I attend TBA, but the question wasn't about TBA. I've never attended Midwest because I have access to TMEA and have not felt the *need* to go, although I do want to experience that eventually. Are you buying my plane ticket? Also, last time I checked, Midwest would require missing school days, so I'm not really sure how that is exempt from the sub issue that you opened with. If put in a situation to choose, I'd posit that nearly every Texas administrator would support going to TMEA over Midwest for reasons that should be quite obvious. The university sessions that you mention are valuable, but not always applicable and, sometimes, occur on a day that would still require time away from work.
Virtual TMEA was an exception to their format, so there is no standard for the video clinics we experienced this past February. To access the audio recordings, you must register for the convention *and* pay an additional fee. I'm not registering for a convention that I wouldn't be able to attend.
In my previous posts, I've complained about summer camps exactly zero times, so I'm not sure why you bring that to the conversation.
I maintain my position that TMEA is the #1 source of professional development for music educators in the state of Texas, but I recognize that it is not the only source. I've worked in districts where I've had to pay my own way, I've worked in a district where everything was paid, I've worked in districts where I had to take personal days to attend, I've worked in districts where I was given professional days to attend. I will *never* choose to work in a district that restricts my ability to attend TMEA.