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RILM on Instagram

22 November 2021

In late July 2021, RILM inaugurated its social-media presence on Instagram.

The RILM Instagram account, which can be found under the handle rilm_music, features global and transdisciplinary resources covered in RILM Abstracts, RILM Music Encyclopedias, MGG Online, and the Index to Printed Music. With an average two to three posts per week, the RILM Instagram account brings to the fore diverse content of these resources. Instagram users can use this link to follow account activities, receive news, or leave comments. With the foray into this forum, RILM hopes that music researchers will find valuable information relevant to their activities.

Join RILM at the AMS Conference

01 November 2021

RILM’s activities at this year’s virtual meeting of the American Musicology Society extends to two events.

RILM is the proud sponsor of the panel “Centering Discomfort in Global Music History”, organized by the Global Music History Study Group. The panel takes place on 21 November, 1:00 pm–2:50pm EST.

RILM is the organizer of “Bibliography Now!”, a session devoted to discussing research strategies as they pertain to bibliography. The session takes place on 11 November, 5:00 pm–6:30pm EST and is hosted by Michael Lupo and Georg Burgstaller.

RILM at the SEM Conference

18 October 2021

Please join Jim Cowdery, Insia Malik, and Russ Skelchy for virtual coffee sessions at the 2021 SEM conference. These sessions will take place on:

Thursday, 28 October

12–1pm: RILM Resources on Africa and the African Diaspora

1–2pm: Researching Music of Africa and the African Diaspora in Atlanta

Friday, 29 October

12–1pm : Researching Music and Performance of the African Continent

1–2pm: RILM “Office Hour”: Drop in with your questions or for assistance using various RILM resources and MGG Online for your research.

Saturday, 30 October

1–2pm: Researching Music of the Global African Diaspora

We will provide insight into RILM’s strong commitment to international and multilingual scholarship, and inclusion of global non-music resources that are relevant to ethnomusicologists, with an emphasis on researching performing arts of Africa and the African diaspora. Attend any session or all, and receive a free coffee gift card. Further information is available at our conference page; or find us at SEM’s Exhibit Center on the Whova app.

Join RILM at the Third MUSAM Conference

10 October 2021

RILM will be present at the Third MUSAM Conference, Study Group “Music and American Studies” Spanish Society for Musicology, which takes place at the University of Santiago de Compostela and via the Zoom platform from Thursday 14 until Saturday 16 October 2021. 

On 14 October, at 12:30-13:00 CET, RILM Editor Beatriz Goubert will present the paper “Escuchando desde los datos: Una aproximación a los estudios de música iberoamericana desde los recursos digitales de literatura musical” [Listening to the data: An approach to Ibero-American music studies from digital music literature resources]. The paper will be given online and is accessible for registered participants.

For further information about the conference, please visit the MUSAM III site.

RILM at CMS, Rochester

23 September 2021

On Friday, 8 October, RILM will host a focus group session for conference attendees of the College Music Society National Conference, Rochester. Staff member Elizabeth Martin will introduce and demonstrate RILM Abstracts with Full Text, RILM Music Encyclopedias, MGG Online, and the Index to Printed Music, with emphasis on topics such as social justice and cultural diversity. The interactive focus group will take place at 12:15 pm in Highland D. Boxed lunches will be available for takeaway after the focus group. Reservations are available on a first-come basis with RSVP to

Throughout the conference, Elizabeth can also be found at the RILM booth in the Exhibit Hall. Stop by to learn more about all of RILM’s resources.

RILM at the 10th European Music Analysis Conference

06 September 2021

RILM will participate in the 10th European Music Analysis Conference, which takes place in Moscow and via the Zoom platform from 20 to 24 September 2021. 

On Monday, 20 July, 18:30-22:00 UTC, Georg Burgstaller, Editor and Product Coordinator for MGG Online will present the paper “Theory, Analysis, and Beyond: RILM’s Digital Collections and Advanced Tools”. Leaning on the work of Heinrich Schenker as a case study, he unravels the ways in which RILM’s tools and collections—RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, MGG Online and RILM Music Encyclopediasaid researchers in the field of analysis and also in other areas of music research.For further information about the conference, please visit the EUROMAC site.

