The International Rostrum of Composers (IRC), organized by the International Music Council, is an international forum of representatives of broadcasting organizations who come together for the purpose of exchanging and broadcasting contemporary art music.
The IRC was initiated in 1954 with the participation of four European radio organizations
- French Radio and Television
- Hessischer Rundfunk (Radio Frankfurt)
- Belgian Radio and Television
- Swiss Radio and Television
Currently, over 30 national radio networks participate in the Rostrum presenting some 60 works composed within the five years preceding the Rostrum. After the listening sessions, the assembly of delegates selects and recommends the most important works in two categories: general and “young composers”. These and other works will be presented in concerts and broadcast after the Rostrum by the participating and other interested radio stations.
Moreover, all works presented at the IRC are made available by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to its wide network of members and associate members via satellite. These dissemination schemes ensure excellent international coverage for the composers.
IRC recordings, scores and notes are deposited at the Music Centre The Netherlands in Amsterdam.