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The 75th Anniversary Professional Development Conference
January 9-12, 2019
Tampa Convention Center

Join us as we continue our exploration into Artistry as both teachers and performers. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the world-class keynote speakers and performers that will be joining us in 2019.

The FMEA Professional Development Conference is one of the largest music education professional development events in the United States. In addition to approximately 250 clinic sessions and concerts, it is host to 22 All-State Ensembles featuring Florida's top Band, Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar, and Elementary Orff students conducted by world-class conductors and teachers. It is attended by more than 10,000 people, including secondary music directors, elementary music teachers, music supervisors, college students, college music teachers, school administrators, K-12 students performing in the All-State ensembles, students and professional musicians performing with invited performing ensembles, exhibitors, and parents of performing students.

New Security Procedures at the Convention Center

We were just notified that the Tampa Convention Center has implemented an enhanced security program. This is the statement received from them:

Tampa Convention Center has invested in considerable dollars in upgraded camera equipment and access control systems which will continued to be installed throughout the venues common areas. As part of these efforts and in light of today’s environment, we are implementing a bag check program for all large scale, publicly attended events.

FMEA is currently working with the Tampa Convention Center to attain additional information. At this point it would be prudent for everyone to plan to arrive at least ½ hour earlier then you normally would to have time to go through the points of entry and bag check. Entry points will be Franklin Street and 2nd floor Registration (on Landing). We can have re-entry at Embassy Suites and/or the Channel entry, however, no bags will go through these two locations.

We will continue to keep you updated.

Get the App!

The FMEA Mobile App is the easiest way to browse and search the schedule and manage your time at the conference. Click here for more information.

Important Dates

(Subject to Change)

April 30: Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications
August 1: Deadline for Product Showcase Applications
September 22: Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.
September 22: Pre-Registration Opens 
November 10: Hotel Room Cancellation Deadline 5:00p.m.
November 13: Hotels will charge your credit card for the first night of each room held.
December 7: Pre-Registration Closes at midnight.  Payment must be postmarked on or before December 5 if you are paying by check.  Pre-registration is by credit card only after Dec. 5.
December 8: You can enter students and chaperones on-line to make on-site registration easier, but you will need to stand in the ON-SITE registration line to print your badges and pay when you arrive at the conference.

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The FMEA Professional Development Conference and All-State Ensembles are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.