International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)



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International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM)
ISCM Secretariat, Gaudeamus, Piet Heinkade 5, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands,
Phone31 20 519 1800
Henk Heuvelmans, General Secretary

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an important international network of members from around 50 countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music. 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.

ISCM is represented globally by its National Sections, independent organisations which co-ordinate the endeavours of furthering contemporary music in their countries.

Each year, ISCM presents the World Music Days 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 Music Days 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.