CALL FOR PROPOSALS TO HOST THE
12TH WORLD SYMPOSIUM ON CHORAL MUSIC IN 2020
PROPOSALS ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
Where in the world will you be in 2020?
Hopefully at the 12th IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music.
But where will that be? Who knows… Could it be in your country or your hometown?

The International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) announces a proposal call to host the 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM). This triennial symposium is the peak global event in the international choral calendar. It draws together the world’s leading musicians, choirs, conductors, composers, clinicians and arts administrators for a superlative experience of concerts, workshops, seminars, presentations and networking opportunities.

The International Federation for Choral Music has held 10 symposia in 13 world-class cities over the past 25 years. The first WSCM was held in Vienna in 1987, followed by Stockholm/Helsinki/Tallinn, 1990; Vancouver, 1993; Sydney, 1996; Rotterdam, 1999; Minneapolis, 2002; Kyoto, 2005; Copenhagen, 2008; Puerto Madryn, Argentina, 2011; and Seoul, South Korea, 2014. IFCM policy states that locations will alternate between the five continents. The 11th symposium will take place in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017.

Hosting a World Symposium brings high profile and prestige to the presenting city. The benefits accrue not only to the city and presenting partners, but to the musical growth and boosted economy of the region. If you and your institution are interested in hosting the 2020 symposium, please examine the guidelines, which give essential information about hosting a WSCM, a list of requirements that will need to be considered, and details on the conference setup and the responsibilities of the host country.

The proposal must come from a national choral organization. A major partnership with other companies such as city/regional government, convention tourist bureau, is highly recommended.

How to submit

  • Applications should be sent to IFCM via email at office@ifcm.net
    (an online form will soon be available on www.ifcm.net)
  • Deadline for proposals is 31 December, 2015.

Timeline:
December 31, 2015: Closing date for initial Proposal Applications
March 2016: Short-listed proposals announced
April 2016: Short-listed Proposal Presentations to the IFCM Board
May 2016: Announcement of winner of 12th IFCM World Symposium on Choral
Music 2020
Download the Organizational Guidelines here