International Society of Music Education World Conference 2016

ISME Conference, Glasgow, 24th-29th July 2016

Music: for Identity, for Well-being, for Justice

Call for Paper and Performance submissions

The International Society for Music Education is holding its 32nd World Conference from 24th – 29th July 2016 in Glasgow. The conference expects to attract around 2,000 delegates. The programme will consist of keynotes, presentations, workshops, symposia and poster presentations. A full music festival will run alongside conference activities which will feature musicians from many ISME member countries.

ISME is a worldwide organisation that seeks to celebrate the diverse ways that people engage with, and develop in and through, music. Founded in 1953, ISME represents an international, interdisciplinary, intercultural network of professionals who strive to understand and promote music learning across the lifespan. We share a commitment to culture, education, conservation and the durable development of our cultural heritage, and to evidence-based policy and practice. Further information about ISME can be found at

Come and connect with musicians and music educators who can play an important role in your future. Whatever your sphere of interest, traditional or contemporary in any culture, you’ll find something to whet your musical appetite.

Please visit our official website for more information

Keynote speakers confirmed so far:

Joan Armatrading

Evelyn Glennie

Darren Henley

There are several ways to get involved with ISME 2016.


A full music festival will run throughout the duration of the conference encompassing performances from all genres of music including classical, pop and Jazz. We are keen to showcase a wide variety of talent and so encourage you to consider being part of this exciting programme. Performance submissions are now open and can be completed via the ISME 2016 website

Deadline 25th September 2015


The ISME annual world conference is an incredible opportunity for educators and practitioners to exchange knowledge on a global scale. We are looking for workshops, symposia, papers and posters that will explore the conference theme and stimulate discussion. Paper submissions are now open. Please check our website for more information.

Please note every presenter or co-presenter must be an individual ISME member at the time of submission, at the time of acceptance and at the time of presenting. Details of how to become an ISME member can be found at


Exhibitor space will be available to hire at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall throughout the conference. Your company’s presence at the exhibition will give you an opportunity to engage with delegates on a more personal level and to promote the work you do to a global audience.

Please contact Sharleen at to reserve a space.


One of the most comprehensive ways to engage with ISME 2016 is to attend as a delegate. As previously mentioned you will be treated to both an exciting array of papers, symposia, workshops and posters as well as a full concert programme catering to a wide variety of tastes. Visit our website for more information on fees including ‘early bird’ discounts.