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NIPS 2018 Call for Music

NIPS 2018 Banquet, Montreal, Canada

NIPS 2018 Banquet Performances

Due to popular demand, the deadline for submissions has been extended to Monday November 12th at 9:00AM Pacific!


For the NIPS 2018 Conference in Montreal, the organizers have decided to hold an open call for musicians and VJs to perform at the Banquet. Selected acts will be posted here once decisions are made. This call is only open to those who are registered for NIPS 2018. We are unfortunately unable to provide registrations via this call.

Call for Particiaption

Do you perform music or visuals (VJing) and are you registered for NIPS? If so, please consider submitting a sample of your work to our NIPS 2018 Call for Performances. If you are selected, you will be invited to perform onstage at the official NIPS Banquet alongside other researchers from the NIPS community and, perhaps, some surprise invited guests!

Based on the submissions we receive, a selection committee will build a sequence of diverse acts ranging from the quiet to the loud. We define “music” as broadly as possible! Anything that makes your hips move, engages your mind, and/or tickles your eardrums. VJ sets are also invited, we will try to fit VJs to the music they best suit. Our goal is to produce an evening of engaging, diverse researcher-generated music as a fun backdrop for the NIPS Banquet.

To submit, please send an email to addressing the following:

  1. The researcher(s) who will perform, can be individual acts (that may be grouped with other musicians) or complete bands/groups. You must all be registered for NIPS 2018.

  2. A link to performance samples. We’re interested in any evidence of what you’ll perform (YouTube videos of previous performances, SoundCloud audio examples, etc).

  3. Any details you want to add about why your performance belongs at NIPS. We want to tell a story about the deep musical talent of the NIPS Research community.

  4. Any equipment needed for your performance. We plan to provide basic gear as needed (PA, drums, guitars, projection for VJ sets, etc.) and will try to accommodate more esoteric requests, but have limited resources.

Deadline for submissions is Monday November 12th at 9:00AM Pacific time, leaving a few weekends to pull this together (we hope it’s fun).


Selection Committee

Pablo Samuel Castro, Google Research

Rebecca Fiebrink, Goldsmiths University of London

Natasha Jaques, MIT Media Lab

Gergely Neu (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Jason Weston (FAIR)

NIPS 2018 Party Chair

Douglas Eck, Google Research