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RILM at IMS, 2022

Monday, August 15, 2022

RILM will participate at this year’s meeting of the International Musicological Society’s 21st quinquennial conference in Athens, 22–26 August 2022.

On Monday, 22 August, at 2:30pm/7:30am EDT, the RILM session will feature a panel on Greek music historiography, titled Writing the Shifting Borders of Greece: Music Historiographers’ Perspectives, which features presentations by Arsinoi Ioannidou (on behalf of Aris Bazmadelis), Kostas Chardas, Pavlos Kavouras, Markos Tsetsos, and Panos Vlagopoulos. This session is chaired jointly by Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Tina Frühauf, and Zdravko Blažeković. Tina and Zdravko will also present and participate in several other panels that focus on music historiography, migration, and global issues.

Please feel free to find any of us and ask questions, provide feedback, or just say hello. You can find more details on this exciting event in the conference program and on the conference website.

RILM Board of Directors Announces Next Executive Director

Monday, August 15, 2022

August 15, 2022 – The Board of Directors of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is delighted to announce that Tina Frühauf, current Deputy Executive Director of RILM, will become its next Executive Director effective 29 August 2022. She will be the fifth person to lead RILM, succeeding Barry S. Brook (1966–89), Terrence E. Ford (1989–91), Adam P. J. O’Connor (1991–96), and Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie (1996–2022).

Following an international search, the Board of Directors unanimously selected Dr. Frühauf as RILM’s next Executive Director. “Tina brings to the position a unique breadth of experience at RILM and in the academic community,” said Dr. Mackenzie, RILM’s current Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors. “At RILM she has already worn many hats, all successfully, including as an editor, as head of marketing, and as licensor of full-text content for RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text and RILM Music Encyclopedias. Tina is also a widely published and active scholar and teacher. What impressed the Board most about Tina is her passion for RILM’s global mission and her vision for the organization and its role in music research of the 21st century.”

“I am thrilled and honored to serve as RILM’s next Executive Director and, by extension, all researchers, educators, students, and librarians worldwide who seek to access to music literature and scholarship in all its facets and contexts,” says Dr. Frühauf. “Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie created a stable and entrepreneurial work environment, and I am excited to head an organization that is well prepared to continue its development. As a scholar, teacher, and editor, I have relied on RILM’s research tools for over two decades and I strongly believe in their scope, which is driven by the global mission they represent. Expanding RILM’s global network and strengthening the appreciation of bibliography and historiography as crucial pillars of solid academic work is at the forefront of RILM’s future work. With this, I hope that RILM’s resources remain indispensable sources of knowledge that support all those who are engaged in the study of music.”

RILM’s 2021 Board of Directors served as the search committee: Zdravko Blažeković (RILM), L. Charles Fink (RILM), Elizabeth Davis (Columbia University), Richard Freedman (Haverford College), Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie (RILM), Philippe Vendrix (CNRS), and Richard W. Young (Quarles & Brady, ret.). The committee benefited from the assistance of Mary Gail Biebel, succession consultant, and Sara McWilliams, executive search consultant.

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), New York: RILM publishes a suite of online reference works for music research, including the German music encyclopedia Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (as MGG Online) and the lexicographic collection RILM Music Encyclopedias. Its well-known bibliographic database RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text has some 1.5 million records representing publications concerning all types of music, published in more than 170 languages, coming from some 150 countries, and includes several hundred journals in full text. RILM also published the Index to Printed Music, and the forthcoming online version of Dizionario enciclopedico universale della musica e dei musicisti (as DEUMM Online). RILM functions under the auspices of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres; the International Association for the Study of Popular Music; the International Musicological Society; the International Council for Traditional Music. RILM is housed at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in New York City.

