Society for Music Perception and Cognition

Upcoming Abstract Deadlines

April 28, 2021: WASPAA

April 30, 2021: ISPS

April 30, 2021: IAFPA

May 8, 2021: ISMIR

May 15, 2021: Audio Mostly

May 21, 2021: WUGSOM

June 1, 2021: SYSMUS21

June 8, 2021: Mirage

June 18, 2021: IAFPA (work-in-progress)

July 21, 2021: i3DA Special Session

August 31, 2021: IMSEA

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

To see archived past events, click here

(Events are ordered in ascending chronological order by conference date; semester-long events appear at the top)


Future Directions of Music Cognition

Originally scheduled for May 2020, “Future Directions” is part of the Music & Science Colloquium and Teaching Series (MASCATS),
a symposium series at The Ohio State University led by Lindsay WarrenburgLindsey Reymore, and Daniel Shanahan

Due to COVID, the conference has been reorganized as a set of events to take place in 2021: 

Virtual Speaker Series 
Mondays, Feb. 22-May 31, 2021
On zoom (see link for more information)

Virtual Conference (for accepted paper presentations) 
March 6-7, 2021
On zoom

Abstracts due: December 2019


Acoustical Society of America (ASA) Webinar Series

The Acoustical Society of America has established a Webinar Series with the goal to provide ongoing learning opportunities and engagement in acoustics by ASA members and nonmembers throughout the year, as a supplement to content presented at bi-annual ASA meetings.

ASA Webinars will be scheduled monthly and will include speakers on topics of interest to the general ASA membership and the broader acoustics community, including acoustical sciences, applications of acoustics, and careers in acoustics.

Monthly (usually Thursday at 4pm EDT)
Webinar website
ASA nonmembers are welcome 
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EARS: Electronic Auditory Research Seminars

A monthly auditory seminar series with the focus on central auditory processing and circuits. Please pre-register (for free) and tune in via Crowdcast (enter your email to receive the link for the talk).

Monthly (usually 1pm EDT)
Webinar website


Rayson Huang Lecture: Music Pre- and Post-Human 

April 28 & 30, 2021
Online (Hosted by University of Hong Kong)
Conference website

Invited Talks:

• April 28: Music, Science and Culture: How to Get from Solipsism to Sociality (Ian CROSS)
• April 28: Pre-Human, Post-Human, or Somewhere in Between? Locating Music after Humanism (Holly WATKINS)
• April 30: Scientific Studies of Human, Nonhuman, and Prehuman Musicality (Aniruddh PATEL)
• April 30: Radical Niche Construction, Embedded AI, and Some Meanings for Musicking (Gary TOMLINSON)


Expression Language Music

May 12-14, 2021
Lyceum Conference Center, Hartford, CT 
Conference website
Abstracts Due: December 9, 2019


15th International Symposium on Cognition and Musical Arts (SIMCAM)

May 25-28, 2021
Online (Hosted by Brazilian Association of Cognition and Musical Arts)
Conference website
Research Abstracts Due: March 14, 2021
Performances Due: April 18, 2021


Mechanics of Hearing (MOH) 2021 Online Event

This will be a precursor for the conference in 2022 where we will be able to meet and continue our discussions in person! We aim for an interactive discussion and the beginning of a collection of resources that will be available to the general public for the benefit of our field.

June/July 2021
Please sign up on mailing list for upcoming plans.
Conference Website


4th International Mobile Brain/Body Imaging (MoBI)

June 6-9, 2021
Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, University of California San Diego, California, USA
Abstracts Due: March 6, 2021.

Early-Bird Registration deadline: April 1st.
Conference website here
Contact: Co-organizer John Iversen (


MIRAGE Symposium #1: Computational Musicology

Computer technologies could potentially offer revolutionary tools to better understand and appreciate music. Although computer music research is a very active and productive area of research, algorithms are not yet able to comprehend the full richness of music. This symposium is an attempt to strengthen the dialogue between computer science and musicology, in both directions.

