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RILM at Echos: Sound Ecosystems in Travelogues, 2023

Friday, May 12, 2023

RILM will participate in the Echos: Sound Ecosystems in Travelogues conference, held in Padua, Italy, from 25 to 26 May 2023. The event will provide a forum for discussions surrounding Echos, the eponymous web application —with an integrated relational database—that was designed and created at the Department of Cultural Heritage of the University of Padua. RILM is one of the partner institutions of this project.

On 25 May, Executive Director Tina Frühauf will participate in a discussion session meeting at 4:15–6:30pm CEST. Frühauf will then give her paper “Travelogues in Context: RILM and the Merits of A&I” on the following day, 26 May, at 12:00pm CEST.

RILM and The Brook Center Present the International Conference Global Digital Music Studies, New York, 2023

Saturday, April 01, 2023

From 12 to 13 April 2023, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) and The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation will present the international conference Global Digital Music Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center, organized by Executive Director Tina Frühauf and Executive Editor Zdravko Blažeković

The conference provides 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 event 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. 

Tina Frühauf, along with Tim Curtis, UNESCO’s Secretary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, will deliver the conference’s opening remarks on the morning of Wednesday, 12 April. 

Additionally, several RILM staff members will serve as panel chairs throughout the conference, and some will present their research. On Wednesday, 12 April, at 12:00pm EDT, Editor Mu Qian will present his paper, “Empowering Marginalized Voices Digitally: Decolonizing Chinese Minority Music Research Through RILM Editing”. Later that day, at 5:00pm EDT, PDF Coordinator Luka Douridas will speak on “Marginalia, Mentalities, and the Dilemma of Digital Preservation”.

The conference will conclude with a catered reception, with live music performed by guitarist Federico Díaz, in honor of Dr. Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie’s 30 years of service to RILM, first as Editor, and from 1996 to 2022 as its Executive Director.

The conference is open and free to the public. We welcome you to peruse the program on the conference webpage

Release of How to Write About Music (Ebook)

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

New York. — 10 March 2023 — Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) releases the third edition of How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style, edited by James R. Cowdery, as an ebook.

The manual addresses a multitude of special problems faced by writers on music—problems rarely solved by general writing guides. It applies an international perspective to matters often handled piecemeal and in ethnocentric fashion: work titles, manuscript sources, transliteration, non-Western theoretical systems, opus and catalogue numbers, and pitch and chord names, to name just a few. Detailed guidelines are provided for the bibliographic handling of standard print, audiovisual, and electronic sources, as well as specialized ones such as program notes, liner notes, and music videos. A chapter on indexing is also included. Throughout, abundant examples illustrate each point.

The first edition (2005) reflected many years of experience and thought, working with a wide variety of terms and concepts from around the world; the second edition (2006), roughly one-third larger than the first, included both revisions and new material. This third edition incorporates numerous updates, many of them reflecting developments in writing and publishing over the past 17 years—not least, those involving the online environment. Unlike the earlier printed editions, it is an electronic edition that will be continuously updated.

“Students, scholars, librarians, critics, and performers will find this third edition of the manual indispensable. It takes into account a bibliodiversity hardly found in similar such ventures and is reflective of RILM’s global mission,” writes RILM Executive Director Dr. Tina Frühauf.

How to Write About Music is available for purchase through EBSCOhost Collection Manager and GOBI. If you represent an institution or business and do not use EBSCO Collection Manager or GOBI to manage/develop your current collection, please contact or your EBSCO sales representative. Individuals interested in accessing How to Write About Music should contact an affiliated library (University or Public Library).

RILM is Hiring (Associate Editor, European Languages)

Friday, March 03, 2023

RILM seeks to fill an Associate Editor position in its International Office in New York City. The successful candidate will be responsible for abstracting and indexing scholarship published in the German language, in addition to publications in French or/and Italian, 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 is Hiring (Associate Editor, Japanese)

Friday, March 03, 2023

RILM seeks to fill an Associate Editor position in its International Office in New York City. The successful candidate will be responsible for abstracting and indexing scholarship published Japanese and Korean, 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.

Forthcoming Additions to RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text

Thursday, February 23, 2023

This summer, RILM Abstracts with Full Text will add 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 MLA/TLA Conference in St. Louis, 2023

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

RILM would like to invite you to a luncheon in honor of Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie’s 30 years of dedicated service to the organization. 

Hosted by RILM and EBSCO, the luncheon will take place at the joint conference of the Music Library Association and the Theatre Library Association at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark in St. Louis, Missouri, on Friday, 3 March, from 12:00 to 1:30pm CST. Jadranka Važanová will also update attendees about RILM’s recent developments on RILM Music Encyclopedias, the dynamic new features of the Index to Printed Music and MGG Online, new additions in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text, and the upcoming release of DEUMM Online.

Please RSVP by 15 February 2023 to reserve your lunch and a seat by sending an email to with your name, institution, and “MLA 2023” in the subject line. 

We look forward to celebrating Barbara’s accomplishments with you!

