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Call For Papers

Innovation In Music celebrate their 10 year anniversary in 2023 and we 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.


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 any way, please contact us at:


​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.

Abstracts should be submitted via the online submission portal by 05 February 2023:

Innovation In Music Conference 2023

Edinburgh Napier University, UK

30 June - 2 July 2023

Dates and Deadlines

  *   05 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

Conference Chair – Dr Dave Hook – Edinburgh Napier University

Conference Vice-Chair – Dr Paul Harkins – Edinburgh Napier University

Conference Vice-Chair – 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

Equality and Diversity


All involved in the organisation of Innovation In Music are committed to encouraging fairness, equality and diversity throughout our event, in terms of the organisational structure, the invited participants and in the encouragement of presenters and paper authors. We welcome anyone interested in the conference themes to engage with us and join us in building a sustainable conference that can represent all corners of the music related industries.

Further Information

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


You can also follow @InMusicConf on Twitter for communications and updates, as well as visit our Facebook page at:​

For any other enquiries please email:

Past Conferences

The website from our most recent conference, Innovation In Music 2022, hosted by Royal College of Music, Stockholm, can be viewed here


Below are a number of keynote films from our past Innovation In Music Conferences held at York St John University & University of York (2013), Anglia Ruskin University (2015) and University of Westminster (2017).

Download programmes and abstracts for past conferences:

Innovation In Music 2022 - Royal College of Music, Stockholm:    conference programme

Innovation In Music 2019 - University of West London:     conference programme

Innovation In Music 2017 - University of Westminster:     conference programme     conference abstracts

Innovation In Music 2015 - Anglia Ruskin University:     conference programme

Innovation In Music 2013 - York St John University and  University of York:     conference programme

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