cfp: Innovation in Music Conference 2023

Call for Papers: Innovation in Music Conference 2023

InMusic23: Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK: 30 June, 1 & 2 July 2023

Innovation In Music celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2023 and are excited to be heading to Edinburgh Napier University for our 10th year conference.

The InMusic23 conference theme is ‘You’re not supposed to do that’ with a focus on misuse and reuse; reimagining and repositioning; hybridisation and recontextualisation; and creating unique pathways and perspectives in music production, performance, technology and business.

Innovation often comes from rebellion, counterculture, thinking outside the box and inventive responses to established ideas. Challenge to existing positions, structures and formats can be the spark of inspiration that leads to meaningful change, advancement, creation or redesign. This can be true of art, technology, society, and culture. Taking the idea of ‘you’re not supposed to do that’ – i.e. alternative uses, perspectives, or approaches – as a starting point, we invite researchers and practitioners to submit proposals that reflect musical and audio innovation, creation, making or design through thinking differently.

This theme is intended purely as inspiration for potential submissions and will represent a major strand of the conference. However, we also welcome submissions that are more broadly related to ‘innovation in music’. All submissions will be considered equally regardless of their topic or focus.

​A Routledge book of the conference proceedings will be published after the event (subject to contract).

Innovation in Music therefore welcomes academics, creatives, producers, artists, industry professionals, technology developers and equipment manufacturers to come together and submit abstracts for consideration on the conference theme and a wider range of topics including:

​Innovative music creation and performance
Music production: past, present and future
Music technology innovation
Innovation in songwriting
Innovation in music business & the music industry
Cross-disciplinary topics around music and innovation

Paper abstracts of 300-500 words will be reviewed for inclusion in the conference programme. After the conference, presenting authors will be expected to submit a full paper for peer review and inclusion in the book of proceedings.
Proposals are also welcome for innovative or interactive performances, workshops and demonstrations appropriate to the conference scope. If you are interested in being involved in this regard, please clearly indicate this via an abstract, including in its title. These should all be submitted via the EasyChair online submission portal at

Dates and Deadlines

5 February 2023 – abstracts deadline
20 February 2023 – acceptance of abstracts sent to authors
20 February 2023 – early-bird registration opens
31 May 2023 – early-bird registration ends
30 June 2023 – conference opens
31 July 2023 – deadline for full chapters to be submitted


Conference Committee, Edinburgh:
Dr Dave Hook – Edinburgh Napier University
Renée Stefanie – Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Paul Harkins – Edinburgh Napier University
Dr Zack Moir – Edinburgh Napier University

Conference Committee, International:
Professor Jan-Olof Gullö – Royal College of Music (KMH), Sweden
Professor Justin Paterson – University of West London, UK
Russ Hepworth-Sawyer – MOTTOsound & York St John University, UK
Professor Rob Toulson – RT60 Ltd, UK

Further Information

We will subsequently be confirming full conference details (including fees) on the conference website:
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