In addition to the lunch presentation, if you want to learn more about the RILM products or share feedback, Barbara and Jadranka will be available at MLA throughout the conference and are eager to talk with you. Feel free to drop by the RILM booth, or make an appointment ahead of time by contacting Virtual attendees can schedule one-on-one consultations via Zoom.

Metadata Internship at Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

Friday, January 27, 2023

General description:

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) offers internships at its International Office in New York City. RILM publishes RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (along with a suite of other resources), which is widely recognized as the world’s premiere abstracted bibliography on music and related disciplines. RILM was established in 1966 and operates under the joint sponsorship of the of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); the International Musicological Society (IMS), and the International Society for Popular Music (IASPM). 

Internships at RILM offer unique opportunities to learn about all aspects of our operation, while contributing extensively to our distribution of the world’ s writings on music. Intern projects are designed to benefit both the institution and complement the intern’s own interests, skills, and experience.

Interns at RILM have gone on to enjoy successful careers as music librarians, professors, and other careers. Beyond the academy, an internship at RILM provides valuable and practical technological and research skills that are transferable across a wide range of sought-after jobs.

Intern duties:

  • Locate descriptive metadata for differentiated authorities (persons, organizations, works, geographical locations, etc.)
  • Add descriptive metadata for differentiated authorities
  • Differentiate authorities where needed
  • Add links to searchable variants
  • Validate entities based on established authorities

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding of the functions of descriptive metadata (validation, finding, linking)
  • Understanding of RILM’s authority structure and the role of descriptive metadata therein
  • Demonstrate judgment in the choice and application of metadata for authorities
  • Demonstrate ability to collaborate as a member of the metadata team


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level program related to Information and/or Library Science
  • Specialization and/or focus in metadata, library systems, digital libraries, digital collections, or digital curation
  • Experience with Excel, databases, and/or MARC
  • Enthusiasm for library and digital repository metadata
  • Interest in music

Time commitment:

Dates and times are flexible and can be structured according to the intern’s needs, but should cover a period of a minimum of 150 hours. 

All RILM internships are unpaid and housing is not provided. College credit may be granted, but must be coordinated in advance with the intern’s university/college. 

How to apply:

Please provide the following: 

  • A letter of interest
  • A current resume 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, advisors, or recent employers

Candidates will be asked to interview, either in person or over the Zoom, for their desired position.

Application materials may be submitted to:

Joseph Orchard
RILM International Center
365 Fifth Ave., Suite 3108
New York, NY 10016-4309
Phone: 212-817-1992

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New Additions to RILM Music Encyclopedias

Monday, January 23, 2023

RILM Music Encyclopedias has just added two new titles into its continuously expanding collection of historical and current reference texts:

  • 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

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale and Institut du Monde Arabe announce their collaboration

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

New York. — January 17, 2023 — Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) has entered a three-year collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (IMA, Arab World Institute) that aims to increase public engagement, advance global cultural understanding, and connect diverse communities by highlighting and sharing the Institute library’s holdings on music from the Arab world. RILM, which documents and disseminates music research worldwide, supports this initiative by drawing on its comprehensive digital resources to create blog posts about a selection of Arabic music literature. Each post is enhanced with an expertly curated bibliography. 

The bibliographic references stem from one of the richest and most exhaustive resources of global music research, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, which contains 1.5 million bibliographic records from relevant writings on music published from the early 19th century to the present in over 170 countries and in more than 140 languages.

Blog posts are published on both institutions’ websites: RILM’s Bibliolore at and the Institut du Monde Arabe’s Bibliographies page at and the IMA News page at

Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), New York: RILM is committed to the comprehensive and accurate representation of music scholarship in all countries and languages, and across all disciplinary and cultural boundaries. It publishes a suite of digital resources aimed at facilitating and disseminating music research. Its flagship publication is RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, the international bibliography of writings on music covering publications from the early 19th century to the present, now available in an enhanced version that includes the full text content of over 260 music journals. RILM Abstracts is available on the EBSCOhost platform along with RILM Music Encyclopedias, a full-text repository of a wide-ranging and growing list of music reference works, and the Index to Printed Music, a finding aid for searching specific musical works contained in printed collections, sets, and series. Distributed worldwide on RILM’s own platform are the continually updated music encyclopedia MGG Online, RILM Music Encyclopedias, and the  Dizionario Enciclopedico Universale della Musica e dei Musicisti (coming in mid-2023). RILM is a joint project of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres (IAML); International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM); the International Musicological Society (IMS); and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM).

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris: The Institut du Monde Arabe was founded to create strong and durable cultural ties while cultivating constructive dialogue between the Arab world, France, and Europe. This cross-discipline space is the central place for the development of cultural projects, in collaboration with institutions, creators and thinkers from the Arab world. The Institut du Monde Arabe is fully anchored in the present. It aims to reflect the Arab world’s current dynamics. It intends to make a distinctive contribution to the institutional cultural landscape. No other organization in the world offers such a wide range of events in connection with the Arab world. Debates, colloquia, seminars, conferences, dance shows, concerts, films, books, meetings, language and culture courses, large exhibitions all contribute to raising awareness of this unique and vibrant world.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Lupo
Marketing & Media 
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3108  •  New York, NY 10016-4309  •  Phone 1 212 817 1992  •