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RILM at the 2023 AMS–SMT Joint Annual Meeting

02 November 2023

RILM will participate in the joint conference of the American Musicological Society (AMS) and Society for Music Theory (SMT), held in Denver, 9–12 November 2023.

On Friday, 10 November, 5:45–7:45pm CDT, RILM and RIPM will host a joint reception for all conference attendees in Director’s Row H. 

Also on Friday, 10 November, 4:00pm–5:30pm CDT, Assistant Editor  Martha Schulenburg will present her paper “Exotic Novelties and New Women: Orientalism and Appropriation in Tin Pan Alley” during the panel Composing the “Other” in the Early 20th Century in the Majesty Ballroom.

On Thursday, 9 November, 4:00–5:30pm CDT, Executive Director Tina Frühauf will present a paper on the critical reception of the Czech-Jewish composer Jaromír Weinberger in the contexts of interwar anti-Semitism, Jewishness, and nationalism in the Czech lands during the panel Representing Racialized Selves and Others in Czech Music in Plaza Ballroom D. 

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.

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

RILM at CMS, 2023

13 October 2023

RILM will host pre- and post-conference virtual information sessions, as well as an in-person happy hour, at the 66th National Conference of The College Music Society (CMS) in Miami, Florida, 26–28 October 2023.

On Tuesday, 17 October, at 6:30pm EDT, RILM staff members Elizabeth Martin-Ruiz and Michael Lupo will lead an interactive pre-conference virtual information session entitled Craft an Effective Program Note with RILM, which introduces RILM’s products–RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, RILM Abstracts with Full Text, RILM Music Encyclopedias, MGG Online, and the Index to Printed Music–by demonstrating how each can be used in the process of writing a program note. 

On Friday, 27 October, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, RILM will host a happy hour in Exhibition Hall. Attendees can catch up on the latest RILM news, review the benefits of RILM’s resources, ask questions, and discuss issues related to RILM’s virtual sessions.

Following the conference, on Thursday, 2 November, at 6:30pm EDT, Liz and Michael will return to host a post-conference virtual session called The Final Stop in the Publication Process: Adding Your Abstracts to RILM, which provides some tips and guidelines for abstract writing, and shows how music researchers can ensure that their publications, abstracts, and reviews are included in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature.

Throughout the conference, Liz and Michael 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 SEM, 2023

10 October 2023

RILM will participate at the 68th meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology held in Ottawa, Canada, from 19 October to 22 October 2023. 

Editors Russell Skelchy and Mu Qian, as well as Associate Editor Gene Lai and Editor and Product Development Coordinator Beatriz Goubert, will be in attendance.

On Friday, 20 October at 10:45am EDT, Beatriz will present her paper “On ethnographic sound recordings today: A collaborative indigenous soundscape in the Andes” during the panel Sound Collecting and Collections.

On Sunday, 22 October, at 8:30am EDT, Russell Skelchy will chair the panel Music, Cultural Identity, and the Mediation of Memory in Asia with RILM Board of Directors member Deborah Wong acting as a discussant. The panel will include Skelchy’s paper “The rivers ran red: Historical memory, trauma, and the counterstories of a keroncong musician during the Indonesian mass killing (1965-66)”, Lai’s “Tracing the past, shaping the future: Reconstructing the naiyāṇṭi mēḷam Tamil folk music ensemble in globalized Singapore”, and Mu Qian’s “Dhikr playback: Memory and media of Uyghur Sufi sounds”. The panel will be live streamed at

RILM staff can also be found at the RILM booth in the exhibition hall throughout the conference. Stop by to learn more about all of RILM’s resources and how they can help you research smarter!

RILM Music Encyclopedias: New Additions for 2024

28 September 2023

In January 2024, four new works will join the continuously expanding collection of historical and current titles in RILM Music Encyclopedias:

  • Felipe Pedrell, gen. ed. Diccionario técnico de la música (1st ed.; Barcelona: Isidro Torres Oriol, 1894) xix, 529 p. In Spanish.
  • Felipe Pedrell, gen. ed. Diccionario biográfico y bibliográfico de músicos y escritores de música españoles, portugueses e hispano-americanos antiguos y modernos: Acopio de datos y documentos para servir a la historia del arte musical en nuestra nación (1st ed.; Barcelona: Tipografía de Víctor Berdós y Feliú, 1897) 2 vols., xix, 715 p., 88 p. In Spanish.
  • Nancy Groce. Musical Instrument Makers of New York: A Directory of the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Urban Craftsmen (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1991) xxi, 200 p. In English.
  • Warren Bebbington, ed. A Dictionary of Australian Music (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998) xiv, 361 p. In English.

