Our next festival/conference is coming right up!


Our next ISIM festival/conference will be held 3-7 June 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

The timing of this event will be particularly significant in that it marks the 40 th anniversary of the Jazz and Improvised Music Department at the Melbourne Conservatory, and will coincide with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.

Hotel information

ISIM has negotiated a group rate with the Quay West Southbank hotel, just a few minutes’ walk from our venue. To access this rate, please contact Managing Director Alex Rodríguez. The Holiday Inn Express is another slightly less expensive option near the venue. We encourage you to book your accommodations early!


Consistent with conventional conference protocols, ISIM will charge a modest conference registration fee to help defray the considerable expenses incurred in mounting an event of this scale. Nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please contact Managing Director Alex Rodríguez if you need to pay a lower amount.

Presenters and Performers: $100

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Non-presenters/general registration

General registration will be open soon.  Stay tuned....



ISIM invites proposals for performances, workshops, academic papers, and panel discussions related to any aspect of improvised music for the organization’s 12th festival/conference. ISIM Festival/Conferences, which began in 2006, offer a unique opportunity for improvising musicians and scholars to develop world-wide collaborations. We invite presenters to propose musical performances, academic lecture presentations, workshops, or other forms of creative experimentation. There will also be ample opportunities for participants to interact and perform in ad hoc sessions, time for which is built into the schedule. The language of the event will be English.

 The event is particularly auspicious for the host site in that it marks the 40th anniversary of the Jazz and Improvisation Department at the Melbourne Conservatorium and coincides with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. The Jazz and Improvisation Department, chaired by Professor and ISIM member Robert Vincs, celebrates the diversity of its student cohort and its geographic positioning relative to Asia. Musicians draw influence from the Australian landscape, African-American Jazz Heritage, and contemporary European practices. Australia holds a very unique position in terms of art making: it is simultaneously a young settler country with a rich multicultural population and a site of indigenous practices that literally can be traced back over 60,000 years.

 Proposals are welcome from current and new ISIM members, including those who join or renew their membership concurrent with the proposal submission deadline. For proposals involving ensembles of two or three, at least one member must be an ISIM member in good standing. Ensembles of four or more must have at least onemember at the Associate Member level.

To join ISIM, click here.

To apply to at the 2019 ISIM Festival/Conference, click here and be prepared to provide:

  • A brief bio (300 words max)
  • A proposal description (350 words max) that outlines your presentation
  • A link to work on a webpage or MP3 file (if proposing a performance)
  • Technical support needs

Note: ISIM and host site will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate technical requests beyond basic PA and screen projection capabilities. Applicants will be notified if such requests exceed the available resources.

Proposal deadline: December 6, 2019
Notification of decision: January 3, 2020
Conference registration deadline: March 1, 2020

For questions or more information, please contact us.


Conference registration fee: $100

Consistent with conventional conference protocols, ISIM will charge a modest conference registration fee to help defray the expenses incurred in mounting an event of this scale. Discounted membership and conference registration will be considered for presenters and performers on an individual basis. To be considered for this accommodation, please contact us before the conference registration deadline at info@improvisedmusic.org. Also, for any other questions about registration or membership, please contact us at this address.


ISIM promotes performance, education, and research in improvised music, illuminating connections between musical improvisation and creativity across fields.

Melding diverse cultures, ethnicities, disciplines, and ideas that shape society at large, today’s musical world is increasingly characterized by creative expressions that transcend conventional style categories. Improvisation is a core aspect of this global confluence of eclectic musical activity. Initially used to describe jazz and its offshoots, improvised music now encompasses a broad spectrum of formats-from computer music and multimedia collaborations to string quartets, bebop bands and multiethnic fusion.

Bringing together artists, listeners, teachers, industry professionals, and researchers, ISIM aims to further the growth and understanding of improvisation in our educational systems and society at large.