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Music Mark Annual Conference 2021

  • 2nd December 2021 - 10th January 2022
  • Hilton Metropole, Brighton, and online

Our Annual Conference takes place as a hybrid event this year, combining both in-person and digital elements. Our live conference took place on  2 – 3 December 2021 at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton, but our conference microsite remains available until 10 January.

If you missed out on attending our live conference, Virtual tickets are still available to book, giving you online access until 10 January to: 

  • Recordings of all conference sessions which took place on the Main Stage, including our keynote presentations, panel discussions, Hot Topic debate and more
  • Our collection of On Demand videos, on a variety of topics from embedding EDI, to live-streaming tips
  • All accompanying session resources provided by presenters and speakers
  • Information and exclusive promotions from our Industry Partners in the Virtual Exhibition
  • An invite to our online post-conference coffee morning via Zoom on 10 December

All delegates can access the above until 10 January via our conference site at using their unique login.

Fast Forward: Technology and Music Education 

Kris Halpin & Oliver Cross 

This year’s theme is Technology And Music Education. Technology is a key element of all aspects of music education – as an instrument, as a learning and teaching tool, as well as supporting administration and communication. With this theme we explore how to take advantage and harness the power of technology to support and enhance the work of a 21st Century Music Education sector.

After running our first ever digital conference in 2020, this year’s event will incorporate some of our favourite digital elements, such as the Virtual Exhibition, On Demand videos, and the ability for delegates to attend virtually, into the traditional conference format.

Meet our host!

This year’s Annual Conference host is BISHI – singer, electronic rock-sitarist, composer, producer, and performer. BISHI is also the founder of WITCiH: The Women in Technology Creative Industries Hub, a platform elevating Womxn in Tech, giving her a unique perspective on our conference exploring technology and music education. As a passionate advocate for inclusivity in the music industry & the gender equality of women in tech, we are so thrilled to have BISHI take part in this year’s annual conference as host and keynote speaker.

Find out more about BISHI and her work.


With Technology and Music Education as our theme, we explore how it can support and enhance our work within the world of Music Education with a combination of practical sessions, breakout groups, networking discussions, presentations, and panels. Download our full conference programme (PDF).

This year for our hybrid conference, we are joined by three talented keynote speakers; BISHI, Warren Knight, and Kris Halpin.

Kris Halpin is a musician, producer, educator, and activist. He is also a disabled person, and inclusion is at the heart of everything he does. He makes music as Dyskinetic, mostly with Mi~Mu Gloves. Warren Knight is a technology entrepreneur and an award winning virtual keynote speaker. He has dedicated much of his career to helping leaders understand the role of technology in business success. Find out more about our keynote speakers – Warren, Kris, and BISHI.

Keeping safe 

Music Mark 2021 delegates

Gary Griffiths – author of Music Unlocked – has put together a document called ‘Conference Unlocked’ about the measures we put in place to manage the risks associated with hosting a gathering of this size.

The full Covid risk assessment for this conference is available on request and may be adopted as a template by members for their own events.

Download Conference Unlocked. 


Attend this event

Our live conference has now passed, but Virtual tickets are available to buy and will give you online access to our virtual conference content until 10 January.

  • Young Persons & Full Time Student Virtual Only Ticket (post live conference) – for delegates under 25 years old and those in full-time education. – £50 +VAT for members, £80 +VAT for non-members

Please note, live interactive content (e.g. participating in live Q&As, polls etc.) is not available with post-conference tickets. 

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