Music Encoding Initiative

The Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) is a community-driven effort to define a system for encoding musical documents in a machine-readable structure. MEI brings together specialists from various music research communities, including technologists, librarians, historians, and theorists in a common effort to define best practices for representing a broad range of musical documents and structures. The results of these discussions are formalized in the MEI schema, a core set of rules for recording physical and intellectual characteristics of music notation documents expressed as an eXtensible Markup Language (XML) schema. It is complemented by the MEI Guidelines, which provide detailed explanations of the components of the MEI model and best practices suggestions.

MEI is hosted by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz.

If you want to become an active MEI member, you are invited to read more about the community and then join us on the MEI-L mailing list.

MEI is sponsored by the following Institutional Members:


Call for organization for MEC 2020

Posted Apr 16, 2018

The MEI Board invites proposals for the organization of the 8th edition of the annual Music Encoding Conference, to be held in 2020.

Registration open for MEC 2018

Posted Mar 8, 2018

The registration to the Music Encoding Conference 2018, 22-25 May 2018 at the University of Maryland is now open!

Music Encoding Conference (MEC) venues 2018 and 2019

Posted Aug 4, 2017

The venues and dates of the two forthcoming Music Encoding Conferences (MEC) have been announced.