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RILM is Hiring

01 December 2022

RILM seeks to fill an Assistant Editor position in its International Office in New York City. The successful candidate will be responsible for abstracting scholarship published in the Persian language, making sure that they are fully and accurately represented in RILM Abstracts.

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 at the AMS/SEM/SMT Conference, 2022

05 November 2022

RILM will participate in the joint conference of the American Musicological Society (AMS), Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), and Society for Music Theory (SMT), held in New Orleans, 10–13 November 2022.

On Friday, 11 November, 6–8pm CDT, RILM and RIPM will host a joint reception for all conference attendees in Grand Salon 9. 

Several of RILM’s staff members will participate in panels. 

On Thursday, 10 November, 8:30–9:00am CDT/9:30–10:00am EDT (Chart C), Associate Editor Gene Lai will present his paper “Same but Different: Adapting the Aesthetic of Soundedness in the Development and Invention of Indian Folk Drumming Ensembles in Singapore” during the panel Hearing and Sounding Singapore and South Korea. 

Also on Thursday, 10 November, 9:00–10:30am CDT/10:00–11:30am EDT (Camp), Editor Mu Qian will participate in the roundtable Decolonizing Research on Indigenous/Minority Musics in China. Following shortly thereafter, 12:30–1:30pm/1:30–2:30pm EDT (Compass), he will participate in the SEM Professional Development Workshop: Professional Paths for Present and Future International Students (Camp). 

On Friday, 11 November, 10:45am–12:15pm CDT/11:45am–1:15pm EDT (Commerce), Editor Beatriz Goubert will co-chair the roundtable Sounding Protest in 21st-Century Latin America, during which she will also present her research on the performance and compositional history of the “Himno de la Guardia Indígena”, an indigenous anthem that became a sonic index of the 2019–21 Colombian uprising.

Executive Director Tina Frühauf will present her paper “Theorizing Jewish modes in Nineteenth-Century Europe: Modest Beginnings—Pioneering Efforts” during the panel The Concept of Mode in Jewish Music Studies on Thursday, 10 November, 4:00–5:30pm CDT/5:00–6:30pm EDT (Chart A). She will also chair the panel Sacred Music in Germany on Sunday, 13 November, 9:00–10:30am CDT/10:00–11:30am EDT (Grand Salon 7/10) and be a panelist for the session Producing Professionals: Musicological Study as Preparation for Diverse Careers on Sunday, 13 November, 10:45am–12:15pm CDT/11:45am–1:15pm EDT (Grand Ballroom B).

Throughout the conference, RILM staff can also be found at the RILM booth in the exhibition hall. Stop by to learn more about all of RILM’s resources, as well as the Global Digital Music Studies conference in April 2023.

You can also peruse the whole program for the AMS/SEM/SMT conference here.

RILM at SEATRiP’s 2022–2023 Mentorship Workshop

23 October 2022

RILM will participate in SEATRiP’s 2022–2023 mentorship workshop, Demystifying Academia: Towards a Sustainable Mentorship Collective in Southeast Asian Studies, a hybrid gathering held at the University of California, Riverside on Friday, 4, November 2022.

At 10:00am-1:00pm PT/1:00-4:00pm EDT, RILM Associate Editor Russell Skelchy will serve as a panelist for the day’s first session, “Thinking in and beyond the academy: A roundtable on diverse career options”. Russ will discuss his work at RILM in the context of career opportunities available to postdoctoral scholars that cross the academic/non-academic binary. Zoom: (ID: 979 4008 7797; Password: 333700).

RILM Partners with EBSCO to Host a Webinar for Chinese Music Scholars

11 October 2022

On Wednesday 12 October, from 10:00–11:00am Beijing time—Tuesday, 11 October, 10:00–11:00pm EDT—Editor Mu Qian and Executive Editor Zdravko Blažeković will host the webinar Bridging China and International Music Scholarship: RILM’s Mission, Resources, and Search Methods.

This online gathering focuses on how RILM provides access to international music research materials and a platform to learn about foreign academic journals, while also making the academic works of Chinese scholars available to the global community through its abstracting and indexing practices. In addition, Qian and Zdravko will discuss how RILM’s accumulated experience in writing standards, English translation of Chinese terms, and database editing helps Chinese academics to connect with the international community.

RILM at the Biennial Baltic Musicological Conference, 2022

05 October 2022

RILM will participate in the Biennial Baltic Musicological Conference, Music and Visual Culture: Score, Stage, and Screen in Vilnius, Lithuania, 6–8 October 2022.

