ISCM/IGNM/SICM - International Society for Contemporary Music

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ISCM/IGNM/SICM - International Society for Contemporary Music

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Year of Foundation:  1922

The ISCM/IGNM/SICM - Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (International Society for New Music) was originally an initiative of the Zweiten Wiener Schule during the Salzburger Festspiele. It was founded in 1922 in the Café Bazar in Salzburg at the encouragement of Rudolf Réti and Egon Wellesz and in the presence of the composers Béla Bartók, Paul Hindemith, Arthur Honegger, Zoltán Kodály, Darius Milhaud, and Anton Webern with Alban Berg, Maurice Ravel, Ottorino Respighi, Arnold Schönberg and Igor Stravinsky in absentia. After Richard Strauss took over the chairmanship of the founding committee Edward Dent was elected as the first president. 

 

Today the ISCM/IGNM/SICM - Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik is a leading forum for the support, dissemination and exchange of new music throughout the world. The annually occurring World Music Days (Weltmusiktage) remain the foundation on which the society follows its goals. Organised every year by a different host, the festival presents music from the land the host organisation belongs to. Recent festivals have been held in Hongkong, Lithuania, Sweden, Australia, Croatia, and Belgium. 

 

Since it’s inception the membership network has grown to over 60 organisations in over 50 countries around the world.

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