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Music Mark Annual Conference 2023

  • 27th November - 28 November 2023
  • The Ageas Bowl Stadium, Southampton

Join us in Southampton this November for Music Mark’s 10th birthday conference to learn, network, and be inspired as we celebrate dynamism in music education and explore what the next decade holds for the sector. Bookings for the 2023 conference have now closed.

What to Expect

Our programme features a range of exciting sessions including Dave Coplin’s Keynote on AI and creativity, a panel session on making primary music teaching more dynamic, and TiME (Technology in Music Education UK) will show you some of the latest innovations in music technology. Read the full Conference Programme to explore all the exciting sessions we have planned. Across the two days, expect keynote presentations, breakout sessions, workshops, panel discussions, the very first Music Mark Awards, and more – all exploring dynamism within and beyond the music education sector. Many sessions are designed and delivered by Music Mark members so you can keep up with the latest best practice, learn from your peers, and gain insights from industry experts across the UK.

Take a look at the July blog from Music Mark’s CEO, Bridget Whyte, to find out which topics she is most excited to explore at this year’s conference, from virtual reality to future industry pathways.

Follow Music Mark on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for programme and speaker updates, schedule information, and the latest #MMConference23 news.

Your Ticket Includes:

  • All conference sessions on the days you attend (tickets are either for the full two days or Tuesday-only, see below)
  • An engaging exhibition from industry specialists ready to demonstrate how their products and services can support your music education practice and the young people you work with
  • Refreshments and lunch 
  • Optional 1-1 advice sessions with music education consultants and sector experts
  • Conference dinner on Monday evening to celebrate 10 years of Music Mark, spend time with colleagues, and watch the presentation of the Music Mark Awards (included in all tickets except Tuesday-only).
  • On-demand digital content and exhibitor directory on the conference website.

The Music Mark Awards

Taking place during the Conference Dinner on 27 November, this year we’ll be hosting the first ever Music Mark Awards! With four categories all celebrating dynamism in music education, these awards will shine a spotlight on some of the innovative and exciting work being delivered by our members across the UK.


Music Mark is committed to providing a safe and accessible event. Find out more about accessibility at the Hilton At The Ageas Bowl here.

We would like to encourage everyone to join us at our Annual Conference but understand that you may be experiencing barriers to attendance. If you’d like to join us in Southampton this November but have concerns – whether that’s accessibility, financial hardship, or something else – please get in touch with us using this form so we can have a confidential discussion about how we might support your attendance.

If you are planning on including a hotel stay as part of your attendance, we have a limited number of accessible rooms available on the conference site at the Hilton Ageas bowl (email for more information). Otherwise, the 300-metre route from the Hilton to the Holiday Inn is along a well-lit road (with pavement). The route requires crossing a relatively quiet roundabout and members of the Music Mark team will be available to accompany any colleagues to the hotel should they need assistance.


We are committed to understanding and reducing the environmental impact of our Annual Conference and are taking positive steps in our event planning to ensure we are making sustainable choices and providing options for our delegates to do the same.

We’ll be sharing more information about this over the coming months.

Bookings for the conference have now closed.

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