ISCM, British Section

ISCM, British Section
ISCM, British Section
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ISCM in partnership with Sound and Music

About the ISCM

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an important international organisation comprised of an Executive Committee and a network of around fifty member countries (or 'Sections'). It is a "premier forum for the advancement, dissemination and interchange of new music from around the world. Through ISCM, [its] members promote contemporary music in all its varied forms, strengthening musical life in their local contexts and making their music and its creators known to world."

Since the ISCM was founded in 1922 in Salzburg, their network has grown to include more than "60 organisations in over 50 countries, on every continent," with its headquarters residing in Paris, France. The Society's primary purpose is to continue the running of its annual associative festival, World Music Days.

The ISCM promotes a strong receptiveness to aesthetic and stylistic diversity. 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.

About World Music Days Festival

The prestigious annual ISCM World Music Days Festival (see previous years here) is the "principle vehicle" through which the organisation pursues its mission, which can be described as a "platform for musical exchange and a showcase of world contemporary music without prejudice or bias on differences in musical expressions, styles, genres or media". It is organised and funded by the member Sections (countries) each year, and acts as a meeting place for organisations, performers and composers from around the world.

The member countries of the ISCM each take turns in hosting the festival. Recent festivals have taken place in Estonia, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Sweden, Australia, Croatia and Belgium (for a list of past events, please visit the ISCM's World Music Days webpage).

The festival takes places in consecutive days, however, 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 festival strives to represent all legitimate members of the ISCM in one way or another through the activities of its programmes, such as: performances, seminars, exhibitions, etc.

To constitute the music for the event, one composer from each member country has the opportunity to have their work performed, after applying via their countries' Section and being selected from a shortlist by the Associate Members' panel. The selected composer also has the opportunity to attend accompanied by one of the countries' Associate Members.

The Section for Britain is Sound and Music, thus all applications for the festival must be submitted within.

The festival also provides an opportunity for the ISCM members to meet in their annual congress, to discuss issues affecting the organisation.


Find out more about the selected composer, Joe Cutler, here

Find out more about the 2020 shortlist here


Find out more about the selected composer, Claudia Molitor, here

Find out more about the 2019 shortlist here


Find out about the selected composer, Ryan Latimer, here

Find out more about the 2018 shortlist here


Find out about the selected composers, Charlotte Bray and Michael Taplin, here

Find out more about the 2017 shortlist here

Pre 2017

Read about previous years here




ISCM British Section Panel Members:

  1. Annie Mahtani (Chair)
  2. Susanna Eastburn 
  3. Lore Lixenberg
  4. Serge Vuille
  5. Jeremy Evans
  6. Ryan Latimer
  7. Ed McKeon
  8. Katie Tearle
  9. Samantha Fernando

Find out more about the British section panel here


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