Creative New Zealand's funding and investment decisions.

Chris completed his studies in composition and holds performance diplomas in piano and organ. He has written mainly for choral groups and has had works performed in New Zealand, Australia, North and South America and Europe. Chris has been a member of the NZCF Education Group and the SOUNZ Composers' Advisory Panel. He has also co-written several publications for use in New Zealand secondary schools, aimed at promoting and using New Zealand music in the classroom. Chris was also a coordinator for the publication Sound Arts and from 2004 – 2006, Chris was also contracted to the Ministry of Education as National Facilitator – Secondary Music.