KMH collaborates on a regular basis with NGOs, institutions and businesses at local, regional, national and international levels.
It allows music to face completely different areas such as technology, finance, medicine and health, etc.. It also allows interaction through music at different levels, from different cultures, from different genres, etc.
KMH also interacts with the outside community in the context of regular studies, e.g. through extramural courses and study programmes, as well as offering independent courses both locally and in the form of distance education.
KMH receives many exchange students from various countries. Under the Nordplus and Erasmus programmes KMH has established a network for student and teacher exchange with several European cities. In addition, the Linnaeus-Palme International Exchange Programme facilitates and finances such co-operation with higher education institutions in developing countries.
Together with Sida (the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency), KMH has participated in development co-operation projects. KMH is also involved in ongoing long-term collaborations with South Africa and China, among others.
KMH is actively involved in several international organisations, such as ANMA (the Association of Nordic Music Academies), ABAM (the Association of Baltic Academies of Music) and AEC (the Association of European Conservatories).