History


        The SEADOM Association grew out of an initial idea by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sugree Charoensook, Dean of the College of Music, Mahidol University to hold a conference of Asian music administrators where ideas, friendships, and collaborations could be formed. This original meeting was held at the campus of the College of Music, Mahidol University on 12-13 July, 2008. The original invitations to the meeting were extended throughout Asia, but the responses of interest were most strong in Southeast Asia, and that group decided that Southeast Asia should be the focus of attention for the association as it moved forward.
        Since 2008, SEADOM congresses have met in Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. In 2012, the association selected its first pro-tem council who would continue initial association organization going forward. Prof. Bernard Lanskey, Director of Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore was selected the first association group president. In 2013, a SEADOM office was established at Mahidol University with the support of funding secured by Dr Sugree Charoensook from the Thai government. In 2014, SEADOM became registered as an official association in Thailand. In 2017, SEADOM was recognized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat as the first music-related NGO to be associated with ASEAN.
        Today SEADOM has over 70 members in all 10 countries in Southeast Asia and continues to work towards its core mission and aims for the good of musicians from the region.