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.

The ISCM embraces the diverse music of its many members without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, or politics. It values open and democratic procedures in the formation and enactment of policy, including the decision (made by the General Assembly of all its members) regarding where each World New Music Days festival will be held. The ISCM pledges to realize the equitable representation of nationality, gender, and age of composers and musicians in all of its programming. As an international organization of artists, we support diversity and ensure to promote it.



The 2023 WNMD will be hosted by the ISCM South Africa Section from 24 November - 3 December 2023. The selected repertoire from the Call for Works has just been announced. Further details will be posted to the Upcoming Festivals page on this site once they are announced.


The 2024 WNMD will be hosted by the ISCM Faroe Islands Section from 23-30 June 2024. The Call for Works will be open from 1 September until 10 October 2023, and selections announced in mid-December.


The ISCM acknowledges with horror and dismay the invasion and war currently being waged on Ukraine. We denounce all such attacks, and their threat to life and civilization. The ISCM arose 100 years ago from a desire to contribute to world peace and respect through musical collaboration and sharing of insights. The attacks currently occurring in Ukraine are anathema to the ISCM: they destabilise world peace and they destroy musical life. Without musical life there is no real living. We fear for the safety of our members in Ukraine and fervently hope the war will be brought to a swift close.

- Dr. Glenda Keam
President, ISCM

WNMD – World (New) Music Days

The annual ISCM World Music Days Festival is organized each year by a different host. The festival presents music from each of our members, showcasing the incredible diversity of musical practice in our time.

World New Music Magazine

The WNM Magazine is an annually published magazine on contemporary music published by the ISCM. It is published in connection to ISCM's annual festival World (New) Music Days, hosted by one of ISCM's members.

ISCM Activities

ISCM arranges many activities throughout the year. These are the ISCM Young Composer Awards, ISCM-VICC Composer in Residency program and ISCM Collaborative Events that are activities co-organised by multiple ISCM Members.

Community & Opportunities

ISCM´s Community is where the ISCM members can promote and meet in activities or oppurtunities to other members like Competitions, Festivals, Conferences / Workshops or Residences.

News from the ISCM & its members

Three New Members Elected to the ISCM ExCom

By ISCM | December 2, 2023

Further Details Announced for the 2023 ISCM World New Music Days and General Assembly in South Africa

By ISCM | October 13, 2023

Call for Works for 2024 ISCM WNMD in Faroe Islands

By ISCM | July 6, 2023

Selected Works Announced for the 2023 ISCM World New Music Days in South Africa

By ISCM | June 13, 2023

Remembering Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023)

By Frank J. Oteri | June 2, 2023

Edition49 Announces Mandolin Composition Competition

By ISCM | April 17, 2023

12th Rivers Awards International Composition Competition Annnounced (RACC) 2023

By ISCM | April 13, 2023

Score Submissions Wanted for Concert During 2nd “100 Years of ISCM” Symposium in Vienna

By ISCM | February 1, 2023

Call for Works Announced for ISCM 2023 World New Music Days in South Africa

By ISCM | January 23, 2023

A Remembrance of ISCM Honorary Members Yoriaki Matsudaira and Doming Lam

By Frank J. Oteri | January 15, 2023

ISCM-Musika Bulegoa Choral Composition Competition Winners Announced

By ISCM | July 7, 2022

International Review of Composers Call for Scores Announced

By ISCM | June 23, 2022

11th Rivers Awards Composition Competition (RACC) 2022 Announced

By Frank J. Oteri | April 29, 2022

Celebrating André Laporte at 90

By Frank J. Oteri | November 15, 2021

Remembering R. Murray Schafer (1933-2021)

By ISCM | September 6, 2021

Works Chosen for the 2021 ISCM WNMD

By ISCM | August 12, 2021

Composers’ Association of Serbia Announces a Call for Scores – Deadline 31 Oct 2021

By ISCM | July 9, 2021

First Hong Kong International Composition Competition for Chromatic Harmonica 2021

By ISCM | June 15, 2021

Announcing the 10th Rivers Awards Composition Competition (RACC) 2021

By ISCM | June 8, 2021

Mozarteum University Salzburg to Host International Symposium Marking ISCM’s Centenary

By Frank J. Oteri | May 7, 2021

The ISCM Virtual Collaborative Series