We are a unique platform for students and emerging professionals to actively exchange ideas, present their research, and expand their network.

Initially called ‘Arts Management Student Conference’, the event was launched in January 2018 by a group of students based at Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany. In 2019, it was given a new name  ACMC – Arts & Cultural Management Conference and a new branding that is still used nowadays. It was an initiative led by students for students. While ACMC is now engaging with emerging professionals as well, the focus should always be on students’ participation.

The conference started with a strong cooperation with The Association for Cultural Management (Fachverband Kultur Management). However, over the years, it has changed its network of partners while remaining autonomous. The 2021 edition was a joint initiative with ENCATC – the European network on cultural management and policy. In 2022 it will be our 5 years anniversary. We would like to celebrate with you in Bilbao with Deusto University.


The organization teams of the conference change every year giving students and emerging professionals from across Europe a chance to lead an extraordinary international platform. So far it took place in Germany, Austria and The Netherlands… and online. Originally based in Europe, the 2021 ACMC event reached a global scale, involving presenters and audiences from multiple continents. We hope it will continue to grow in thematic range, number of participants and partners, with each new edition.  If you are interested in the lead next edition follows and you will find how to do it.


Is to create a space of exchanges of knowledge, experiences and dialogue for students, artists and early career professionals.


To expand our network year by year, exploring new chances and researching on new topics linked to the current context and its constraints. 


Cooperation (between students, emerging professionals and professionals of the cultural field). 

Innovation (searching always for new points of view and exchange of knowledge). 

Partnership (by creating links between different countries, contexts and people with diverse backgrounds). 

Creativity (developing skills and critical thinking along partners sharing common goals). 

Democratization (of arts and culture as essential rights of contemporary societies). 

Empowering new generations using digital tools and also organizational tasks for becoming better for the future soon to come. 

Developing communication skills by hearing others opinions and expressing our own view on current matters.