Cultural Directory of Slovakia - International

Founded in Paris in 1952, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) is a multinational non-profit joint venture which aims at comprehensive documentation of existing worldwide musical sources, including manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. It is the largest and only global operation registering and documenting written musical sources.
Relaunched in 1999, JMI Slovakia aims to help young musicians develop their musical and artistic lives. It has renewed its chamber orchestra activities and is preparing symphonic orchestra activities. Chamber orchestra benefit concerts with Slovak and foreign soloists and conductors are organised regularly. JMI Slovakia continues to organise concerts in elementary music schools in Slovakia with the Slovak Philharmonic.
The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) was founded in 1926 and is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. Its headquarters are in Paris, with regional offices in Budapest, Buenos Aires and Singapore. It works towards increased recognition and protection of creators' rights.In June 2006 CISAC numbered 217 authors' societies from 114 countries and indirectly represented more than 2.5 million creators within all the artistic repertoires: music, drama, literature, audio-visual works, graphic and visual arts.
Established in 1929, BIEM is the international organisation which represents mechanical rights societies. Mechanical rights societies exist in most countries. They license the reproduction of songs (including musical, literary and dramatic works). Their members are composers, authors and publishers and their clients are record companies and other users of recorded music. They also license mechanical aspects of the downloading of music via the Internet.
The Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Contest bears the name of the pianist and composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel (b 14 November 1778 Bratislava – d 17 October 1837 Weimar), a native of Bratislava, in whose work blend the elements of late Classicism and early Romanticism. It has taken place in Bratislava since 2003 and is the member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. The Slovak Philharmonic is the organiser, and the Contest’s President is Professor Marián Lapšanský, General Director of the Slovak Philharmonic.