The annual Percussive Arts Society International Conference (PASIC) will be held online this year due to Covid-19.

“After much consideration, the PAS Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to move PASIC 2020 to an online virtual event,” the nonprofit announced Monday, June 29. “Making this decision was not easy, but we believe it is the right decision for the safety of our staff, artists, members, students, volunteers, industry partners, and general attendees.”

The conference is typically held in November each year in Indianapolis, Indiana. It draws thousands of drummers and percussionists, many of whom perform with their school ensembles. The event includes clinics, masterclasses, performances (including world premieres), and a large expo hall. This year, PASIC will be a two-day event held on Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14. Registration will open in early September, and Early Bird prices will be $50 for student members, $100 for non-student members, and $175 for non-members.

“Nothing can replace what it’s like to attend PASIC in person. However, we’re excited to reinvent that same unique experience you have come to rely on in a virtual setting,” said the Percussive Arts Society. “We guarantee that the look, feel, and quality you expect out of an in-person PASIC will still be part of your 2020 virtual experience.”

More details for this year’s virtual event will be announced from PAS on its social media channels in the coming weeks and months. The organization hopes to gather in person at PASIC in November next year for its 60th anniversary celebration.

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