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January 13-16, 2021,
Tampa Convention Center

At this time, FMEA is still planning for an in-person conference in January. We are continuing to study COVID-19 research and CDC guidelines, and will work with the convention center and hotels to ensure proper guidelines will be followed, including but not limited to proper cleaning, physical distancing, and face coverings. If anything changes, members, exhibitors, and presenters will be notified immediately via email, and alternate plans will be posted here. 

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.

Call for Research Posters

The FMEA Research Committee invites researchers from collegiate faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to submit proposals for the FMEA professional development conference research poster session that will occur from 12noon-1pm on Friday January 15, 2021. Read more and submit your proposal here

Important Dates

(Subject to Change)

May 12: Deadline for Session Proposals and Performance Applications
May 31: Deadline for Product Showcase Applications
End of July: Notification of Session Proposal acceptance or denial 
September 19: Pre-Registration Opens 
September 26: Hotels begin taking reservations at 9:00 a.m.
November 14: Hotel Room Cancellation Deadline 5:00 p.m.
November 16: Hotels will charge your credit card a non-refundable deposit for the first night of each room held.
December 13: 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 14: 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.
December 18: All school lodging checks are due, payable to the hotel where reservations were made for you and/or your students.
December 18: Final deadline for discounted hotel blocks. Unsold rooms in the FMEA blocks are released back to hotels.

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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.