RILM Music Encyclopedias: New Titles for 2022

19 August 2021

In January 2022 RILM Music Encyclopedias will add three more reference works to its collection of currently 60 historical and current titles. These are:

  • François Henry Joseph Blaze (Castil-Blaze). Dictionnaire de musique moderne (2nd ed.; Paris: Au magasin de musique de la Lyre moderne, 1825) 2 vols; xvi, 324 p. [25]; 389 p.
  • Sokol Shupo. Enciklopedia e muzikës shqiptare (Tiranë: Asmus, 2002) 318 p.
  • Terry Moran. Vietnamese musical instruments: A monographic lexicon ([Singapore]: author, 2020) 384 p.

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 is the continuously expanding global online repository of music encyclopedias and dictionaries designed to meet the teaching, learning and research needs of the international music community. In addition to quarterly updates and revisions, including additions to Komponisten der Gegenwart, the repository broadens its coverage annually.

RILM Music Encyclopedias can be accessed via EBSCOhost and, as of recently, on RILM’s platform Egret at

For further information, please email

Bibliography Now!

17 August 2021

A high-quality bibliography or reference list is an essential part of any academic paper and any research-driven class. Incorporate a bibliography session into your seminar and it’s on RILM. We provide live instruction to classes with subject-specific and comprehensive sessions via Zoom, focusing on RILM Abstracts, RILM Music Encyclopedias, and/or MGG Online. Get your students up-to-speed, relying on authoritative, peer-reviewed, and author signed information to write unforgettable term papers.

Contact us today to set up a session for the coming semester, at

Wishing you a great semester.

RILM Announces Search for Deputy Executive Director

09 August 2021

NEW YORK, New York — 6 August 2021 — Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), the non-profit organization that documents and disseminates music research worldwide, has kicked off its global search for a Deputy Executive Director. This is a newly created position offering significant opportunity for professional growth ​​with the expectation that, as mutually understood benchmarks and measures are met, the Deputy will assume increasing responsibility, ultimately becoming qualified for promotion to Executive Director.

RILM is an innovative, entrepreneurial-spirited organization that is well-funded and poised to expand its  leadership in support of the world of comprehensive and inclusive music research.

“Under the leadership of Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, RILM has expanded its documentation of the world’s writings about music to encompass more and more publications from around the world,” says Philippe Vendrix of the RILM Board of Directors. “Further, RILM is now heavily engaged in providing much-needed article and encyclopedia full-text content from around the world and is well situated to continue its growth and expansion.”

“I have loved being at the helm of RILM for all these years and watching the organization grow to meet the changing needs of the music research community,” says Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, current Executive Director. “Working with new leadership will be a wonderful way to bring my tenure at RILM to a close. I expect my transition to take place over one or two years.”

The search process is expected to unfold over the next few months, with the new Deputy Executive Director targeted to be in place by the end of the calendar year or early in 2022.

The Deputy Executive Director opportunity can be found at

For more information about the opportunity, please email

About Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is a non-profit organization that documents and disseminates music research worldwide. RILM is committed to representing the world’s knowledge about all musical traditions and to making this knowledge accessible to research and performance communities via digital collections and advanced research and discovery tools. RILM’s collections aim to include the music scholarship of all countries, in all languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries, thereby fostering research in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences.

RILM at IAML Online Congress

16 July 2021

RILM will participate at this year’s congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML),which will take place via the Zoom platform from Monday 26 until Friday 30 July. It is held in association with the Digital Libraries for Musicology (DLfM) conference.

On Tuesday, 27 July, 17.00-18.30 UTC, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, RILM’s Executive Director and Past President of IAML will chair the RILM open session and present an update of the latest happenings with RILM and its resources. Pavel Kordík (National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague) will present a paper, titled “Base de données en mouvement: Reflet dans le rétroviseur”; and Tatsuhiko Itoh (President of RILM Japan, International Christian University and Juntendo University, Tokyo) will report on recent developments in RILM National Committee of Japan.

Registration is free of charge. The deadline for registration is Friday 23 July though this online registration link.