Call for Music

ISMIR 2022 invites submissions of music/sound art works for the concert program during the conference week. Like the conference, the concert will be held in a hybrid format. The call is open to all composers, technologists, and performers for inclusion in the conference’s concert program. Submissions demonstrating applications of music information retrieval, computational musicology, human computer interaction, machine accompaniment, call-response, ethical hacking, cultural diversity in non-Eurogenetic music are highly encouraged.

Important dates

  • Submission portal opening: Jul 10, 2022
  • Submission deadline: Jul 31, 2022 Aug 9, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance: Aug 15, 2022
  • Music author grant application deadline: Aug 19, 2022
  • Notification of Music author grant: Aug 24, 2022
  • Performance-ready submission deadline: Oct 31, 2022

Music author grants

Music Author Grants are available for the authors of accepted submissions to the ISMIR 2022 music program. The grants include 100% or 50% registration fee waivers and are awarded based on quality of the accepted music submission, the degree of financial need, the applicant’s newness to ISMIR, and the applicant’s geographical diversity.

For detailed information on grants, please refer to:


This year, music from any genre and in any formats is invited for submission. However, to make it a good fit for a hybrid format and make it more interesting, we propose the following themes that participants are encouraged to explore, but of course not limit to:

  • Recorded Ensemble: Participants form teams to record ensemble performances to submit. (i) Networked offline — performers in different locations can pre-record each track and assemble it with others’ tracks by post editing, to perform as if the performances were played at the same time; (ii) Networked live — participants can also select to do a live performance using specialized audio streaming software (like Jacktrip, Soundjack) providing the audio to a multiple screen chat application like Zoom. The accepted submissions will be played back on-site as well as broadcast live.
  • Live Ensemble: Participants form teams to compose ensemble performances that can be performed live. A recording of the edited ensemble has to be submitted for review, however, the accepted works will be performed live on-site and broadcast live.
  • Creative Visuals for Music: Participants are encouraged to apply creative visual effects to accompany music. This includes but is not limited to AI-powered visual effects (e.g., facial distortion, video filtering) synced with music contents, animations or fictions, body performances, movements and gestures, etc.
  • Adaptations to Post-pandemic Era: Participants are encouraged to create musical/sound art works that emphasizes the adaptations innovated during the mandated home studio setups with limited resources.


The concert program will be held in a hybrid format consisting of live performance for the on-site attendees and a live online streaming for the virtual attendees. Live comments will be enabled to encourage interactions. For broadcast of pre-recorded videos, performers are expected to be present to interact with audiences in the live chat window.

Submission guidelines

The submission of music works should consist of:

  • A submission proposal with description of the performance in the form of program notes (text) and technical rider (pdf)
  • Video/audio performance of the piece, as .mp4, .mov, .wav, .aif, .flac format with file size < 100MB or an online link (preferably).
    • For non-live performance, the video file will be broadcast during the concert.
    • For live performance, please also submit a video/audio of a previous performance along with descriptions of implementation details of the live streaming.

After notification of acceptance, all participants have a chance to further edit the uploaded material to make a performance-ready submission. The video should be self-explanatory with some post-processed titles and subtitles, since there will be no commenter during the broadcast. Original audio submissions should be converted to video format with a meaningful visual component.

Only one submission per participant will be accepted. Pieces have to be shorter than 10 minutes. The submission is not anonymous. The proposals and video performances will be submitted through the CMT system for a light review. There is no guarantee that all submissions will be accepted for the program. Please note the submission proposal is for informative purposes for the selection and will not be included in the conference proceedings. The artist must hold the copyright of submitted materials to be used in ISMIR 2022.

Submission site:

Each accepted music submission needs to be covered by an in-person registration (student or full, as appropriate) by the early bird deadline(Aug 31, 2022). If the authors of the music submission are already ISMIR paper authors and have registered for the conference, their music submission can be covered with the same registration. Kindly indicate in the submission form if the first author of a submission is a student author.


Questions can be directed via email to

Best Regards,

Music Program Chairs (Kaustuv Kanti Ganguli, Sumitra Ranganathan)

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