The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is an international network of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of new and contemporary music. Sound and Music represents the British Section of the ISCM and supports British composers to have work performed at the annual ISCM World Music Days Festival. This takes place in a different member nation each year, most recently in Estonia, China and Canada. Sound and Music selects a shortlist of composers through an open application process. At least one composer from the shortlist is guaranteed to be selected each year.
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The prestigious annual ISCM World Music Days Festival 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 festival takes places o n 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.
One composer from each member country has the opportunity to have their work performed and attend, after applying via their countries' Section and being selected from a shortlist by the Associate Members' panel.
Sound and Music is the Section for Britain and all applications for the festival must be submitted with us.
How do I apply?
Applications for 2020/21 are now closed.
Find out about previous ISCM British Section representatives below
ISCM British Section 2020
McNulty - Joe Cutler
Joe Cutler's McNulty was selected for the ISCM 2020 British Section.
"The piece takes some inspiration from the American TV drama series ‘The Wire’, concerning itself with ideas of what is pertinent and non-pertinent material, 2nd generation heritage (in this case Irish-American), and musical structures that go off the rails."
Auricularis Superior - Claudia Molitor
"To experience Auricularis Superior the listener is encouraged to find a comfortable, stimulating or intriguing place to sit, lie down or amble through whilst the 30 minute piece weaves together stories, field-recordings and music. Ideally the piece is heard through headphones."
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