9th Festival and Conference

WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY

Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

May 12-16, 2016


CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) is happy to announce that its 2016 event will take place in Waterloo and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University from May 12th through 15th.  ISIM’s first-ever event to be held outside the USA took place in July 2015 in Château d’Oex, Switzerland. We look forward to following the great success of that event with our second outside the USA, this time in one of the most vibrant improvised music scenes in North America.


The gathering will as usual combine festival and conference components and bring together musicians, teachers, scholars, promoters, and listeners who are interested in exploring the many facets of spontaneous musical creativity. We invite you to seize this opportunity to create connections and share knowledge with world-class devotees of the art of improvisation from all around the globe.     


ISIM invites proposals for performances, workshops, academic papers, and panel discussions related to any aspect of improvised music. Proposals are welcome from current and new ISIM members, including those who join or renew their membership concurrent with the proposal submission deadline. Proposals will not be considered from applicants whose membership is not current.  Presenters will cover their own travel and hotel expenses.  Conference Registration is $75 US. The language of the event will be English.

To apply to perform or present at the 2016 ISIM Festival/Conference, send the following to 2016@improvisedmusic.org.

  • Brief bio (300 words max)

  • If proposing a performance: A link to your music on a webpage or MP3 file

  • Proposal description (350 words max) that outlines your presentation

  • Technical support requirements

*Please indicate clearly if you are proposing a performance, workshop, talk, panel, discussion, academic paper, or other.


Proposal deadline: December 15, 2015

Notification of decision:  February 1, 2016

Conference registration deadline: March 15, 2016


For questions or more information, please contact us.


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION —INDIVIDUALS
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.  
Presenters: $75

Non-presenters: $200

*After March 30, 2015

Presenters: $90

Non-presenters: $215

*Registration will be made available online through paypal after the proposal deadline.


CONFERENCE REGISTRATION—ENSEMBLES

Duos and trios: At least one member must be an ISIM member in good standing in order for the ensemble proposal to be considered.  Quartets and larger must join ISIM at Associate Member level ($250 US).

In cases of financial duress, scholarships will be considered for presenters/performers.  

PRESENTERS/PERFORMERS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A SCHOLARSHIP MUST PROVIDE REQUEST IN WRITING BEFORE THE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DEADLINE.

HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION
Hotel information is currently being finalized. But all indications are that we’ll be able to announce attractive rates at several locations. We’ll share that information as soon as it’s available, and post it to the ISIM website as well.

Travel:

Follow this link for air and ground travel information.

ISIM Board of Directors
Ed Sarath, Founder and President
Karlton Hester, Vice President
India Cooke, Secretary
Jin Hi Kim, Treasurer
William Johnson
Douglas Ewart

ISIM Staff

Richard Robeson, Executive Director
Billy Satterwhite, Administrative Coordinator

Previous ISIM event hosts
The University of Michigan
Northwestern University
University of Denver
University of California Santa Cruz
William Paterson University
York College, CUNY/Roulette

New School University

Ecole de Musique du Pays-d'Enhaut, Chateau D'oex Switzerland