News and events

Call for organization for MEC 20202018-04-16 12:00:00 +0000

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

You will find more information about the hosting guidelines at Proposals have to be sent by August 1st 2018.

Registration open for MEC 20182018-03-08 12:08:18 +0000

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

Head to the conference webpage for registering and accessing information about the program, travel and accommodation.

Please note that early bird registration ends on April 22nd. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Music Encoding Conference (MEC) venues 2018 and 20192017-08-04 12:08:18 +0000

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

2018: 22 May to 25 May 2018, University of Maryland, College Park, USA

The Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library (MSPAL) and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will host the Music Encoding Conference, May 22 - 25, 2018, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, USA. The University of Maryland’s profile as a top-ranked public research institution, its vibrant music and performing arts culture, and its geographical proximity to Washington DC, make UMD an excellent venue for MEC.

2019: 29 May to 1 June 2019, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Mozart Institute of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and the Department of Musicology at the University of Vienna will jointly sponsor the 2019 conference, which will be held at the University of Vienna, in Vienna, Austria, May 29 - June 1, 2019. As the “world capital of music”, a leading center of research, and a university city, Vienna is an ideal location for the conference.

Additional information about deadlines for submitting proposals, the organization of the conferences, etc. will be published early. Everyone interested in music encoding and related fields of work is welcome!

MEI Workshop Announcement2017-07-21 12:08:18 +0000

A free, three-day, hands-on MEI workshop will be offered Monday, October 2nd 2017 at the University of Virginia Library in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Led by members of the Music Encoding Initiative Board and Technical Team, the workshop will consist of two parallel tracks – “Introduction to MEI” and “Advanced MEI”.

“Introduction to MEI” In this track, those new to MEI will learn how to use the Music Encoding Initiative for research, teaching, electronic publishing, and management of digital collections. Major topics include

Each day will include lectures, hands-on encoding practice, and opportunities to address participant specific issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring example material they would like to encode. No previous experience with MEI or XML is required for this track, but an understanding of music notation and other markup schemes, such as TEI and HTML, will be helpful.

“Advanced MEI” The intended audience for this track is software developers interested in creating software for authoring, editing, converting, querying, and rendering encoded music data. Topics to be covered include

Proficiency in one or more programming languages as well as significant experience with music notation and XML development are required for participation in the advanced track. Due to the generous support of the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, there is no cost for attending the workshop. However, each participant must bear his/her own travel, housing, and food costs.

Light refreshments will be provided. To register, visit (for the introductory track) or (for the advanced track) before September 1, 2017. The number of participants is limited, so register early! Please address questions to

Program of the Music Encoding Conference 20172017-03-14 12:08:18 +0000

The program of the conference is now available. See

MEI Board: Call for candidates2016-11-21 12:08:18 +0000

On December 31, 2016, the terms of three MEI board members will come to an end. The entire Board wishes to thank Axel Teich Geertinger, Eleanor Selfridge-Field, and Johannes Kepper for their dedication to the MEI community.

Additional gratitude is due Johannes for his leadership as Chair of the Board. In order to fill these soon-to-be-vacant positions, elections must be held. The election process will take place in accordance with the Music Encoding Initiative By-Laws.[1]



The selection of Board members is an opportunity for each of you to have a voice in determining the future of MEI. Keep MEI open!

Benjamin Bohl MEI Elections Officer 2016 by appointment of the MEI-Board

[1] The By-laws of the Music Encoding Initiative are available online at:

MEC 2017 Call for Proposals Published2016-10-14 12:08:18 +0000

The call for proposals for the Music Encoding Conference 2017 is now live! Proposals for papers, posters, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops are encouraged.

Save the date: MEC 20172016-05-26 12:08:18 +0000

Now it is official: The Music Encoding Conference 2017 will take place from May 16th-19th, 2017 at the Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR) based at the Université François-Rabelais Tours.

MEC 2016 Call for Proposals Published2015-07-21 12:08:18 +0000

The call for proposals for the Music Encoding Conference 2016 is now live! 

Proposals for papers, posters, panel discussions, and pre-conference workshops are encouraged. As well, we’ve updated the important dates for the conference: 31 October 2015: Deadline for abstract submissions 15 December 2015: Notification of acceptance of submissions 17 May 2016: Pre-conference workshops 18-19 May 2016: Conference 20 May 2016: Un-conference Day Watch the Conference webpage for more information as it comes available.

Save the date: Music Encoding Conference 20162015-06-17 12:08:18 +0000

The Music Encoding Conference 2016 (17-20 May 2016) is being held at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montréal, Canada. Information about the conference program, venues, and accommodations will be posted to the official conference website.