ICM – 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 the 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 2025 WNMD will be hosted by Miso Music Portugal, the Portuguese Section of the ISCM, from 30 May to 7 June 2025, in Lisbon and Porto. The full program, including repertoire selections chosen from ISCM member submissions and individual submissions, will be announced in the coming months.

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

Samuel Hvozdík Wins the 2024 ISCM Young Composer Award

By Frank J. Oteri | July 1, 2024

Chen Yi & Linda Catlin Smith Elected ISCM Honorary Members

By Frank J. Oteri | June 24, 2024

MATRIX has Assembled a Faroe Islands Music Playlist to Celebrate the Upcoming 2024 ISCM WNMD

By ISCM | June 17, 2024

Composers Invited to Apply to the 9th Sterkfontein Composers Meeting

By ISCM | May 20, 2024

VICC Residency

By ISCM | March 1, 2024

Call For Works Announced for the 2025 ISCM WNMD in Portugal

By ISCM | February 2, 2024

Forecast’s 2024 Call for Proposals is Now Open

By ISCM | January 23, 2024

Madli Marje Gildemann Wins 2023 ISCM Young Composer Award

By Frank J. Oteri | December 20, 2023

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

The ISCM Virtual Collaborative Series