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The Swiss Society for Contemporary Music (SSCM/ISCM Switzerland); Société Suisse de Musique Contemporaine (SSMC); Società Svizzera per la Musica Contemporanea (SSMC) is the national section of the ISCM and promotes the national and international exchange of contemporary music with a special focus on Swiss composers. Members of the SSCM are regional ISCM groups and ensembles, notably from Basle, Bern, Lausanne, Neuchâtel, St.Gallen, Lucerne, Zentralschweiz and Valais. Current members of the board in 2019 are Antoine Fachard, Max E.Keller (secretary), Egidius Streiff and Javier Hagen (president). .
ISCM Switzerland was founded 1922 by Werner Reinhart. On the initiative of Paul Sacher it shared the office with the STV/ASM (Swiss Musicians Association) from 1946-2001. In 2001 the society became independent of the STV during the preparations for the 2004 World New Music Days „Trans-it“. In 2014 Javier Hagen (IGNM-VS) has been elected ISCM Switzerland's president.
The 2004 World New Music Days „Trans-it“ were organised by the SSCM (festival director Mathias Steinauer). The motto was literally „transit“ – i.e. to penetrate, to go through, to overcome, to be in a trance, to dream...). In 2010, the SSCM instigated a Swiss exchange project over the „Röstigraben“ (between German and French speaking Switzerland) represented by the two ensembles Mondrian and Vortex: www.carteblancherouge.ch Before the creation of the SSCM, the local ISCM sections from Basle, Zürich and Romandie organised the earlier „World Music Days“: 1926 (Zürich), 1929 (Genève), 1957 (Zürich), 1970 (Basel), 1991 (Zürich).
The SSCM is a member of its parent society, the International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM). As one of the most important societies for Contemporary Music, the ISCM was founded on an initiative of the second Viennese School during the „Salzburger Festspiele“ in 1922. Founding members were the composers Bartok, Hindemith, Honegger, Milhaud, Ravel, Berg, Schönberg, Strawinsky and Webern. The ISCM comprises currently 66 independant sections. Every year it organises a Festival for contemporary music, the World Music Days. Currently Glenda Keam is president of the ISCM.