Tina Frühauf has been a core member of the RILM staff since 2003, working in a number of capacities over the years. She is an active scholar and writer; the study of Jewish music in modernity has been Dr. Frühauf’s primary research focus for two decades, culminating in monographs such as Orgel und Orgelmusik in deutsch-jüdischer Kultur and Transcending Dystopia: Music, Mobility, and the Jewish Community in Germany, 1945–1989. Her most recent scholarly work focuses on the historiography of music scholarship and migration, examining the mass dislocation of peoples in the 20th century and the conditions of globalization, genocide, exile, and minority experience as well as musicology and coloniality. Dr. Frühauf is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and serves on the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Zdravko Blažeković
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016

RILM at IAML in Prague, 2022

Monday, July 18, 2022

RILM will participate at this year’s meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML) in Prague, 24–29 July 2022.

On Thursday, 28 July, at 2:00pm/8:00am EDT, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, RILM’s Executive Director and past President of IAML (among many other IAML duties), will chair the RILM general session titled Bibliography as a Tool of Cultural Preservation, which will include three presentations: Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie and Jadranka Važanová (RILM’s Senior Editor and RAFT Product Development Coordinator) will give an update on the latest development across all of RILM’s resources. Zdravko Blažeković (RILM’s Executive Editor and Product Development Coordinator), together with Antonio Baldassarre (Hochschule Luzern – Musik) and Daniela Castaldo (Università del Salento), will introduce the new DEUMM ONLINE. Stephanie Bonjack (University of Colorado Boulder) will present the paper “Highlighting performing arts and cultural heritage in Ukraine”.

On Wednesday, 27 July, at 11:00am/5:00am EDT, Jadranka Važanová will chair the RILM Business Meeting for National Committees.

Please feel free to find any of us and ask questions, provide feedback, or just say hello. You can find more details on this exciting event in the conference program and on the conference website.

RILM at ICTM, 2022

Friday, July 15, 2022

RILM will participate in the 46th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, 21–27 July 2022.

On Saturday, 23 July, at 9:00am/4:00am EDT, Associate Editor Gene Lai will present his paper “Reducing the stigma by embracing the ‘salad’: The invention of damaru Indian drumming ensemble in multicultural Singapore”. Shortly thereafter, at 11:30am/6:30am EDT, RILM Editor Mu Qian and Executive Editor Zdravko Blažeković will present their paper “Jean Theodore Royer and his collection of Han Chinese instruments” during the panel Han Chinese and Tibetan Instrument Collections of the Past and Present, organized and chaired by Mu Qian. Blažeković will also chair the panel Non-Sounding Musical Sources on 25 July, at 5:00pm/12:00pm EDT and can be seen, along with RILM’s commission mixte member Gisa Jähnichen, in Fernando Palacio’s film What moves us?–to be presented as a fixed installation at the conference and discussed in a panel meeting on 26 July at 10:00am/5:00am EDT.

RILM invites you to take a glance at the conference program and watch the trailer for the film What moves us?

RILM is Hiring (Executive Assistant)

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

RILM seeks an Executive Assistant / Office Manager to aid the Executive Director with administrative duties and provide support to management. The successful candidate must have superior organizational skills to support and empower senior leadership. The ideal person for the job will be a proactive problem solver with exceptional communication skills and meticulous attention to detail. They will have previous experience working in an office environment, performing administrative duties and providing support to management. Knowledge of the academic, library, and/or online information arenas would be a plus. Given the changing nature of the executive landscape, we seek an individual with flexibility and foresight, while maintaining confidentiality related to high-level systems and operations.

For a detailed job description, including duties and qualifications, and to apply for the position, visit the Job Openings website of the Research Foundation of CUNY.

RILM Music Encyclopedias: New Additions for 2023

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

In January 2023, RILM Music Encyclopedias will welcome two new titles into its continuously expanding collection of historical and current reference volumes:

  • Kovačević, Krešimir, gen. ed. Muzička enciklopedija (2nd ed.; Zagreb: Jugoslavenski Lekskografski Zavod, 1971–77) 3 vols.; 713-[14] p. [7]; 742 p.; 789 p. In Croatian and Serbian.
  • Krešimir Kovačević, ed. Leksikon jugoslavenske muzike (Zagreb: Jugoslavenske Leksikografski Zavod Miroslav Krlea, 1984) 2 vols.; 589 p.; 575 p. In Croatian.

