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International Society of Contemporary Music

Calling composers!​

ISCM World New Music Days:
Shanghai & Nanning, China
17 – 25 September 2021

Tŷ Cerdd – the official Welsh Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) – invites Welsh / Wales-based composers to submit their scores for World New Music Days (WNMD) Shanghai & Nanning 2021.

ISCM World New Music Days festival is an annual international showcase of new music – representing contemporary work from across the globe, and this year it will take place in September. There are 12 categories for which submissions are invited to be presented at the festival. You can submit works by sending a PDF version of the score plus an audio or video recording of the work (if available), or audio/video documentation if the work does not have a written score.


The ISCM Welsh Section’s panel will assess the submissions, and put forward six works as the official submission to the ISCM. A minimum of one of these six will be selected by WNMD 2021 for performance.


This year's panel is:

Lynne Plowman – Chair of ISCM Welsh Section

Daniel Soley – composer; his work was presented at WNMD Estonia 2019

Jo Thomas – composer

Deborah Keyser – Director, Tŷ Cerdd


How to make an official submission via the ISCM Wales Section

Please see below for further information on the requirements, categories and guidelines. Read them carefully, ensuring that your submission fulfils requirements, and fits within the category and guideline information.

Submit your application with all accompanying documents by 17:00, Monday 22 February 2021 through our online form HERE   


Please note:

  • Only one work per composer may be submitted, by either Individual submission or Official submission.

  • Priority will be given to works shorter than 12 minutes in duration, except where specifically noted in a category description.

  • Priority will also be given to works under a certain duration. Please check this carefully as each category is different.

Deadline for applications 17:00, Monday 22 February 2021

Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be informed by Friday 12 March as to whether their work has been shortlisted. WNMD 2021 will announce the selected works in due course.
Queries: please contact Shakira Mahabir at Tŷ Cerdd: or 029 2063 5640.

Our colleagues in the ISCM British and Scottish sections also have artists calls out, see:
Sound and Music:          
New Music Scotland

Individual submission

You can make an Individual Submission in place of submitting through an official section. Individual Submissions must be submitted by an independent composer or a composer’s authorised representative. More information on how to apply through this method can be found HERE

ISCM Welsh Section
ISCM Welsh exists to promote the aims of the ISCM, both within Wales, and in co-operation with the British, Irish, Scottish and other, international Sections. The Society aims to promote contemporary music and raise its public profile, through effective global networking, communication and facilitation of multilateral activities between the members.

Its mission is to:

  • Raise the profile of contemporary music through the collective strength of the Society’s global network and  membership makeup.

  • Pursue exposure, research and performance of contemporary music through initiatives by its membership, as well as collaboration with affiliated bodies.

  • Showcase the diversity of contemporary music worldwide through the World New Music Days Festival.

World New Music Days
The World Music Days Festival is an annual meeting of the ISCM, organised and solely funded by different sections each year, 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 aims to be a meeting place for organisations, performers and composers around the world. World Music Days takes place in consecutive days in the host country and can be organised in any format which suits the artistic and practical preferences of the organiser in accordance with ISCM Statutes, reflecting the diversity of contemporary music. The festival strives to represent all legitimate members of the ISCM in one way or another through the activities of its programmes, including performances, seminars, exhibitions, and networking.

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