Pop Conference


Pop Conference 2023
‘Let’s Get It Together': Gatherings, Club Cultures, Parties, and Beyond
April 27-30 2023
Presented by The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
At Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

Most events take place at 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn New York 11201
Some events will be livestreamed; stay tuned for more details.
Advance general registration required for all conference attendees: register here

Any event marked with special attendance rules requires a separate registration. General conference attendees may not access these events without separately registering.

On-site registration begins at 4 pm on April 27, and at 8 am on April 28, 29 and 30

Conference Produced by Jason King and Eddy F. Alvarez

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The premiere annual music writing and pop music studies conference, Pop Conference — now in its 21st year — features the world's leading scholars, journalists, writers, musicians as they present papers, roundtables, discussions, and performances about popular music. 

This year’s conference compels a reflection on the power of getting together in the past and present while acknowledging the necessity for new ways of congregating. Gathering to celebrate is and has been a key technique for many to continuously resist land occupation, dehumanization and policing of their existence. From the cabaret, juke joint, hootenanny and honkytonk to the punk pit, rave, tango ballroom. From break dancing, salsa, norteña or 1990s quebradita to the remixed sounds of traditional Pow Wow music and electronica, club cultures have launched and sustained innumerable styles of music and dance. From festivals to backyard parties and Tea dances to BBQs, ballrooms, community centers, parking lots and cars, abandoned warehouses, dive bars, circuit parties, parties in the forest, swap meet dance competitions, fairy gatherings, and queer ritual, we wanna dance.

Timing of panels and roundtables and special events may shift; please check back regularly for updates.


more than 50 panels and roundtables featuring pop music writers and scholars
Ann Powers
Daphne A. Brooks
Dawn Richard
King Princess
Daytimers x Technomaterialism
DeForrest Brown Jr.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Take a Daytrip
Gavilán Rayna Russom
Kevin Aviance
Madison Moore
Madison Rose
Man Parrish
Miss Madeline
Mel 4Ever
Piotr Orlov and DJ Tara
Tim Lawrence
Vince Aletti
DJ sets from Dj Sliink and Dj Tameil
Teemoney, Quincy Davis, Chloe Jane, and SENAIDA

See the full schedule here!