The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an important international network of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music - the music of our time.
ISCM has had a distinguished history. From its foundation in Salzburg in 1922, a receptiveness to aesthetic and stylistic diversity has been a characteristic of the Society. Today more than ever with the incredible diversity which exists in contemporary musical expression around the world, this ideal is still strongly supported by ISCM members.
Each year, ISCM presents the World New Music Festival, hosted by one of ISCM's national sections, which provides a feast of contemporary music across a broad range of contemporary practice. The host nation has some flexibility in determining the individual themes that drive the programming of the Festival, either presenting a showcase of activity from around the world, or applying other criteria for the selection and programming of works.
The ISCM World New Music Festival also provides an opportunity for the ISCM members to meet in their annual congress , to discuss issues affecting contemporary music and matters of mutual concern.
ISCM National Sections are independent organisations which co-ordinate the endeavours of furthering contemporary music in a country. ISCM members receive the following benefits:
and, in addition to these benefits, members enjoy
- Participation of National Section delegates in the annual ISCM General Assembly, make proposals to the Assembly and vote;
- The opportunity to submit up to six (6) works to the organisers of the annual ISCM World New Music Festival for consideration. Selected works are considered for inclusion in the Festival program, and are promoted by the Society, encouraging performance and broadcast nationally;
- National Section delegates to the General Assembly receive support from the host country for accommodation and entrance to World New Music Festival concerts; Copies of the World New Music Magazine, produced by the Society;
Other categories of ISCM membership also exist:
- access to contacts, information and networking opportunities across the Society;
- the opportunity to develop relationships which span international borders and provide an overview and an understanding of the international contemporary music scene; and
- the opportunity to participate in the largest international society exclusively representing contemporary music!
- Associate Membership may be provided to organisations, with a selection of the above benefits included in this category of membership
- Honorary Members are elected by the General Assembly; Honorary Membership is given to individuals who have achieved particular distinction in furthering contemporary music.
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