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Music Mark Annual Conference 2021

  • 2nd December 2021 - 3rd December 2021
  • Hilton Metropole, Brighton, and online

We are so pleased to announce our 2021 Annual Conference will take place as a hybrid event this year, with our live conference taking place on  2nd – 3rd December 2021 at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton, and our virtual conference microsite going live on 26th November until January.

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Fast Forward: Technology and Music Education 

The theme for this year 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 will explore how to take advantage and harness the power of technology to support and enhance the work of a 21st Century Music Education sector.

See the full conference programme 

Why hybrid?

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.

Read more about our 2020 digital conference and watch our short highlight video.

Whilst allowing greater flexibility and accessibility with these virtual elements, after a year of on-screen meetings, teaching, and events, we and many of our members are very much looking forward to reuniting in person in Brighton, and meeting some new faces.

Meet our host!
A headshot of this year's conference host, BISHI

Photo credit: Frederic Aranda

This year’s Annual Conference will be hosted by BISHI – singer, electronic rock-sitarist, composer, producer, and performer. As a multi-instrumentalist, she has been trained in both Hindustani and Western Classical styles and studied the sitar under Gaurav Mazumdar, a senior disciple of Ravi Shankar.

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 that BISHI will be taking 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 will explore with a combination of practical sessions, breakout groups, networking discussions, presentations, and panels how it can support and enhance our work within the world of Music Education. Download our full conference programme.

This year for our hybrid conference, we are delighted to be 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.

Keeping safe 

We understand that some of  our delegates may be anxious about so many people from all over the UK (and maybe beyond) coming together, so Gary Griffiths – author of Music Unlocked – has put together a document called ‘Conference Unlocked’ about the measures we are taking to manage the risks. To keep everyone and our staff safe, we are asking our delegates to take a lateral flow test before arriving and welcome the wearing of masks.

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. 

Get involved 

Are you an Industry Partner of Music Mark? For this year’s hybrid event, we are looking forward to welcoming back exhibitors in person at our exhibition space in Brighton, as well as on our Virtual Conference platform once more.

Showcase your brand and connect with our delegates across the music education network both virtually (‘2D’) and in person (‘3D’) with our sponsorship packages and exhibition opportunities, now available to book. Find out more about this year’s exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.

Attend this event

Tickets are available to book at the following prices:

  • Young Persons & Full Time Student Ticket – for delegates under 25 years old and those in full-time education. £33 – £50 +VAT for members, £55 – £85 for non-members

Single day passes are also available.

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