8th International ISMN Agency Advisory Board Meeting,
Berlin, State Library
14 - 15 March 2000
14th March 2000
One day before the actual panel meeting some
thirteen participants had already arrived in Berlin. The International ISMN agency
offered for those participants a day of cultural events in Berlin. The group met
at 10.00 a.m. at the State Library «Unter den Linden», which is the
old building in the former East of the city. There Dr. Hell, Head of the Music
Department, gave a good presentation of the history and activities of his department
and he showed some of the treasures of the collections, autograph scores of famous
After that visit lunch was offered at the Museum for Musical Instruments,
which is located next to the Berlin Philharmonic. Since the museum was just preparing
for a piano exhibition only a glance walk at the exhibition room was possible.
Afterwards the International ISMN agency had arranged a tour through the «Music
Box» at the nearby Sony Centre, which opened only a month ago. The «Music
Box» is a pilot project by Sony and presently unique in Europe. Just to name
three of the highlights:
- We met Mr. Beethoven in the «Bellevue
Studios» admiring modern recording artists at work.
- Some of us had
great fun conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra by standing on a podium.
- And, we all helped Captain Fred restoring music to Pepperland by going
over there in the Yellow Submarine.
After this entertaining tour
participants were left to explore Berlin on their own. In the evening the traditional
ISMN dinner took place at a restaurant next to the Brandenburg Gate. The following
day offered a full program of reports and discussions:
- Status report of the International Agency
of the national agencies (see also under 'Progress Reports')
- Music-in-print and other reference
- Finances of the ISMN
Future of ISMN
- ISMN and other numbering systems
15th March 2000
Hartmut Walravens, the director of the International ISMN
Agency in Berlin, welcomed the participants of the Panel Meeting. He pointed out
that in spite of the ISMN standard working so efficiently there was still a great
need for the participants to come together on an annual basis. While the work
on the standard was completed meetings were still important for the interpretation
of technical terms and details of application. The implementation of the system
was ongoing and there were still many tasks to be fulfilled. The ISMN system was
a wide and interesting field for the people working with it.
then briefly introduced themselves. At this point Michael Cairns from Bowker,
US announced that his company was going to become the ISMN Agency for the USA.
The agenda was approved without any changes.