News and events

Registration open for MEC 20192019-03-01 08:30:00 +0000

The registration to the Music Encoding Conference 2019, 29 May to 1 June 2019 at the University of Vienna 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 1 April. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

For more information please visit

Extended deadline for CfP MEC 20192018-12-06 08:30:00 +0000

The Music Encoding Conference 2019 calls for paper, poster, panel, and workshop proposals to be submitted by the extended deadline of 16 December 2018.

For more information please visit

MEI 4.0 Schema Released2018-11-01 12:00:00 +0000

The Board of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) is pleased to announce the availability of the MEI 4.0 Schema. The MEI is an international collaborative effort to capture the semantics of music notation documents as machine-readable data. For more information about MEI, please visit

This release comes after two years of extensive community consultation and development, and we thank all of the contributors in the community who have provided valuable input, feedback, critique, and development.

These conversations have resulted in the most collaborative music notation schema in history. Although there have been many music notation formats, few have achieved broad consultation and feedback, and even fewer have been co-developed in consultation with such a broad spectrum of stakeholders, from industry partners to librarians, publishers to researchers, and computer scientists to digital humanists. It is our sincere hope that we are able to grow and maintain these collaborations into the future.

Although we are releasing the schema today, there is still work to be done. Along with this release, we are seeking help from the community in updating the guidelines, documentation, tools, and tutorials.

The release of the schema represents the beginning of a transition period, where we will be asking contributors to help us write and expand our documentation, and make MEI more broadly accessible to newcomers and specialists. Over the next few months the technical team will be organizing documentation development “sprints” where we hope members of the community will help contribute content updated to the new specification.

The dates for these sprints will be announced on the MEI-L, and members of the technical team will be available on the MEI Slack channel for consultation and discussion during the sprints. It is our goal to present MEI 4.0, both schema and documentation, to the community at the 2019 Music Encoding Conference in Vienna.

For an overview of the changes in MEI 4.0, please see the Release Notes available on GitHub:

A detailed overview of the changes in the schema are available here:

Call for proposals for MEC 20192018-10-29 12:00:00 +0000

The call for the Music Encoding Conference 2019 is now online! Submissions for papers, posters, panels, and workshops concerning development or application of music encodings in work and research are highly welcomed.

For more information please visit

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.