Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pre-register for the conference?
Pre-registration is available online only and can be paid by credit card, check or PO. Onsite registration is also available, but online pre-registration is highly encouraged to expedite the registration process onsite.
If you pay by check or PO, please note that your registration will be marked as inactive until we receive payment. When you mail your payment, please ensure the check has the registrant name and registration record number so we can accurately process your payment. All payments without name or registration record number will be returned.
Can I just attend a performance without registering for the whole conference?
Yes, tickets are available to purchase onsite at the DeVos Ticket Office or online (incurs processing fees). All performance tickets are $10 each. Children under 5 years of age are $5.
I am the parent of a student who is performing at the conference. Do I need to register to attend my child's concert?
- No, you do not need to register to see your student/child performance. Each student performer will receive two complimentary concert tickets to just their performance.
- If you would like to see other performances, you must purchase additional tickets. Performance tickets allow you entry into the Exhibitor Trade Show on the day of the performance.
- Please contact your student's performance director for information on your complimentary tickets.
- If you want to attend any of the conference sessions, then you will be required to "register to attend the conference."
Can I get a receipt of my registration payment?
You will receive a registration receipt via email once you submit your registration online. If you lost the original receipt, please email the MMC office at info@MichiganMusicConference.org.
I can no longer make it to the conference. Do you accept substitutions?
No substitutions are allowed.
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
Cancellations received in writing by December 17th will assess a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds available after the early bird date of December 17th.
People who are unable to attend for COVID-related circumstances leading up to the conference will be issued a credit for their conference fees at the 2023 conference. Attendees must request your conference credit by January 31st.
Are meals included in the cost of registration?
No, unless are part of a group that has arranged a meal function.
Where should I stay?
All conference registrants are responsible for their conference travel and hotel arrangements. The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is the official hotel of the Michigan Music Conference. We also have rooms blocked at the JW Marriott, Marriott Courtyard, and Holiday Inn Downtown. Be sure to mention you are an attendee of the MMC when you make your reservations. The rooms fill up quickly so be sure to make your reservations early!
Where do I pick up my registration materials when I get to Grand Rapids?
- Pre-Registered Attendee
- On-Site Registration
- Presenters & Presiders
- Performing Groups
- Demo Groups
- Pre-Registered Attendees: Please go to registration in Welsh Lobby of DeVos Place to receive your registration packet.
- On-Site Registration: Please go to registration in Welsh Lobby of DeVos Place to process your registration & payment.
- Presenters & Presiders are all required to register to attend the conference, please stop at Welsh Lobby for your pre-registration packet or to register on-site.
- Performance Directors: You must stop at the Director Will Call in Welsh Lobby to pick up your packet of badges for your performing group.
- Demo Groups: The Session Presenters of the invited Demo Group are responsible for picking up their Demo group badges at registration in Welsh Lobby.The presenter is required to meet their own Demo Group, provide them their badges and instruct them to the Session Room.
Directors of Performing Groups
It is strongly urged that all Performing Group Directors read and print the email letter which will be sent to them from the Michigan Music Conference Conference Manager. It is extremely important that you are very familiar with the contents of the 7 page letter, as it provides all the information which you need to know regarding your groups programs, badge pickup, performance tickets, student & equipment drop off, bus parking information, hotel, catering and maps.
It is not feasible for you to be calling for this information when you arrive onsite.
If you are student with a performance group, please contact your director for instructions on where to go upon arrival in Grand Rapids.
Where should I park?
Click here to view the downtown Grand Rapids parking map.
Where can I find breakfast, lunch and dinner in the area?
There will be a concession stand open in the Exhibit Hall during the open hours, serving food like hot dogs, warm pretzels and pizza. There are also a variety of dining options within the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Here is a guide to downtown Grand Rapids dining. There will be a concession stand outside of the Exhibit Hall during the open hall hours, serving food like hot dogs, warm pretzels and pizza.
What is the expected attendance for the Conference?
We are expecting more than 2000 attendees. This anticipated registration number does not include the many exhibitors, speakers, performers, parents, staff, and volunteers.
What is there to do in the area when I’m not at the conference?
Please visit the Experience Grand Rapids for a thorough listing of events in the downtown area.
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code, but casual and professional dress is welcome. Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that are comfortable and be prepared for cold Michigan January weather. Meeting rooms also tend to be on the cooler side – bring a sweater or jacket.
How do I purchase a recording of a Michigan Music Conference concert?
Soundwaves Recording is our exclusive audio and video recording company. In addition to order forms in onsite program, you can purchase recordings online after the conference from the MMC Web site.
Will there be photographs taken of the performances? How can I order a photo of my concert?
Yes, Paul Streelman Photography will again be taking photos of the performances. Check our web site after the conference to place your order. There will also be a booth at the conference where you can place your photo order.
How do I apply to be a presenter for the Conference?
The session proposal submission portal is available during the January - April months. Links to this portal are included on the homepage during that time.
Can I sign up now to be an exhibitor at the Conference?
Please contact Erin McLaughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the dates and locations of future conferences?
The Michigan Music Conference will be in Grand Rapids through 2023.
- January 26 - 28, 2023
If you have any other questions, please contact us at info@MichiganMusicConference.org