Welcome to the IAMIC newsletter. We’ve changed the way that it’s compiled, and how it looks, in order to improve its interest and usefulness for members, and offer a platform for you to share some of your work with an international network. So thank you to all contributors, and please keep supplying us with highlights of what your organisation is up to.
We plan to send the newsletter out 4 times a year, so the next one will follow our Annual Meeting in Wroclaw – at which I hope many of us will see each other.
Please do register if you haven’t already; we have important things to discuss, and our partners at POLMIC have also pulled together a great programme for us in true ‘IAMIC style’.
IAMIC out and about
participated once more at Classical:Next 2014
in Austria (14-17 May). Classical:Next
is a unique music meeting which is dedicated exclusively to classical and art music. All sectors of classical music meet each other and it welcomes all approaches, from traditional to experimental, with a focus on the future. It also functions as an open platform. The fair is divided in three parts: the Expo
functions as a trade fair for companies and institutions and as the place for cross-sector networking. The Conference
keeps the delegates up-to-date and oriented towards the future with its presentations, one-to-one mentoring and networking formats. Showcases
are a unique opportunity to experience many artists and projects through short concerts, film and video screenings.
The presence of IAMIC
in Vienna this year was really successful for several reasons. IAMIC participated with a common stand for all its members where they had the opportunity to expose their material from their countries and institutions and where any potential member could be informed about the Association and its activities.
Moreover, IAMIC held again this year a network session with the title: A Strong Global Network. An introduction to IAMIC’s future projects and plans
presented by Susanna Eastburn (IAMIC Borad President) and Kostas Moschos (IAMIC Treasurer) informing the audience regarding IAMIC organisation as well as MINSTREL
After the presentation a reception took place at IAMIC’s stand where IAMIC members and non members had many pleasant and interesting meetings. During Classical:Next exposition different organisations and institutes expressed their interest of becoming new IAMIC members, developing our Association further. Hopefully, next year IAMIC will participate with the same success at Classical:Next 2015 carrying in its suitcases new members and new projects!
IAMIC, as a member of the European Music Council, was represented with the members of the Board Urs Schnell and Kostas Moschos at the 4th European Forum on Music and the 2014 EMC Annual Meeting, 19 – 22 June 2014 in the Swiss capital of Bern,
In cooperation with the Swiss Music Council and the Yehudi Menuhin Forum Bern, the Forum evolved around the theme "Music & Politics: A shared responsibility". Inspired by the host country, the 4th European Forum on Music explored what Europe can learn from Switzerland, the so-called "nation of will" ("Willensnation"). The widely acclaimed slogan "unity in diversity" is claimed by both the European Union and Switzerland as one of their main characteristics. What does this diversity look like? What are the challenges of it? And how is this diversity reflected in Europe?
During the Annual Meeting and General Assembly of the European Music Council, Kostas Moschos (IAMIC Treasurer)
was elected as Member of the new Board of EMC, nominated by IAMIC and replacing Stef Coninx. This way IAMIC continues the old tradition of having a member of its Board to the EMC board and thus help the collaboration of these two strong networks. More information is available here.
The 2014 IAMIC Annual Meeting, General Assembly, Conference and Concert
organised by Polish Music Information Centre (POLMIC)
will be held between 3rd and 8th of October in Wrocław, named historically as Breslau, in the south-west of Poland. The events will be organised in a close partnership with the ISCM World Music Days
which will be held in Wrocław at the same period. The IAMIC Conference and Concert have as theme “Tradition and new music
” and they will be dedicated and linked to the Oskar Kolberg
anniversary celebrations (the first Polish folklorist, 1814 -1890).
Innovation from IAMIC Members
Other IAMIC Member news
Busy Times at New Music USA
By Frank J. Oteri
Each year, New Music USA provides funding to numerous artists, organizations, and projects around the United States. This equates to a ton of New Music USA-funded events happening all the time. Starting in May, New Music USA has begun posting a calendar highlighting some of the performances taking place around the country that have in some way resulted from New Music USA funds— either via grants to the ensembles or presenters in support of the present performance or the original commissioning of the music.
In Autumn 2013, New Music USA launched its Project Grants for which we had an unprecedented 1618 submissions. A “project” to us means any activity that involves American new music getting out into the world through a live performance or recording. Requests can come from individuals or organizations. We understand that creative people often undertake many projects simultaneously, which is why we allow individuals and organizations to be on multiple projects per deadline. Projects can take place up to two years past the deadline, or up to six months prior. We are open to a huge range of new music projects. We’re especially interested in having our funds go towards paying artists directly for their work—whether that’s creating, engaging, performing, or something else. We place special emphasis on funds towards: the creation of new musical work; residency and community outreach activities; recording costs; and new live music for dance. The most competitive projects include specific living composers and recent music. We’re interested in making sure that we award a lot of smaller grants along with the larger ones, so we treat requests of $1500 and below as a special category. In the first round of the new Project Grants, we awarded more than $300,000 to a total 60 projects; you can see the projects awarded on our Featured Projects
For the second round of our Project Grants (which had a deadline of April 1, 2014) we received a total of 1,168 requests for support. While this is roughly 500 less than the first ground, this is still an overwhelming response. In order to handle the high volume of requests, we have thus far utilized the same process from the previous round: First, our staff screened each project for completeness, eligibility, and competitiveness. From this screening process, we were able to reduce the pool to 1,017 projects from a total of 45 states (there were also 94 international projects involving American composers). Then all of these projects were moved forward to an artistic review by a total of 30 panelists based all over the country. Based on the scores and comments from these panelists, we anticipate moving 150-200 projects forward for a second review after which we hope to award roughly 60 projects, as in the first round.