On Wednesday, 5 October, at 2pm EET/7am EDT, Executive Editor Zdravko Blažeković will lead a pre-conference workshop introducing RILM and providing support on abstract writing. Directly following, at 6pm EET/11am EDT, he will be a discussant in the pre-conference discussion-roundtable Music and Musicology in the Time of Historical Turns, in addition to presenting his own research on Wednesday morning.

RILM at CMS, 2022

15 September 2022

RILM will host a focus group with free lunch at the 65th National Conference of The College Music Society (CMS) in Long Beach, California, 21–24 September 2022.

On Thursday, 22 September, at 12:00pm PST/3:00pm EDT, RILM staff member Elizabeth Martin-Ruiz will lead the group through an interactive session to discuss research practices using RILM’s resources: RILM Abstracts with Full Text, RILM Music Encyclopedias, MGG Online, and the Index to Printed Music. Conference themes, including topics on diverse content and digital teaching, integrating non-canonic works & composers, accessible content, and building bibliographies will drive the session. The focus group is appropriate for performers, educators, and researchers alike.

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 IASPM-América Latina, 2022

06 September 2022

RILM will participate in the 15th congress of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music–Latin America branch (IASPM-AL) in Valparaíso, Chile, 7–10 September 2022. The theme of this year’s conference is “Fronteras, rutas y horizontes en las músicas populares en América Latina” (Borders, routes and horizons in popular music in Latin America).

On Wednesday, 7 September, from 12:00 to 1:30pm EDT, RILM Editor and Product Development Coordinator Beatriz Goubert will act as a discussant for a roundtable on UNESCO creative cities. Additionally, on Thursday, 8 September, from 9:00 to 11:00am EDT, Beatriz will give a talk on researching popular music in Latin America using RILM’s databases.  

Please feel free to find Beatriz 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.

Call for Papers: Global Digital Music Studies Conference

30 August 2022

A conference in honor of Dr. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, New York City, 12–13 April 2023.

UNESCO has argued that the Covid-19 crisis is a reminder “that we should nurture the socially-beneficial applications of digital technologies and focus on improving access and uses in countries where it is lacking.” Building on this and keeping true to its mission, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) seeks to bring together researchers, educators, and librarians interested in the ways digital technologies intersect with music studies worldwide and in its broadest sense, encompassing all branches: historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, as well as popular music studies and other fields.

The conference will provide a forum for debate across the humanities, arts, and sciences to assess and address how digital music studies can be globally relevant and respond to broader questions of sustainability and resilience. The aim of the conference is to inspire new models for generating and disseminating musical knowledge with digital technologies that have the potential to engage and connect music research communities worldwide. Further, how can the educational sector benefit from technological advances and continue to use those innovations to develop new models and practices? How can digital technologies reshape and transform scholarly, creative, and pedagogical practices to make them more equitable (a long-term challenge for global communities at large)? How can digital sustainability be rethought for music studies in an age of climate crisis? What does all this mean for the development of digital libraries tailored to musicological research?

RILM welcomes contributions that build on these questions and are related to the various facets of global digital music studies. We seek contributions in the form of papers, panels, posters, and workshops that address the conference theme and address the following subjects:

  • digital innovation in and for music studies
  • digital preservation and intangible cultural heritage
  • new approaches to music archiving and information retrieval, music encodings and representations
  • computational music studies as discipline
  • digital pedagogies for music studies
  • digital music performance
  • music studies and emerging technologies such as distributed immersive environments and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • digital diversity, equity, and accessibility in the post-pandemic world
  • music studies and digital sustainability and decolonization
  • digitization problems in the global core and periphery

This conference is an in-person event and takes place at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Accommodations will be made for attendees and presenters not being able to travel.

The conference honors Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie’s 30 years of service to RILM, first as Editor, and from 1996 to 2022 as its Executive Director. Dr. Mackenzie has been instrumental in driving forward RILM’s mission to document the world’s knowledge on all musical traditions, and to make this knowledge accessible to research and performance communities worldwide via digital collections and advanced 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.

Please submit a proposal, with title and an abstract of no more than 300 words, and include contact information (address, phone, and email) before 1 October 2022. Proposals for whole panels are welcome.

Tina Frühauf (
Zdravko Blažeković (

RILM at IMS, 2022

15 August 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

15 August 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 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