A guide for organizing TENOR

International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation

Draft document - Last updated June 2022


TENOR (International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation) is an international forum dedicated to theoretical and applied research and development in Music Notation and Representation.

TENOR is a scientific conference with a strong focus on computer tools and applications, but also accepts "technology" in a broader sense -- as well as other fields of study in research and artistic domains (see Scope below). The conference also emphasizes music creation and artistic practice, and generally includes a musical program in addition to the scientific/paper tracks. TENOR has the ambition to foster a high-level scientific quality and to connect scientific and artistic approaches. It aims to be inclusive, supportive and accessible.

The conference is organized annually since 2015. See https://tenor-conference.org.

The official language of the conference is English.


TENOR welcomes focused or interdisciplinary research topics around technologies for music notation and representation. Technology refers to any mean that may contribute to the notation, representation and/or visualisation of the music. Contributions that focus on the performance of notations, as well as social, cultural and philosophical concerns are also welcome.

A list of relevant topics is given in the past conferences websites. These include, but are not limited to:

Musical creation

Musical notation

Analysis, Musicology

Representation, transcription

Listening, teaching

Conference organizers are welcome to highlight specific themes or topics and/or to propose new topics to include in the list.

Size and duration

TENOR is intended to be a reasonably sized conference, accessible and affordable both to organizers (in terms of organization complexity and financial burden) and to participants. Organizers should expect in the range of 50 participants (according to recent years' attendance statistics).

The recommended conference duration is three days.

Parallel sessions should be avoided.


TENOR is generally held in spring or early summer (April to July). Candidate hosts are welcome to propose alternative dates, taking into account the agenda of other related events with potential conflicting dates: ICMC, SMC, NIME, MEC...

It is recommended that potential hosts apply or get in touch with the TENOR steering committee at the latest by the beginning of the previous year, so that the proposal can be prepared on time, and presented (if accepted) during the previous edition of the conference (e.g. by the end of 2021/beginning of 2022 for organizing 2023 -- at the latest!).

The TENOR steering committee is committed to help and advise in preparing a proposal for hosting any future edition of the confrence. Please do not hesitate to get in touch !

Program chair and Program committee

The organizers must name one or more Program Chair(s), who will undertake the constitution of a full program committee and supervise the submission, paper selection and publication process.

The program committee can include members of the steering committee and of previous year’s committees. It must be validated by the conference steering committee.

The list of members in the committee must be published on the conference website at the time of the first call for participation, as well as in the conference proceedings.

Call for participation

A call for participation must be drafted by the conference organizing committee in agreement with the TENOR steering committee. It should be ready at least 9 months before the conference.

A large number of submissions is be more likely to result in a diverse and high-quality program for the conference: lots of publicity is therefore needed, as soon as possible. The organizing committee can name a "Publicity Chair" in charge of all communication around the conference calls and program.

The earlier the conference is announced, the better for its success! Have the conference web site ready for the first call for contributions. Post this call early (between July and October, when the main of the computer music conferences season is over), and do not hesitate to post reminders.

Papers submission and reviewing process

It is recommended that due diligence is exercised in the paper submission, review, and publication process.

Use of EasyChair (http://easychair.org) is recommended for handling the submission and reviewing.

Submissions and reviews must be based on full papers, presented and formatted according to the provided TENOR templates.

Papers should have between 4 and 10 pages, following the provided template.

They will evaluated on the basis of originality, significance of the contribution to the field, quality of research, quality of writing and contribution to conference program diversity. They should be solid, self-contained contributions to a research program, and contain clear statements of contribution relative to the state of the art, whenever relevant.

The reviewing process is double-blind, and each papers must receive at least three reviews.

The reviewers provide comments to the selection committee to motivate their scores, as well as indications for improvement to the authors. The organizer must emphasize the reviewers’ responsibility to uphold the scientific quality of the process, notably with detailed comments. Reviewers may also be instructed to weigh the contribution of a paper relative to its length (e.g. longer/8-10 pages papers must make a very significant contribution). They shall have access to the final decision concerning the papers they evaluated.

Paper presentation

In order to be included in the program and published, selected papers should be presented during the event: at least one of the authors must be registered and attend the conference -- be sure to make that point clear in the call for participation!

As we all know, 2020-2021 have been very special years for our academic and artistic communities. TENOR 2021 has been held fully online, and the steering committee would like to encourage future organizers to consider and propose hybrid modes of participations, allowing participants from all locations, including those with lesser funding, support, or availabilities to attend or present their work at the confernce.


Selected papers must be published in TENOR conference proceedings.

TENOR conference proceedings are on open access, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction (provided the original author and source are credited).

These include:

Do not hestitate to solicit help from the TENOR steering committee for anything about the preparation and formatting of the conference proceedings.

Keynote speakers, workshops and satellite events

It is recommended that each TENOR edition includes one or more keynote and/or special sessions, at the discretion of the organizers.

The organization of satellite events (e.g. workshops) is also encouraged.

These should be all be included in the hosting proposal, in the program and in the budget.

Artistic/musical program

The contents and curation of the artistic and musical program of the TENOR conference is under the responsibility of the conference organizers.

A call for participation can be issued along with the call for scientific submissions, or as a separate call. Artistic submission, reviewing and processing should be kept separate from the academic submission process.

It is possible (and very welcome) to join the conference to local artistic events or institutions and make necessary arrangements to involve or invite local or external artists.

Statement on inclusion and diversity

TENOR aims at being an open and diverse conference welcoming the participation of all.

Local organizers are encouraged to foster diversity in their public announcements, webpages, and communications, as well as in the choice of speakers and members of the different committees.


The tenor registration fees must be set to an affordable level (typically around/under 100€). Please get in touch with the steering committee for advice and information about previous edition fees.

It is strongly recommended that special/discounted fees be proposed to students, and other non-academics/non-affiliated participants.

Note: TENOR steering committee or program committee members are submitted to the same rules (and registration fees) as general attendees when presenting works at the conference. The organizing committee may wish to consider offering free or discounted registration to those not presenting any work at the conference. Please inform the steering committees of any specific rule or requirement in the hosting proposal, or at the latest before opening registration.


A website should be created for the conference. It should be online (even in a preliminary shape) at the time of the conference announcement (i.e. during TENOR N-1).

On its final shape, the conference website should include:

The TENOR steering committee has the capacity to host or archive (after the conference) the conference website, but the website development and maintenance should be ensured by qualified staff or members of the local organizing committee.

The official TENOR logo should be used for the conference, but organizers are free (and encouraged) to decline its colors or other details (please submit a proposal to the steering committee before to make it public).


Applicants for TENOR organization must provide an application file in a free format, considering the guidelines above.

It is strongly recommended that applicants have attended at least one of the previous TENOR conference editions.

The application file must include at least the following items:

Send an apllication to the steering committee, or get in touch for preliminary advice or information!

After the conference

This report is intended to share past experience with future organizers.

Thanks for your interest in TENOR !