Following the 2nd SIMM-posium in 2017, the 7th SIMM-posium will in 2022 again be organized at and by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, this time in a close collaboration with the Copenhagen based Rhythmic Music Conservatory and its Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship (CReARC/RMC) and of course also with the research platform SIMM.

It will exceptionnally last 3 days in order to be able to include an extended session devoted to the outcomes of the AHRC/SIMM-funded international comparative research project developed since 2020 in 4 countries (UK, Finland, Colombia and Belgium).

This SIMM-posium will aim to be in-person (maximum registration 100), but it will also allow online attendance.
There is provision in the programme for only up to 40 brief (10 minute) presentations of research or research-related work in progress (or critical reflections on research), which are curated into thematic panels of four to five presentations followed by a plenary discussion.  Presentations of practice with no relation to research are excluded.

The keynote speaker at the 7th SIMM-posium is German sociologist Hartmut Rosa.  During his keynote ‘Being in Resonance in Social Music Projects’ Hartmut Rosa will present his theory of being in resonance as a way for being in relationship to the world and how this can be of interest to people developing social and community music projects with diversely composed groups of participants. You can find out about Hartmut Rosa’s thoughts and work by listening to our interview with him during the SIMM-podcast episode #15 + this amazing conversation he had with Bruno Latour.

Presentations on research concerning any aspect of making music’s social impact have been welcomed, but a specific interest during this conference will concern the following topics:

  • Training for socially engaged musicians
  • Interprofessional collaboration
  • SIMM-practice during the pandemic
  • The practice of facilitation within SIMM-projects

The scientific committee for the 7th SIMM-posium is composed of: Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (president SIMM / director Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre, Griffith University), Jo Gibson (tutor Guildhall School of Music, London, UK), Luc Nijs (IPEM, Ghent University, BE / Associate Professor in Early Childhood Music Education, University of Luxemburg), Lukas Pairon (founding director SIMM / chair holder Academic Chair Jonet & Centre on social action & music making, Ghent University, BE), John Sloboda (research professor Guildhall School of Music, London, UK) and Maria Westvall (Centre for Research into Artistic Citizenship / CReARC, Copenhagen, DK)

The final programme of this 3-day conference can be found here.


You can register here.

Registration fee for those wanting to be present at the event in London is £72.00 (+ £6.20 fee).  Those participating and/or presenting at the symposium in London will nevertheless also need to cover their travel costs, meals and accomodation.

Those who will attend and/or present online are charged £9.00 (+ £1.30 fee).