The 2024 additions, with their geographic reach from Australia to Spain to New York, reflect RILM’s global mission and add historical depth, wide-ranging cultural perspectives, and diverse subject matter that has come to define this essential full-text reference collection. The Diccionario técnico de la música and the Diccionario biográfico y bibliográfico are treasure troves of Spanish music historiography, while the English texts—centering on musical heritage at opposite sides of the globe—will pique the interests of the organologist and musicologist alike.

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

For further information, please email

RILM in Medellín, 2023

21 August 2023

RILM Editor Beatriz Goubert will be a featured speaker at the Seminario de Músicas Regionales, hosted by the Universidad de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, on 31 August 2023. From 4:00pm to 5:30pm (COT), Beatriz will give her talk “Entre el orgullo y la incomodidad: Las prácticas musicales indígenas contemporáneas” as well as present updates on RILM’s resources and products. Admission is free. 

Please feel free to find Beatriz after her presentation to learn more about her work, ask questions, provide feedback, and discover what’s new at RILM and its exciting plans for the future!

RILM at IAML in Cambridge, 2023

21 July 2023

RILM will participate at this year’s meeting of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML) in Cambridge, U.K., from 30 July to 4 August 2023.

On Thursday, 3 August, at 2:00pm BST/9:00am EDT, Tina Frühauf, RILM’s Executive Director, will chair the RILM general information session titled “Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale: Past, Present, Future”. Tina will be joined by Zdravko Blažeković (RILM’s Executive Editor and Product Development Coordinator) and Jadranka Važanová (RILM’s Senior Editor and RAFT Product Development Coordinator) as speakers on the panel.   

RILM’s Commission Mixte will convene on Wednesday, 2 August, at 9:00am BST/4:00am EDT. Shortly thereafter, at 11:00am BST/6:00am EDT, Jadranka will chair the RILM Business Meeting for National Committees.

RILM will also be a focal point in at least two papers given at the conference: Jennifer Ward’s (RISM Editorial Center, Frankfurt am Main) “Encoding music, decoding music history: RISM, RILM and the beginnings of Plaine & Easie Code”, scheduled for 2:00pm BST/9:00am EDT on Monday, 31 July, and Hsiao-Fen Chen’s (National Taiwan Normal University) “A study on trends and issues in music research from the core journals of RILM Taiwan”, to be presented at 10:30am BST/5:30am EDT on Thursday, 3 August. 

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 on the conference website, which also includes a link to a PDF with the conference schedule.

RILM at PASMAE in Cape Coast, 2023

18 July 2023

RILM will attend, for the first time, the joint regional conference of the Pan African Society for Musical Arts Education (PASMAE) and the International Society for Music Education (ISME), on 24-28 July 2023 at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. The theme for this year’s conference is Evolving Musical Arts Spaces, Cultures and Sustainable Development in Africa. 

On Monday, 24 July, at 12:30pm GMT/8:30am EDT, Executive Director Tina Frühauf will present the poster Bibliography Now! Accessing Global Knowledge in Music Education. Throughout the conference, Tina can also be found at the RILM exhibition table, which will be featured also that Monday at 4:00pm GMT/12:00pm EDT.

Please feel free to find Tina to learn more about all of RILM’s resources, ask questions, provide feedback, or just say hello. You can also find more details on this important event in the conference program and on the conference website.

RILM at IFTR in Accra, 2023

15 July 2023

Executive Editor Zdravko Blažeković will be in attendance at the 2023 congress of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), which will take place in Accra, Ghana, 24–28 July 2023. The topic of this year’s conference is The Stories We Tell: Myths, Myth Making & Performance.

