Call for Submissions

We are sorry that you missed the deadline to submit a proposal for the 36th ISME World Conference. However, you still have the opportunity to present at one of the eight pre-conferences and attend the world conference. You have until November 1st to submit your work. If your full paper is accepted to one of the pre-conferences, you will be invited to present your work as a poster in the world conference. We would love to have you join us!

The International Society for Music Education (ISME) invites submissions for the 36th World Conference from July 28th to August 2nd, 2024. 

The 2024 ISME World Conference aims to foster global understanding and co-operation among the world’s music educators. By strengthening ties and sharing ideas about diverse aspects and issues within music education, the 2024 ISME World Conference helps to promote music education worldwide for people of all ages.

The theme for the 2024 ISME World Conference is Advocacy for Sustainability in Music Education.

Music education has a crucial role in advancing the wellbeing of the individual, community and society. The uncertain times further highlight the importance of envisioning, exploring, and advocating for the many opportunities music education can offer for enhancing a sense of belonging, equity, and inclusion as well as ecological sustainability. What can we learn from the other arts, Indigenous traditions, and past and emerging musical practices around the world in our efforts of advancing resilient societies and ecosystems? And how could we ensure equitable access to music learning opportunities and participation within the wide variety of musics? The 36th World Conference provides a platform that invites music educators and other stakeholders to ask novel questions, imagine ways forward, and create new partnerships for change. The conference will open avenues to explore a sphere of possibilities for pursuing and advocating for sustainability in and through music education.

In addition to the World Conference each of the eight ISME Commissions will hold their own Pre-conference seminars in the week prior to the world conference. 

Proposals for papers, posters, symposia, and workshops are invited from participants worldwide. ISME encourages submissions that align with the conference theme Advocacy for Sustainability in Music Education from researchers and practitioners at all career stages including graduate students and early career professionals.

Key dates

Call for submissionsOpens April 25th, 2023
Closes October 2nd, 2023 
Extended deadline October 13th
Acceptances January 31st, 2024
Call for performance submissionsOpens April 25th, 2023
Closes September 15th, 2023
Acceptances October 15th, 2023
Pre-conference seminars submissionOpens May 15th, 2023
Closes November 1st, 2023
Acceptances February 28th, 2024

Before starting your submission, please read carefully the instructions in Key Submission Information and Guidelines for Authors

The extended deadline for the Call for Submissions is October 13th, 2023, at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

If you have questions regarding the submission process, please e-mail ISME 2024 Conference Office at For academic questions, please email For queries relating to membership or other general information, please email