inm / field notes

field notes is a central resource of information and mentoring for the contemporary music scenes in Berlin provided by inm – the initiative neue musik berlin e.V. Its goals are to strengthen and improve production conditions for the independent contemporary music scenes in Berlin, and to raise public awareness of social relevance of the art form.

By connecting and catalysing the rich potential of Berlin's contemporary music scene, field notes actively raises general interest in new music. It gathers information on events and developments in the contemporary music scene and presents them online at and in the bimonthly field notes magazine. Each year in September, the Month of Contemporary Music promotes current works by Berlin ensembles, artists and composers, in established concert halls as well as in independent venues. The festival’s focus is on today's music and attracting new audiences.

To strengthen the scene itself, field notes offers free consultations, workshops and events. It encourages and stimulates reflection on the role of contemporary music in today's society and supports the international network of the Berlin scene in particular, raising the city’s increasing importance as a meeting and creating place for international professionals. An annual conference on contemporary music invites dialogue and ideas on intercultural cooperation, international networks, and artistic practices in global contexts, and connects actors based in Berlin with professionals from around the world.

Month of Contemporary Music

Each year in September, the Month of Contemporary Music presents the unparalleled diversity of Berlin's contemporary music scene. Current works by Berlin ensembles, artists and composers can be discovered in concerts, performances and sound installations – both in established concert halls and in independent venues.
The Month of Contemporary Music is curated by the scene itself: ensembles, festivals, venues and artists are invited to contribute events to the program. The inm / field notes only coordinates the individual events and administers cross-festival communication. Via the common framework of the Month of Contemporary Music, a wide range of activities can be adequately showcased and our diversity can be communicated to a broader public.