Music is a significant part of many cultures that leads them to creative expression and ultimately it brings individuals and communities together.

PASMAE serves music educators across Africa, by running conferences and sub-regional conferences, by assisting to preserve music and culture in African countries, by publishing and disseminating research, by supporting practical musicians in the sharing of resources and best practice methods.

PASMAE is an advocate for music and musical arts in Africa, giving support in the form of advocacy materials to individual music educators as well as institutions at all levels.

The Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) was initially founded as PASME, the Pan African Society for Music Education, in Zimbabwe in August 2000. The first edition of the newly named PASMAE Constitution and Bylaws was approved at the conference in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001. PASMAE has gone from strength to strength over the past 17 years.