May 30

NewMusicSA and SANYOF team up to promote SA composers

nmsa1 logoNewMusicSA is the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). It runs the New Music Indaba festival (which includes the ‘Growing Composers workshops‘ where experienced professional composers work with those emerging in the field) and the Unyazi festival of electronic music. Under the auspices of the ISCM, NewMusicSA also administers a composer residency programme with the Visby International Centre for Composers (VICC) in Gotland, Sweden and selects pieces to represent South Africa at the annual ISCM World Music Days international festival.

As part of our developing partnership in promoting new South African music, New Music South Africa (NMSA) and the South African National Youth Orchestra Foundation (SANYOF) invited composers to submit works to be considered for performance at the 2009 SANYOF course between 25 June – 3 July 2009 in Pretoria.The response was overwhelming, and results will be out soon. We are very excited about the possibilities for performing more South African music in the future.

Like to know more about NewMusicSA?

NewMusicSA is an organization that aims to support and provide opportunities for South African composers. It is the South African section of the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). Their relationship with the ISCM (the oldest and most important international composers’ organization in the world) provides important links to the global community of composers for our members.

NewMusicSA runs two successful festivals: The New Music Indaba and the Unyazi Festival of Electronic Music. The New Music Indaba incorporates the ‘Growing Composers Workshops’ where new compositions by emerging composers are tried out and discussed by workshop participants, experienced musicians and professional composers. This year’s Indaba will be held in Pretoria between October 1st – 4th and the next Unyazi festival will take place in Durban in 2010. Their link to the ISCM helps us to run composer exchange projects with other countries.

NewMusicSA also publishes regular monthly e-newsletters and an annual Bulletin magazine for its users in addition to maintaining a popular website ( They regularly send information about composition competitions and other opportunities to their members. We would highly recommend anyone would wishes to become part of the community of composers in South Africa to join NewMusicSA.

Download the NewMusicSA membership form