About ISCM-Flanders

ISCM stands for International Society of Contemporary Music, an international organisation for contemporary art music that was founded in 1923. It is an important international network for the promotion of contemporary art music, consisting today of almost 50 members, coming from all corners of our globe. The national sections are independent organisations, exerting themselves each one in its own country to further contemporary music.

The Belgian national section, ISCM-Belgium, was founded in 1924-25 and counts among its chairmen André Souris and Jean Absil. In 1930 and 1950 Belgium hosted the international festival. After the festival in 1950 the section ceased existence. Later, in 1972, ISCM-Belgium was refounded by André Laporte, Pierre Bartholomée and Herman Sabbe. Belgium hosted again the World Music Days in 1981.

From within ISCM-Belgium, and supported by them, the idea to found an independent ISCM-Flanders took form: an association/platform for composers and ensembles, as well as documentation centres and whomever is dealing professionally with contemporary art music.

The purpose of ISCM-Flanders is to organise activities to promote contemporary art music.