ISCM 2021




    ISCM World Music Days

Shanghai & Nanning, China

17-25 September 2021


The Scottish Music Centre and New Music Scotland have partnered to become the official Scottish Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) and invite composers to submit their scores for World New Music Days (WNMD) Shanghai & Nanning 2021


The  ISCM is an international network of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of new and contemporary music. 


ISCM World New Music Days festival is an annual international showcase of new music – representing contemporary work from across the globe. This takes place in a different member nation each year, with the 2021 World Music Days Festival 2021 taking place in Shanghai (17-20 September) and Nanning (21-25 September), China.



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 Scottish 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:


Pete Stollery

Emily Doolittle


How to make an official submission via the ISCM Scottish Section


  1. Read the  ISCM Scottish Section Call 2021 document 
  2. Download and the ISCM Scottish Section Application Form
  3. Return the completed application form and the accompanying files to


The deadline for applications with all the accompanying document is 17:00, Monday 22 February 2021


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 Wed 17 March as to whether their work has been shortlisted. WNMD 2021 will announce the selected works in due course.


If you have any queriers please contact


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 Scottish Section

ISCM Scottish Section exists to promote the aims of the ISCM, both within Wales, and in co-operation with the British, Irish, Welsh 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.

Scottish Section Application Documents

ISCM Scottish Section Call 2021

ISCM Scottish Section Application Form



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.


Scottish Section Application Documents

ISCM Scottish Section Call 2021

ISCM Scottish Section Application Form



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