June 8-9, 2021
Hosted by MIRAGE Project & RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion
Virtual (zoom)
Symposium website here 
Calls for participation: Prior to June 8

Call for participation: Musicologists and computational music researchers are highly welcome to actively participate in the symposium, and, to begin with, in the discussions during the pre-symposium phase. This is an opportunity for musicologists in particular, but also computational music researchers, to express their needs, suggestions and perspectives. The objective is to foster discussion and potential collaborations. Based on the discussion, joint and individual presentations and/or panel discussion will be given during the afternoon of the second day of the symposium. After the symposium, ideas and investigations will be compiled in the form of an edited book as well as scientific publications.


The Neurosciences and Music – VII

Rescheduled: June 18-21, 2021
Hybrid format (onsite or online attendance)
Aarhus, Denmark
Organizers: Mariani Foundation, Center for Music in the Brain, Royal Academy of Music Aarhus/Aalborg.
Theme: Connecting with music across the lifespan
Abstracts Due: January 2020

Conference website here


RPPW 2021

The Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop
June 22-25, 2021
RITMO, University of Oslo
Abstracts Due: February 15, 2021

Conference website here


8th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM)

The 8th DLfM conference, to be held online, welcomes contributions related to any aspect of digital libraries and musicology, including topics related to musical archiving and retrieval, cataloguing and classification, musical databases, special collections, music encodings and representations, computational musicology, or music information retrieval (MIR). 

In Association with IAML 2021
July 28-30, 2021
Abstracts Due: March 29, 2021
Posters Due: April 26, 2021
Conference website here


16th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition/11th Triennial conference of ESCOM

July 28-31, 2021
Central Hub: The University of Sheffield, UK
Other Hubs: Australia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, India, Mexico, Poland, South Africa
Conference website
Abstracts Due: January 14, 2021


Western University Graduate Symposium on Music (WUGSOM)

The program committee invites graduate students of from all institutions and all disciplines to submit proposals for papers on any aspect of music, including but by no means limited to music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, music cognition, music education, composition, and performance. We welcome papers on any topic and encourage a diversity of excellence in research across many fields.

August 20-21, 2021
Host: University of Western Ontario 
Virtual (zoom)
Conference website
Abstracts Due: May 21st, 2021 4pm EST

Keynote: Dr. Phil Ewell (Hunter College, CUNY)


International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA) Conference

The International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (IAFPA) is the professional association for forensic scientists and researchers who analyse voices, speech and audio recordings.

August 22-25, 2021
Host: University of Marburg
Virtual (zoom)
Conference website
Oral Papers/Posters Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021
Work-in-progress posters Submission Deadline: June 18, 2021


International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research 2021 (ISAAR)

The topic of ISAAR 2021 is “The auditory system throughout life - Models, mechanisms and interventions.” The concept is to consider this topic from different perspectives, including current physiological concepts, perceptual measures and models, electrophysiology and neuroscience approaches, as well as implications for hearing devices and new technical applications.

August 23-27, 2021
Conference website

Invited Talks: 

The neural bases of age-related hearing loss (Charles Liberman, Daniel Polley, Karen Steel)
• The developing auditory system (Dan Sanes, Deniz Baskent, Teresa Ching)
• The aging auditory brain (Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Jonathan Simon, Björn Herrmann)
 Cognitive aging: Mechanisms and interventions (Stuart Rosen, Frank Lin, Diane Lazard)
• Rehabilitation and compensation strategies (Ruth Litovsky, Pamela Souza, Anna Warzybok, Tobias Neher)


Audio Mostly - Virtual Conference

Audio Mostly 2021 calls for Papers, Demos, Workshops, and Music & Installations on the topic of “Sonic experiences in the era of the Internet of Sounds.”
September 1-3, 2021
Conference website
Submissions Due: May 15, 2021
Early Registration Deadline: July 1, 2021


• Prof. Bob Sturm (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
• Prof. Marianna Obrist (University College London)
• Prof. Paola Cesari (University of Verona)


Ubiquitous Music Workshop (UbiMus 2021)

Ubiquitous Music is an interdisciplinary research area that combines methodologies from music, computer science, education, creativity studies, human sciences and engineering. Researchers working on ubiquitous music topics are invited to submit proposals, initial results and complete research projects. The workshop will adopt Portuguese, Spanish and English as working languages.

