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AHRC Networking Grant Awarded to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Dr. Karen McAulay has been awarded an AHRC Networking Grant. The title of the fourteen-month project is Claimed from Stationers' Hall: The United Kingdom's Historical Copyright Music Collections. The project concerns sheet music surviving in British legal deposit libraries during the period 1710–1836 under the 1709 Copyright Act legislation. The project seeks to identify the patterns of survival in different libraries and to establish how accessible the material is through online catalogues. Exploring the history of British-published music in all British legal deposit libraries, this project also offers an opportunity for networking from all relevant disciplines, e.g., musicologists, music and rare books librarians, book and cultural historians. What happened to the music? What was sent to libraries? What was retained in libraries? And what use was made of it once it got there? Follow this fascinating project on Twitter (@ClaimedStatHall) and on the dedicated blog:

"Mark the Music", a two-day course for librarians working with music in the Nordic countries was arranged by the Swedish IAML Branch (Svenska musikbiblioteksföreningen) in Gothenburg, 15–16 June 2017. The course took place at the Academy of Music and Drama and the Gothenburg University Library. Thirty-seven colleagues participated in the course with representatives from all Nordic countries. Thanks to the adjacent IAML Congress in Riga, Latvia, we could proudly offer high-profile speakers from our Association: Bonna Boettcher, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Carolyn Dow, Ann Kunish, Judy Tsou, Jennifer Ward, and Tine Vind. The programme for the course and the presentations of the speakers are online at, and are also available at the Web site of the Swedish IAML Branch:

On the first day of the course, topics mostly focused on research libraries and libraries in music teaching institutions: a workshop on Muscat—the new RISM programme for cataloguing musical sources, critical editions/editing music, issues in sound and video, preserving sound in the United States, and music research databases. Jennifer Ward made a presentation on RISM for librarians and Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie presented new resources from RILM and an overview of IAML. Ample time was given to discuss and share resources with one another after each presentation.

The second day was devoted to the future of music in public libraries: trends, innovations, perspectives, new tasks, and promotional work. After three presentations, the participants of the course shared and learned during a group discussion. The day also consisted of a study visit to the Herbert Blomstedt Collection ( housed at the Gothenburg University Library ( and a guided tour of the Gothenburg Public Library ( Many colleagues were able to attend the course in Gothenburg, some of whom have never participated in an international IAML congress, convincing evidence of the value of belonging to the International Association. Thanks to the new workspaces on the IAML Web site, it is now easy for all IAML members to be actively involved in the work on an international level and being a part of a global network of colleagues and friends.

Pia Shekhter
Gothenburg University Library
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The National Academy of Music "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" in Sofia is pleased to announce its Academic Forum: "Integral Music Theory" 2017, an international online conference. The Forum welcomes proposals for its forthcoming conference on "Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Music Theory". The aim for the conference is to demonstrate how analytical insights reveal music's diverse structural and expressive properties in varied contexts—defined by period, style, and genre—that enable more informed interpretative solutions. Presentations should be original contributions that develop the central theme of music theory as an applied discipline through music's interaction with other arts, science, philosophy, and theology.

Submissions of proposals should be no more than fifteen pages with standard margins (1,800 characters per page), including notated examples, schematics, tables, and images. The preferred font is Times New Roman (14 point, with a line spacing of 1.5). In addition, an abstract of no more...


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