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The Brass Band Conference 2024: Call for Contributors

BBE opens callout for 2024 conference speakers and presenters
Thursday, 4 January, 2024

The Brass Band Conference is for anyone and everyone involved in the world of brass banding. To ensure that the programme reflects this, we need to hear from YOU.

We are looking for a varied conference programme that explores the creativity and variety of the banding community, as well as showcasing how the sector can broaden its horizons reaching communities currently less represented. We welcome input from leading voices in our community including top section bands, community bands and everyone in between.

The Brass Band Conference 2024 will take place on Saturday 19 October 2024 at The China Exchange, London. Following previous conference themes of Contesting, Resilience & Sustainability, Improving Our Art, Banding for Life and Heritage and Innovation, this year's focus will be Creative Communities. 

Event organiser Brass Bands England is now inviting relevant proposals from the banding and wider cultural community that seek to share best practice in engaging with their communities. The aim is to curate a diverse, inspiring programme full of relevant insights that will open up discussion, challenge thinking and encourage critical reflection. The programme will seek to include a mix of talks from thought leaders; practical workshops; discussion and creative elements. 

Session formats:

Conference sessions / presentations (of between 30 and 60 minutes) can take the form of:

  • Practical workshops

  • Insight / discussion sessions

  • Sharing learning through media such as a films

Programme Criteria

The overall programme will be curated to encourage a diverse range of presenters, perspectives and topics. Strong proposals will feature:

  • Clear link to the conference theme

  • Presenters with relevant knowledge and experience 

  • Creative and inspiring delivery approaches

Submitting a proposal

Conference proposals will be accepted until Friday 1 March 2024 via the 2024 Conference proposals form. Conference presenters will receive:

  • Free attendance to the conference day

  • Promotion of work presented at the conference

  • Reasonable travel expenses

  • Speakers fees will be available for independent / freelance presenters

For an informal conversation about the conference and your proposal, or to share anything you would like to see presented, please contact BBE’s Chief Operating Officer Sarah Baumann on