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Events, projects and engagement
Records concerning the events and projects run by the British Music Information Centre (BMIC) and records concerning the BMIC's engagement with other music organisations and the wider musical community.

The records include administrative records organising the BMIC projects and events including The Cutting Edge concert series, The Cutting Edge Tour, the New Voices Project, the New Voices Recordings Project, the BMIC Digitisation Project, The New Music Mart. These records also include records concerning the BMIC's involvement with other music organisations and their projects, including the International Association of Music Information Centres, Jazz Services, Arts and Business, Contemporary Music Making for Amateurs (CoMA), the State of the Nation 2000 Festival, Classical Music Forum, the Chamber Music Exchange Project, the National Federation of Music Societies, the Music Libraries Online Project, Accord, and the Requiem Fragments Project.
  • BMC/EV/1

    New Voices Series

    1999-2014
    Records concerning the British Music Information Centre's New Voices projects. The original New Voices Project which was a composer support scheme that provided print and distribution services for composers at the beginning of their careers who were looking to self-publish. The project aimed to raise the profile for emerging talent that existed outside of the support of commercial publishers or record companies. In 2003 the BMIC began the New Voices Recordings Project that created 10 hours of recordings of music by 30 composers that were part of the British Music Information Centre's New Voices programme and created a website and sample CD-book to distribute the recordings. These records comprise the British Music Information Centre's administrative records organising these two projects.
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  • BMC/EV/2

    The Cutting Edge Series

    1999-2008
    Administrative records of the British Music Information Centre's The Cutting Edge concert series. The Cutting Edge was an annual concert series organised by the British Music Information Centre (BMIC) that took place annually in London in the autumn. The concerts focused on new and contemporary music written post-1960 mostly by British composers. Programmes often featured music by younger generation composers alongside work by more established figures. The BMIC acted as the co-ordinator for The Cutting Edge series, by hiring the venues, carrying out publicity and providing administration. The costs for the venue hire, publicity and concert administration on the evening of the event were then passed on to the performers, who would recoup these costs through the ticket sales, grants, or fees from any education or broadcast opportunities that arose through the series. The Cutting Edge Tour was a national tour of concerts from the London Cutting Edge series that had taken place in the previous autumn. Concerts were organised as both one off events and as part of other music festivals.
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  • BMC/EV/3

    International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) Series

    2001-2003
    The International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) was founded in 1986 and is an international network of organisations working to promote and document new music. Each member-organisation focusses on the music of its own country or region. These records are the administrative records of IAMIC's activities held by the British Information Centre, they include include meeting minutes, reports, plans, schedules, accounts, receipts and invoices.
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  • BMC/EV/4

    The British Music Information Centre Digitisation Project Series

    2001-2005
    The British Music Information Centre Digitisation Project was a project funded by the New Opportunities Fund (NOF), as part of NOF's Digitisation of Learning Materials programme, to create an online learning resource comprising 100,000 pages of scores representing 20th century British contemporary music, and an associated education and learning materials website. These records include applications, policies, reports, accounts, articles, meeting agendas and minutes, and correspondence organising the project.
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  • BMC/EV/5

    The Place Dance Services composer database Item

    1988-1997
    In 1994-1995 the BMIC and The Place Dance Services (TPDS) started to sign post potential users to each other's organisations. TPDS agreed to refer choreographers interested in contemporary music to the BMIC and the BMIC agreed to refer composers interested in choreography to TPDS. During 1992-1993 TPDS started to collect information about composers interested in collaboration with choreographers, but found that it could not develop this service to reach the desired levels. After consultation with the BMIC, and with the permission of the composers involved, it was agreed that this information, including recordings of works, would be transferred to the BMIC.

    These records include the TPDS's Composers Database that includes composers' curriculum vitaes (CVs), letters, recordings, photographs and lists of works. The recordings in this series are all on audio cassette tape, some are labelled with the composer's corresponding database number, while others are labelled with a unique tape reference that is derived partially from the composer's surname. The file also includes programmes for concerts and events that took place at the British Music Information Centre and were filed with these records.

    Many of these records were submitted by composers in order to apply for TPDS's The Exchange programme, which was an intensive residency course in which 10 composers and 10 choreographers worked together through workshops and other sessions to promote greater understanding of each other's work.
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  • BMC/EV/6

    Jazz Services Item

    1997-2006
    The records include Jazz Services business and action plans, minutes of the meeting of the Jazz Services Education Advisory Panel, meeting notes concerning the National Jazz Archive Unification Project, and correspondence between Jazz Services and the British Music Information Centre concerning a notated Jazz music archive.
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  • BMC/EV/7

    Society for the Promotion of New Music Item

    2000-2001
    The records include meeting minutes of joint British Music Information Centre (BMIC) and Society for the Promotion of New Music (SPNM) meetings, and notes concerning the services, programmes and aspirations of the two services c2001.
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  • BMC/EV/8

    Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts (later Arts & Business) Item

    1999-2005
    Records relating to the Association for Businness Sponsorship of the Arts (later Arts & Business) and its Board Bank scheme to help arts organisation recruit business volunteers. The records include the British Music Information Centre's application to the board bank scheme and correspondence organising the placements and concerning other Arts & Business activities.
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  • BMC/EV/9

    Contemporary Music Making for Amateurs (CoMA) Item

    1999-2002
    These records particularly concern the development of the CoMA Contemporary Music Library. These records include meeting agendas and minutes of CoMA Contemporary Music Library Working Group meetings and correspondence between Matthew Greenall, Director of the British Music Information Centre, and individuals at CoMA concerning the developments of the project and the contents of the library. The records also include meeting agendas and minutes of the CoMA Music Advisory Panel and reports and updates concerning other CoMA projects.
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  • BMC/EV/10

    State of the Nation 2000 Item

    1999-2002
    Records concerning London Sinfonietta's State of the Nation 2000 festival. The British Music Information Centre (BMIC) was a project partner for the event. These records include programmes, press releases and timetables for the event, meeting notes from the festival's project partner meetings, and correspondence between Matthew Greenall, Director of the British Music Information Centre, and individuals at London Sinfonietta concerning the role of the BMIC in the festival.
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