The 9th SIMM-posium will be hosted by the Rhythmic Music Conservatory and its Copenhagen Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship (CReArC), in a close collaboration with the international research platform SIMM (Social Impact of Music Making).

Building on the previous SIMM-posia in Ghent, London, Porto, Bogota, Brussels, Paris, and London (and the promising upcoming one in Brisbane), the 2024 Copenhagen SIMM-posium will feature presentations, thematic panels and keynotes, exploring the social impact of participatory music-making across a wide range of cultural contexts.

Delegates are warmly encouraged to join in person in Copenhagen, even though online presentations will also be accommodated where necessary, and the event will be livestreamed.

There is provision in the programme for up to about 40 brief (10 minute) presentations of academic as well as artistic research, research-related work in progress or critical reflections on research, which are curated into thematic panels and followed by plenary discussions. Artistic and creative research methods are welcomed alongside presentations of community-centred empirical theoretical or methodological inquiry.

Keynote speaker(s) will soon be announced.

Presentations of research will be welcomed which tries to help us come to a better understanding of the possible role of the practice of music-making within social and community music projects and programmes, but a specific interest during this conference will concern research on the following topics:

-musicians as makers in society

-participatory music practices (as ground for community building)

-social aspects of listening

-musical co-creation as social intervention

-negotiations between/of artistic agency and social values

-artistic citizenship as practice

-music in detention or other freedom-deprived contexts

About SIMM: SIMM is an international network of researchers and organisations examining the social impact of music-making across a wide range of cultural contexts. Founded in 2015 it has grown to encompass a number of events, including research conferences, research seminars, international comparative research projects, podcasts and doctoral programs.

This will be the first time a SIMM event has been held in the Nordic countries of Europe.

The scientific committee for the 9th SIMM-posium is composed of:

Brydie-Leigh Bartleet (President SIMM / Creative Arts Research Centre and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Queensland, Australia)

Søren Kjærgaard (Vice Principal, Head of Research and Development / Associate Professor, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Maria Westvall (Professor, Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship (CReArC) / Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen, Denmark)

John Sloboda (Founding President SIMM / Research Professor Guildhall School of Music, London, UK)

Torben Snekkestad (Professor of Contemporary Music, Norwegian Academy of Music, Oslo, Norway)

Lukas Pairon (Founder SIMM / Professor and Founder of Chair Jonet & Centre for Social Action and Music-Making (CESAMM), Ghent, Belgium)

Call for presentations: Expressions of interest to present at the SIMM-posium 2024 should be sent by email to Lukas Pairon before 15th April 2024 ( This should include name, institutional affiliation, current professional role(s) and a maximum 150-word statement of relevant professional experience and background (and why you wish to participate in this SIMM-posium) + the title and a maximum 250-word abstract of the research paper you want to present.

Expressions of interest should be submitted as a single document containing all relevant material (preferably in Word format).

Applicants will be notified no later than 15th May 2024 whether they have been selected and will then be invited to register.

The conference organisers will supply information about hotel and accommodation options to successful applicants.

Delegates will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

From August 2024 on you will be able to find the final programme of this year’s conference on this page.


Full in-person registration: 670 dkk (90 euro)

Student in-person registration (with catering): 370 dkk (50 euro)

Student in-person registration (without catering): free

Single day in-person registration: 260 dkk (35 euro)

Online registration: 110 dkk (15 euro)