JUNE 3-7, 2020


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.

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

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 one member at the Associate Member level.

To join ISIM, click here.

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.


For questions or more information, please contact us.