January 12-15, 2022
Tampa Convention Center
Thank you for your interest in submitting a session proposal, product showcase proposal, or performance application. We strive to promote professional insight that will be most beneficial to the music educators in Florida.
The conference theme is Unity in Music Education: Building Communities One Note at a Time. It is preferable that your proposal(s) have a connection to the conference theme for an overall uniformity of vision. All session proposal submissions should be consistent with current educational trends, promote curricular experiences that lead to a better cultural understanding, and allow educators to create, perform, and respond to music that in turn instills lifelong values for learning and participation.
Please take a minute to review this important information before proceeding.
You are only permitted to submit a total of three (3) session proposals. Performance applications and product showcase proposals do not count toward this limit.
The deadline for submissions is midnight the evening of Tuesday, May 11, 2021 for sessions and performances, and May 31, 2021 for Industry Product Showcase proposals.
Previous canceled sessions: If you were invited to present last year but were unable to do so due to extenuating circumstances, you are welcome to submit your proposal again this year. It will not be automatically reconsidered. It will need to go through the same review process as all other proposals, so automatic approval is not guaranteed.
Conference Registration and Attendance:
Instruments and Equipment:
Demonstration Performers: If you anticipate using student performers as a demonstration group for your session, you must select "Demonstration" as the session format when completing your proposal.
Presenters are responsible for all expenses, including but not limited to: travel, hotel, meals, conference registration, and materials.
Selection Process: Each proposal will be reviewed by the FMEA Conference Planning Committee, which includes representation from FMEA committees and component organizations (FBA, FCMEA, FEMEA, FOA, FVA, & FMSA). Notification of acceptance will be made by the end of June for performing ensembles, and the end of July for session presenters. All decisions are final. Due to the large number of submissions received, the committee is not able to provide feedback for proposals that are not accepted.
The FMEA Conference Planning Committee, President, Executive Director, and Executive Committee have the discretion to invite additional presenters, speakers, and performers in addition to those who submit proposals here.
Indemnity Clause: FMEA reserves the right to change the conference/workshop content, timing, speakers, or venue without notice. The event may be postponed or canceled due to acts of terrorism, war, extreme weather conditions, industrial action, fewer than expected delegates, pandemic, or any event beyond the control of FMEA. If such a situation arises, FMEA will endeavor to reschedule the event; however, FMEA cannot be held responsible for any cost, damage, or expenses that may be incurred by the registrant as a consequence of the event being postponed or canceled. Some registrants consider travel insurance to cover the cost of the registration, travel, and expenses for these types of situations. FMEA is not responsible for any registrant’s personal injury (i.e., physical, psychological, or emotional stress) or property damages while attending an FMEA conference or event. Conference registrants assume all risks inherent in attending an FMEA conference for which the registration covers, whether before, during, or after the conference.
Photographic Release: By submitting a proposal to present or application to perform, you grant permission for FMEA to use any and all photographic imagery and video footage taken of you and your students at this event and activities pertaining to this event, without payment or any other consideration. You understand that such materials may be published electronically or in print, or used in presentations or exhibitions.
Code of Conduct: FMEA is dedicated to providing a positive environment of respect and civility for all attendees, including members, students, parents, speakers, clinicians, exhibitors, sponsors, staff, volunteers, and guests. All attendees are asked to follow all applicable laws and conference policies and refrain from physical and verbal harassment, bullying, disorderly conduct, or any actions or behaviors that create unsafe conditions or interfere with presentations or performances. Harassment, bullying, and sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including clinics, workshops, concerts, rehearsals, social events, online, and social media. Violations should be reported to convention center security or conference staff in a timely manner. Violators and their registered students may be expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the FMEA executive committee.
Please have all of the following information ready to copy-and-paste and files ready to upload into the online proposal web pages. If it takes too long to complete any page of the application, your session may time-out and you will need to start over.
Ensemble applications should only be submitted by the Primary Conductor/Director from their own FMEA account. Assistant directors can be added after the initial application is completed.
A Showcase Session is a one-hour presentation of your organization's products or services open to the general membership, held in an on-site conference room and listed in the conference program. Organizations may pass out any material they wish at these sessions, but cannot serve food or beverages.
The deadline for Product Showcase Sessions is May 31, 2021
Showcase Session Costs:
Exhibiting companies are encouraged to submit proposals as Product Showcases, but are also welcome to submit regular educational sessions. However, the FMEA Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to deny any regular session proposal and change it into a Product Showcase proposal if they suspect that specific products or services will be promoted during the session.
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