AEC European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) 2024

Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

21 March – 23 March 2024

Call for proposals (Deadline: 19 November)

The European Platform for Artistic Research in Music (EPARM) is an initiative of the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), acting as a resource for Artistic Research in the specific  context of Higher Music Education: sharing knowledge, insights and outputs; promoting and  developing the discourse around Artistic Research; incubating new ideas and developments; and offering support and inspiration to AEC members.

The 11th EPARM conference welcomes music researchers, educators, performers and composers to a three-day exploration of artistic research in music at the Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

EPARM supports a pluralistic vision of Artistic Research, recognising different possible definitions, methods, and forms of dissemination. Nonetheless, at the core of all such research is the artistic practice itself, which functions not only as an  object of study, but as a source of significant questions and a means of pursuing original insights. It is an expectation that presentations at EPARM will include performance or the presentation of original work.

Presentations relating to any aspect of Artistic Research in music are welcomed at the 11th EPARM conference, but the peer review panel will prioritise presentations that give some consideration to one or more of the following:

  • Artistic Research in the Anthropocene;
  • Artistic Research in social contexts;
  • Our relationships with repertoires old and new explored through Artistic Research;
  • Holding theory and practice in balance in, or through, Artistic Research;
  • Interrogating the idea of ‘innovation’ in Artistic Research;
  • Developing open, critical and nurturing research cultures for Artistic Research.

To reflect the centrality of performance and musical creation in artistic research, the EPARM conference will include a special programme of performances and artistic presentation. Proposals are welcomed for short performances of a maximum of 30 minutes (including up to 10 minutes of introduction and/or contextualization for the audience), which are themselves the outcomes of artistic research. Such performances will be selected for a programme called Not-the-L8Nite Performances, with performers contributing to a moderated audience discussion following immediately after the performances. Proposals for the Not-the-L8Nite Performances should follow the specific requirements below.

To support the development of excellent Artistic Research at the masters and doctoral levels, joint applications are invited from students and their supervisors (or other institutional representative), where the supervisor will engage in a dialogue with the student and initiate a conversation with the conference delegates. Participants opting for this format should indicate this in their proposal (see below); students may also apply to present ‘solo’ in formats described above.

For the submission please use the template provided in the Documents section

Proposals for parallel sessions

Proposals for a 20 minutes presentation (including any performance or examples) followed by 10 minutes facilitated audience discussion should address a clear question or questions that are rooted in practice.

Proposals should be sent in Word format and should include the following:

  • Name of the presenter/s (including, if relevant, the supervisor in a student-supervisor dialogue)
  • Institution
  • 150-word biography
  • Title that effectively summarises the presentation for a general audience
  • A subtitle that gives the research question/focus area
  • 350-word description of the presentation, including:
    • A clearly articulated research question, issue or problem, relevant to artistic    practice in music
    • A clearly articulated and appropriately documented relationship between the artistic practice and the research
    • Evidence of a critical approach to method
  • For masters and doctoral students: an indication of whether you are applying with your supervisor and wish your session to be a student-supervisor dialogue; and a letter of support from your supervisor or institution.

Relevant additional audio or video materials are welcome where appropriate.

Proposals for Not-the-L8Nite Performances

Proposals should clearly address the relationship between the proposed performance and the artistic research of which it is an outcome. The performance should include up to 10 minutes of spoken introduction and/or contextualization of the performance with a total presentation time (introduction and performance) of 30 minutes; the performance will then be followed by 10 minutes facilitated audience discussion. Performance may be live or, if appropriate, presented by means of high-quality video.

Proposals should be sent in Word format and should include the following:

  • Name of the performer/s
  • Institution
  • 150-word biography
  • Title that effectively summarises the performance for a general audience
  • A subtitle that gives the research question/focus area
  • A one-page note on the performance, which will be the basis of the peer-review process and written in a form suitable for distribution to the audience at the performance. In addition to introducing the performance, this note will:
    • Clearly articulate the relationship between the performance and the artistic research of which it is an outcome
    • Indicate the key questions with which the performance engages

All proposals for performances should include a relevant recording (audio or video) of the proposed performer/s of a maximum duration of ten minutes.

Performance spaces will contain a grand piano, music stands, and an A/V system with screen and PA. Limited additional equipment can be provided on request, such as a mixing desk, stereo speakers, and microphones. Please indicate the technical requirements in your application.

For the submission please use the template provided in the Documents section below 

Peer Review

A peer review panel composed of the EPARM Working Group members will select those submissions that will be featured in the EPARM conference. The panel will seek additional expert input when necessary.


The timetable for this process is as follows:

12 October 2023:                Circulation of the call

19 November 2023:            Deadline for submissions

4 December 2023:               Results communicated to the applicants (who are required to confirm

participation by 8 December)

Mid-December 2023:          Registrations for EPARM 2024 open

Mid-December 2023:          Publication of the final programme of EPARM 2024 and registration launch

21 March 2024:                    Start of EPARM 2024

Proposals must be submitted in Word format using the provided template and should be sent  to AEC Events Coordinator Beatriz Laborda at the following email address:

Any submissions that do not follow the guidelines above will not be considered.


N.B: Selected applicants will be required to register as participants and therefore pay the corresponding fee according to the price category (Representative of an AEC member institution / Representative of a non-AEC member institution / Independent researcher – not affiliated to any institution)

Call for proposals
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Template Parallel
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Template Not-the-L8Nite 2024
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Deadline for sending the proposals is 19 November. All selections for both the Parallel Sessions and the Not-the-L8Nite-Performances will be communicated by 4 December 2023. Selected applicants are required to confirm their participation by 8 December 2023.