In addition to all of our grantmaking activity, throughout May 2014 New Music USA has been celebrating the 15 year anniversary of the founding of our online new music publication, NewMusicBox
. Since its May 1, 1999 debut on the internet, NewMusicBox has engaged composers, interpreters, administrators, patrons, and fans alike. The anniversary has been an opportunity for reflective essays about each of the years that NewMusicBox has been online from its core editorial team—Frank J. Oteri (who has been with the publication from the very beginning), Molly Sheridan (who has been here since 2001), and Alexandra Gardner (who has already been with us for four years). In addition, it has been a great way to link back to tons of great interviews and other articles in our archives through a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) and has also served as the basis for our spring fundraising drive.
Despite these extended historic reflections, NewMusicBox remains committed, first and foremost, to what is happening here and now. Some highlights of recent articles on NewMusicBox include: an essay debunking the concept of a “jazz police”
; a critic’s explanation of why he reviews certain CDs and not others
; a report on how some artists are attempting to redefine success
; and a discussion about how more women could get involved with jazz
. We have also featured interviews with a broad range of music creators including musical theatre composer Dave Malloy
, jazz pianist Aaron Parks
, retired 95-year-old Chilean-American composer Juan Orrego-Salas
, and emerging composer Joel Puckett
who has composed extensively for wind ensemble. Our next profile, published on June 1, is a talk with composer/performance artist Miya Masaoka; her provocative and sometimes controversial work ranges from experimental improvisation on the koto to installations involving plants and insects.
In addition, we continue to feature extensive coverage of new music events around the country from our regional editors based in Boston
, Los Angeles
, and Austin, Texas
. In the coming year, we are hoping to greatly expand our regional editor program beyond these four contributors in order to get regular content from a greater number of U.S. cities.
Finally, we continue to feature a constant 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week stream of new American music via Counterstream Radio. Counterstream can be accessed from the home pages of New Music USA and NewMusicBox, via Live365
, or at CounterstreamRadio.com
IEMA co-organiser of the joint ICMC|SMC|2014 Conference in Athens
The joint ICMC|SMC|2014
Conference will take place in Athens, Greece, from 14 to 20 September 2014
and, for the first time, it will bring on the cross-road two well established events: the 40th International Computer Music Conference
) joint with the 11th Sound & Music Computing conference
). The main theme of the Conference is "Music Technology meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos
". We invite researchers in music and sound computing, composers, musicologists and philosophers for a fruitful dialogue on related topics
in order to redefine the past, present and future of computer music and sound computing (more details in Call for Papers and Call for Music
). The ICMC|SMC|2014
Conference will include lectures, special sessions, indoors & outdoors concerts, installations, demonstrations, studio reports, workshops
, exhibition as well as a summer school
, given in various places
ranging from concert halls and university auditoria to museum lobbies and archaeological sites.
Joint Conference is organized by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
(Department of Music Studies
and Department of Informatics and Telecommunications
), the Onassis Cultural Center
and the Institute for Research on Music and Acoustics
ΙCMC|SMC|2014 will take place in Athens, a location with deep cultural roots which keeps the remembrance (anámnêsis) of the origins of Music (Mousikē) and Philosophy. The main objective of this joint conference focuses on the redefinition of the digital echos (sound) from different philosophical approaches in computer music and interactive music systems, on the origins of sound and music computing, as also on the pedagogy and the anthropology of music technology. Regarding the virtual ethos, the main focus will be on the impact of technology in contemporary composition and education, as well as in musicology (historical musicology, systematic musicology, ethnomusicology and archeomusicology) in order to reach out the society and provide wider and more direct access to knowledge, creative learning and cultural heritage.
Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2014: launch artwork + start ticket sales opening concert
The festival artwork for the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2014
, designed by Studio Lonne Wennekendonk, is finished! We hope you like it just as much as we do. Together with the launch of the new image, the ticket sales
for the opening concert
of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2014 has started. With this opening concert, performed by Asko|Schönberg
at the new TivoliVredenburg
, we look ahead into the future and back at the past. You can visit this page
to learn more about the five nominees for the Gaudeamus Prize 2014
. Meet tomorrow's composers!
Sound and Music launches New Voices
You can now explore the music and work of some of the most exciting composers and emerging talent working in Britain today via a brand new website
filled with music and sound as well as information about all of the featured composers.
Hello to everyone from SOUNZ Centre
for New Zealand Music. So far 2014 has been focused on writing a funding application for the three years 2015 – 2017. We were pleased to be offered the opportunity to become one of Creative New Zealand’s ‘leadership’ organisations as a provider of infrastructure services to New Zealand music. Essentially this means that we continue to be an information centre and central resource for scores and recordings etc, but that we also find ways to facilitate stronger links across the music community in order to get more New Zealand music performed/heard/recorded etc. This has been another development opportunity for our organisation which is exciting, although as we all know, the process of putting together a strong application is very time-consuming! I hope to have the results in August or September, so look forward to sharing more with you in October.
President: Susanna Eastburn (Sound and Music),
Vice President: Ed Harsh (New Music USA),
Secretary: Michalis Karakatsanis (Cyprus Music Information Center),
Treasurer: Kostas Moschos (Greek Music Information Centre),
Laure Marcel-Berlioz (Centre de la documentation de la musique contemporaine),
Miroslav Pudlak (Czech Music Centre),
Urs Schnell (Fondation SUISA pour la musique)
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