The 2023 additions to RILM Music Encyclopedias enrich the content of the collection with two complementary titles that document the music history and musical life of Southeastern Europe. Both reference works were edited by the distinguished Croatian music historian Krešimir Kovačević (1913–92), who was active as a music writer, critic, teacher, conductor, and editor-in-chief of the Croatian music periodical Arti musices (1973–79). Both works were published by the Jugoslavenski Leksikografski Zavod in Zagreb and represent a collaboration of the best scholars from all six Yugoslav states.

The addition of these titles, which augment the coverage and depth of RILM Music Encyclopedias, emphasizes RILM’s mission to include the music scholarship of all countries and in all languages.

RILM Music Encyclopedias can be accessed via EBSCOhost and on RILM’s platform Egret at

For further information, please email

New Additions to RILM Abstracts with Full Text

Monday, July 11, 2022

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text just added eight more titles to its full-text journal collection. The new titles are:

  • Aspekty muzyki. Gdańsk: Akademia Muzyczna im. Stanisława Moniuszki, 2011–. ISSN 2082-6044
  • Ad Parnassum: A journal of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century instrumental music. Bologna: Ut Orpheus, 2003–. ISSN 1722-3954
  • Feedback papers and Feedback papers: Weltmusik. Köln: Feedback-Studio, 1971–2009. ISSN 0000-0000
  • Informazione organistica: Rivista della Fondazione Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo. Pistoia: Accademia di Musica Italiana per Organo, 1989–2019. ISSN 1724-4315
  • Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute. Los Angeles: University of Southern California – Arnold Schoenberg Institute. 1978–1996. ISSN 0146-5856
  • Journal of Czech and Slovak music: The journal of the Dvořák Society. Newcastle-under-Lyme: Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music, 1974–. ISSN 2515-6292
  • Music therapy today. World Federation of Music Therapy, 2001–2007, 2011–. eISSN 1610-191X
  • Neuma: Revista de música y docencia musical. Talca: Universidad de Talca, 2008–. ISSN 0718-7017 and eISSN 0719-5389

With the addition of these titles, RILM Abstracts augments its coverage and the depth of its full-text enhancement. 

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text is a comprehensive bibliography of writings on music, featuring citations, abstracts, and indexes. It covers over one million publications from the early 19th century to the present on traditional music, popular music, jazz, classical music, and related subjects, enhanced with full text.If you do not already subscribe to RILM Abstracts with Full Text, get in touch with your EBSCO sales representative, or email

RILM at Music and the University, London, 2022

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Deputy Executive Director Tina Frühauf will participate in the conference Music and the University:  History, Models, Prospects, held at City University of London from 7 to 9 July 2022. On Friday, 8 July 2022, Dr. Frühauf will give a lecture on the subject “Bibliography Now! Accessing Global Knowledge in Today’s University”. For further details on the meeting, visit the conference website.

RILM at Arts in Society, Zaragoza, 2022

Friday, June 17, 2022

Deputy Executive Director Tina Frühauf will participate in the 17th annual International Conference on the Arts in Society, held at the Universidad San Jorge, in Zaragoza, Spain, from 3 to 6 July 2022. The theme of this year’s meeting is History/Histories: From the Limits of Representation to the Boundaries of Narrative. On Tuesday, 5 July 2022, from 16:25 to 17:20 pm GMT, Dr. Frühauf will give a workshop presentation in the category New Media, Technology and the Arts, titled “Researching the arts and histories: Methods in the digital age”. For further details on the meeting, visit the conference website.

RILM at MOLA in Philadelphia

Friday, May 20, 2022

Editor and MGG Online Product Development Coordinator Georg Burgstaller will exhibit RILM’s resources at the 40th annual conference of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA), hosted by the Philadelphia Orchestra from 3 to 6 June 2022. MOLA facilitates communication between professional performance librarians, providing support and resources to over 300 performing arts organizations. Georg will be available throughout the conference to discuss the wealth of information relevant to the modern orchestral world contained in RILM’s digital collections. For further details on the meeting, visit the conference website.