September 6-8, 2021
Eleventh Workshop on Ubiquitous Music (UbiMus 2021)
CARA, Matosinhos, Portugal (Hybrid conference)
Conference website
Abstracts and Music Submissions Due: March 22, 2021 Extended April 25
Full Paper Submission Due: July 21, 2021


Special Session on Six Degrees-of-Freedom audio @i3da

This special session will provide a venue for sharing the latest results and high-quality research ideas on all aspects of 3DoF+ and 6DoF audio at the International Conference on Immersive and 3D Audio (I3DA). Conference proceedings will be submitted to the IEEE Xplore Digital Library and SCOPUS.

September 8-10, 2021
International Conference on Immersive and 3D Audio (I3DA)
Bologna, Italy
Conference website
Abstracts Due: March 22, 2021
Full Paper Submission Due: July 21, 2021


International Symposium on Performance Science

The ISPS 2021 theme, Performance Health and Wellbeing, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on connections between performance, wellbeing and society. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange.

October 27-31, 2021
Schulich School of Music at McGill University
Montreal, Canada
Conference website
Abstracts Due: April 30, 2021


IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA 2021)

The ISPS 2021 theme, Performance Health and Wellbeing, is intended to encourage discussion and debate on connections between performance, wellbeing and society. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange.

October 17-20, 2021
Hybrid Onsite/Online
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY, USA
Conference website
Abstracts Due: April 28, 2021


SYSMUS21 - 14th International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology

Annual student-run events designed to allow advanced bachelors, masters, and PhD students in the fields of systematic musicology and music science to meet and discuss their research. Due to generous funding from Novo Nordisk Foundation, the conference fee will be very low — we expect less than 60 EUR. We invite presentations in the form of live talks, virtual talks, and poster presentations.

SysMus is dedicated to represent the diversity of topics and methods that are summarized under the umbrella term ‘systematic musicology’. Therefore, submissions addressing any of the following subjects are welcome (but not limited to these): Music perception, music cognition, music therapy, music modelling, music information retrieval, music sociology, music education, music technology, music and culture, music philosophy, music theory and analysis.

November 3-5, 2021
(With a Satellite Event on November 2)
Aarhus, Denmark (with virtual component)
Conference website
Abstracts Due: June 1, 2021


• Jonna Vuoskoski (RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, University of Oslo)
• Nori Jacoby (Computational Auditory Perception research group at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt)


22nd International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Annual Conference

We're very happy to announce our "Special Call for Papers on Cultural Diversity in MIR" at ISMIR 2021 to promote the cultural diversity of MIR research and the ISMIR community. Please see below for the details.

November 8-12, 2021
(Tutorials occur on November 7, 2021)


Tutorial Submissions Due: April 9, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
Final Tutorial Submissions Due: April 16, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
Abstract Submissions Due: May 8, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
Final Paper Submissions Due: May 15, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
Conference Website


14th Mechanics of Hearing (MOH) 2022

We're very happy to announce our "Special Call for Papers on Cultural Diversity in MIR" at ISMIR 2021 to promote the cultural diversity of MIR research and the ISMIR community. Please see below for the details.

July 24-29, 2022
Host: Konventum
Helsingør, Denmark
Conference Website


International Music Society Regional Association for East Asia (IMSEA) - Biennial Conference 2022

We welcome proposals from across various areas of music scholarship and beyond, including those reflecting historical, ethnographic, theoretical/analytical, sociological, and scientific methods. We would especially like to encourage presentations of an inter-disciplinary and/or inter-regional character. 

October 21-23, 2022
Host: Kyungpook National University
Daegu, Korea
Conference Website
Abstract Submission Due: August 31, 2021


• Nina Eidsheim (UCLA)
• Juyong Park (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)