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ISME World Conference Presenter Awards

Purpose of the Award

The ISME World Conference Presenter Awards are intended to enable music educators with demonstrated financial need to attend the ISME biennial World Conference through  contributing towards the costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence.


The ISME World Conference Presenter Awards are open to ISME members who have been accepted to give a spoken or poster presentation for the first time at the Society's biennial world conference. The awards are given to an individual once only.

Do not apply if:

  • You are part of a performing group. This award is for presenters only.

  • If you have received a World Conference or Steve Dillon award for a previous conference.

Applications are welcome:

  • From people who have previously received a Sponsored Delegate (non presenting) Award



In general the criteria by which applications will be judged include:

1. The quality, originality and significance of the proposed research;

2. The applicant's financial need - the status of the applicant (as full-time/part-time/unwaged) as well as the HDI rating of the applicant's country of residence.

3. The importance of attendance at the conference for furthering the music education contributions of the delegate concerned, and the likelihood of the applicant being unable to obtain funding from other sources.


Applications for this award are now closed for the year 2024. 

The Decision-making Process

  • The Awards are for first-time presenters only, so previous award recipients and previous presenters at ISME World Conference should not apply.
  • All applications will be considered by the ISME Awards Panel chaired by the President.
  • Applicants will be informed normally within four weeks of the closing date of the outcome and must advise the panel in writing of their acceptance of an offer of award within 7 days of the receipt of the letter of award
  • Any qualified unsuccessful applicant will be given the opportunity to join the conference as a paid delegate at the lowest place of residence early bird rate. 
  • The decision of the panel is final, and the Society regrets that it is unable to enter into any correspondence regarding its decision. Each application is treated individually on its merits; hence previous applicants are not precluded from applying (although previous recipients of awards are).

Note: the name of this award was changed in 2020 to add the word 'presenter'.

For the 2022 virtual conference these were changed to provide free registration to selected students, first time attendees and members from Low PPP countries.

 We are now accepting applications for the 2024 cycle here


Award Recipients

Awards for the 2022 Conference

As the 2022 world conference was online only, travel and accommodation expenses support was not relevant, so a different awards program was offered.

Awards for the 2020 Conference

No conference was held in 2020 so no awards were made.

Awards for the 2018 Conference

The 2018 awards were given to:

  • Gillian Howell (Australia)
  • Iman Shah (Nepal)
  • Riju Tuladhar (Nepal)
  • Kushal Karki (Nepal)
  • John Shrestha (Nepal)
  • Kyna Elliott (USA)
  • László Stachó (Hungary)
  • Avril McLoughlin (Ireland)
  • Angie Mullins (South Africa)
  • Celeste M. Romulo (Philippines)
  • Katharina Loibner (Austria)
  • Lisa Burrell (USA)

Awards for the 2016 Conference

The 2016 awards were given to:

  • Alla Toropova (Russia)
  • Anibal Martel Andrade (Peru)
  • Arthur Gill (Pakistan)
  • Erkan Sulun (Turkey)
  • Gertrude Bien Aime (Haiti)
  • Milca Maria Cavalanti de Paula (Brazil)
  • Nicole Canham (Australia)
  • Yen-Ting Wu (UK)

Further information

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