New Interfaces for Musical Expression

June 15-18, 2021, at New York University Shanghai, in Shanghai, China

Call For Music

NIME 2021 invites submission of proposals that showcase New Interfaces for Musical Expression in performance and composition. We look forward to receiving submissions that expand and reshape our understanding of NIME in the conceptualization, performance, and perception of music.

Typical NIME performance pieces last for 5-15 minutes, however, proposals for shorter or longer performances will also be accepted. Submissions can be for existing works as well as proposals for new ones. Due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, submissions that focus on novel forms of online performance will be given special consideration. We highly welcome submissions from authors from under-represented communities along the lines of race, sex, gender, gender identity, age, ability, socio-economic background or status in and outside of academia.

If a music submission is selected for performance at NIME, proposing artists are expected to be available to perform their work on any day of the conference. The NIME 2021 organization is unable to consider requests for musical performances to happen on specific days.

Please contact the music chairs with any questions regarding the suitability of a potential NIME performance submission.

Music Review Process:

Given the nature of music submissions, we understand that full anonymity may be difficult to achieve without compromising the supporting material. However, contributors should meet these basic criteria of anonymization:

  • Avoid any trace of the authors’ names and affiliations in the written material.
  • Use PubPub’s built-in media uploader to host video, audio or image files.
  • Identity and affiliations of the author(s) should not be mentioned in the title, description or opening/closing credits of the submitted media.

The review process is as follows:

  1. Each submission will be assigned to, at least, 3 reviewers for independent evaluation.
  2. A meta-reviewer will moderate a discussion amongst the reviewers, write a summary review, and recommend whether to accept or reject the performance.
  3. The music chairs will make the final decision on acceptance and will inform the authors of their decision along with the reviewers’ comments.
Submission Guide:

Music proposals should be created through Pubpub and follow the exact format and guidelines outlined in the music submission template. After creating the proposal on PubPub, a link to it should be shared through the NIME 2021 conference management system (the system will open in early December). In addition, authors will be asked to provide artist bio(s) through a separate entry field of the online submission form.

Important Dates

Paper, music and installation submission deadline
January 22nd, 2021
Final submission upload deadline
January 31st, 2021
Work-In-Progress Showcases and Workshops submission deadline
March 1st, 2021
Notification of acceptances and rejections
March 15th-19th, 2021
Early-bird registration deadline
April 4th, 2021
Camera ready submission and presenter registration deadline
April 10th, 2021
Pre-conference workshops
June 14th, 2021
The Conference
June 15th-18th, 2021


NYU Shanghai