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Calling composers!​


ISCM World New Music Days:
Portugal
30 May –
7 June 2025

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) Portugal (Lisbon and Porto) 2025. 
 

The theme of this year's WNMD is “Thirst for Change” and the jury will particularly favour works that resonate with, or contribute to, the festival's topic.


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 May and June (2025).

There are 14 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 submission process to the ISCM Welsh Section is free of charge and our panel will assess the submissions, and put forward six works as the official submission to the ISCM. As an ISCM Associate Member, our submission must cover at least four of the specified categories. A minimum of one of these six pieces will be selected by WNMD 2025 for a guaranteed performance.

 

Names of the ISCM Welsh panel members will be published soon.

 

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 through our online form below:

 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 10 minutes in duration, except where specifically noted in a category description, and composed after 2015, with highest priority given to works composed after 2020.

  • Submissions by composers whose work was performed in the ISCM World Music Days 2024 in the Faroe Islands will not be considered.
               

Deadline for applications 10:00, Friday 5 April 2024

Late applications will not be considered. All applicants will be informed by Wednesday 24 April as to whether their work has been shortlisted. WNMD 2025 will announce the selected works in due course.
 

Queries: please contact Shakira Mahabir at Tŷ Cerdd: shakira.mahabir@tycerdd.org or 029 2063 5640.

Individual submission

Individual Submissions must be submitted by an independent composer or a composer’s authorized representative. Submissions should be submitted via the ISCM 2025 Individual Submission Form. An entry fee of €55.00 applies to Individual Submissions, payable at the time of submission by Paypal using the link provided on the ISCM website.

Individual submissions are not guaranteed a performance. Space in the festival for Individual Submissions is limited, but we will consider all submissions and perform those that can be included.
 

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.

ISCM WNMD
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