Friday January 22nd 2021

Scotland is now an Associate Member of the prestigious International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM), with two of the country’s foremost music organisations – Scottish Music Centre and New Music Scotland – joining forces in a partnership to promote Scotland’s contemporary music around the world.  

Composers living and working in Scotland are now invited to submit works for performance at the next ISCM World New Music Day (WNMD) in Shanghai and Nanning in September 2021. The Scottish Section will submit six works for consideration, one of which will be selected by the ISCM for performance.

Scottish Music Centre Executive Director Gill Maxwell said: “Scotland’s membership of the ISCM came about after Oliver Searle and I held a series of meetings with ISCM executives at expo events in Rotterdam and Paris in 2019.   We’re proud to partner with New Music Scotland to represent our sector internationally in this important development for Scotland’s contemporary music scene.  Today we announce the Call for Entries for World New Music WNMD 2021, a brand new opportunity for our composers to step onto the global stage. 

New Music Scotland Co Chair Oliver Searle said:

This collaboration between the Scottish Music Centre and New Music Scotland will provide an important opportunity for Scottish-based creators to engage more widely with an international audience, offering a further route for new work from Scotland to be programmed in venues around the world, and greatly raising the profile of all shortlisted nominees.

The application criteria and form can be found on New Music Scotland’s website here:

The criteria and application process can also be viewed here: 

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ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music

ISCM is an international network of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music – the music of our time.

The International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) is a premier forum for the advancement, dissemination and interchange of new music from around the world. Through ISCM, our 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.