Please feel free to find Zdravko to learn more about all of RILM’s resources, ask questions, provide feedback, or just say hello. You can also find more details on this exciting event in the conference schedule and on the conference website.

New Additions to RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text

06 July 2023

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

  • 1/1: The journal of the Just Intonation Network. San Francisco: Just Intonation Network. 1985–2007. ISSN 8756-7717
  • Beiträge zur Musikwissenschaft. Berlin: Verlag Neue Musik, Sonderpublikationen, 1973–79. ISSN 0005-8106
  • Етномузика: Збірник наукових праць і матеріалів [Etnomuzika: Zbìrnik naukovih prac’ ì materìalìv]. L’vìv: L’vìvs’ka Nacìonal’na Muzična Akademìâ ìmenì M. V. Lisenka. 2006–. ISSN 2523-4846 and eISSN 2523-4854
  • Hortus musicus. Bologna: Ut Orpheus Edizioni. 2000–05. ISSN 1129-4965
  • Journal of the Association of Nigerian Musicologists. Ife-Ife: Association of Nigerian Musicologists. 2007–. eISSN 1597-0590
  • Journal of the International Alliance for Women in Music. Washington, DC: International Alliance for Women in Music, 1989–. ISSN 1082-1872
  • Magyar zene: Zenetudományi folyóirat. Budapest: Magyar Zenetudományi és Zenekritikai Társaság. 1960–. ISSN 0025-0384
  • Nachrichten zur Mahler-Forschung/News about Mahler research. Wien: Internationale Gustav Mahler Gesellschaft. 1976/1977–. ISSNs 1608-8956 and 1609-0349
  • Research perspectives in music education. Tallahassee, FL: Florida Music Educators Association. 1990–. ISSN 1947-7457
  • Sinfónica. Montevideo: Sinfónica. 1995–. ISSN 1510-3544
  • 中央音乐学院学报 [Zhongyang Yinyue Xueyuan xuebao]/Journal of the Central Conservatory of Music. Beijing: Zhongyang Yinyue Xueyuan/Central Conservatory of Music. 1980–. ISSN 1001-9871

These additions showcase the depth and range of RILM’s international scope, with full-text coverage that embraces a diversity of languages, nations, and approaches to music research. 

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 ICTM in Legon, 2023

05 July 2023

RILM will participate in the 47th World Conference of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), which will take place at the University of Ghana in Legon, Ghana, 13–19 July 2023.

On Monday, 17 July, at 11:00am GMT/7:00am EDT, Executive Director Tina Frühauf and Executive Editor Zdravko Blažeković chair the RILM-sponsored plenary session “(Re)writing the (Ethno)musicological Canon: Africa, Music Historiography, and Their Others”. Panelists are Daniel Kodzo Avorgbedor, Bridget Chinouriri, Imani Sanga, Patricia Opondo, and Nico Staiti.

Additionally, on Tuesday, 18 July, at 8:30am GMT/4:30am EDT, Zdravko will present his paper “Carsten Niebuhr’s Reisebeschreibung Nach Arabien Und Andern Umliegenden Ländern: European Views of the Arabic Music” on the panel Representing Ourselves and Others, which he will also chair. 

On Thursday, 13 July, at 5:00pm GMT/1:00pm EDT, Associate Editor Gene Lai will remotely present his paper “Taking cues from Taoist and Hindu Folk Deities: The Development of Singaporean and Malaysian Uṟumi Mēḷam” during the panel entitled Shifting Aesthetics and Reimagining Meanings of Spirit Encounters: Sound, Movement, and Religious Hybridity in Southeast Asia. The following Saturday, 15 July, at 11:00am GMT/7:00am EDT, Assistant Editor Farah Zahra will present her paper “Displaced Archives: A [Hi]story of the Cassettes’ Collections of the Iraqi Maqam”. And on Wednesday, 19 July, at 2:30pm GMT/10:30am EDT, Editor Mu Qian will share his research on “Louder Dhikr: Mediation and Transmission of Uyghur Sufi Sounds” during the panel Negotiating the Sacred in Music and Dance.

Please feel free to find Tina, Zdravko, or Mu Qian and ask questions, provide feedback, or just say hello. You can find more details on this international gathering in the conference program and on the conference website.