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Goals and Activities

CISM (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés Musicales, International confederation of music societies) member of UNESCO, was founded in 1949 A nonprofit-organisation, the CISM contains 11 national societies of Wind-, Drum-, Bugle-, Piper- and Symphonic Bands. At present the voting members of CISM include about 15 000 bands and ensembles


Maintain, promote and cultivate band music
to support band music and compositions and publications.

Realize the common interests of the meber scieties, on a national as well as international level.

Promote education and training in music.

Arrange and realize international contacs of meeting, especially for young musicans.



The CISM’s cooperation with their member societies and international organisations can be demonstrated in the following activities:

  • Exchange of information about activities like music-camps

  • International and national music-festivals

  • Important concerts, performances and events

  • Assistance and support of the exchange of bands and ensembles

  • Information and advice on youth-activities within societies and bands

  • Organisation of the annual congress for member societies

  • Organisation of workshops for conductors and instrumental teachers for youth

  • Realization of contests and competitions for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles as well as for Drum-, Bugle- and Piperbands

  • Invitation to competitions for original band compositions

  • Publication of catalogues for recommendable band music

  • Preparation of rules for competition

  • Publication of catalogues of experts (judges, lecturer etc.)

  • Information about of music archives, collections and libraries.

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