Information in English

Norwegian Society of Composersis a professional organisation for working composers. Our goal is to open doors for those involved in music making. We therefore work on behalf of everyone who creates, explores or presents this type of art. The association was founded in 1917 and has 201 members.

A powerful voice in the field of cultural policy benefits the whole of the culture sector

The officers of the Norwegian Society of Composers work actively in relation to the political system in Norway and Europe. Copyright does not look after itself – it has to be followed up, taken care of and administered if living off art is to be a possibility. If something happens to copyright in Europe, this will have consequences in Norway. The Norwegian Society of Composers is a member of ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance) and the Council of Nordic Composers.

We initiate collaboration aimed at social development

Training and collaboration yield a rich cultural life. Norwegian Society of Composers works to achieve an increased use of Norwegian music and aims to contribute to the development of art music. Amongst other things, we arrange the Nordic Music Days in collaboration with the Ultima Festival and we are responsible for the ung.kom project together with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Professional arenas provide space for new impulses

Norwegian Society of Composers is a strong professional association. We therefore aim to create arenas for inspiration and professional development. The “Music Forum” is the monthly joint professional forum of Norwegian Society of Composers; we also hold annual professional seminars and meetings for the sector. Norwegian Society of Composers is joint owner of, an editorially-independent Internet newssheet for and about the Norwegian music scene.

Subsidies to enable dream projects

 Subsidies from Norwegian Society of Composers make it possible to bring projects to fruition, to the delight of composers, performers, the public and cultural arenas.

We have the following subsidy schemes:

  • Working premises at NOTAM

As a member you can make free use of office space at NOTAM. Norwegian Society of Composers has the use of two offices which can be reserved on a weekly basis with an upper limit of three weeks at a time.

  • Support for printing music

When a work can be played in the absence of its composer this means that the music lives on and can delight the whole of society. This subsidy scheme ensures the documentation and public dissemination of works by present-day Norwegian composers.

  • Support for first performances

The first performance of a piece of contemporary music often raises distinctive challenges, and it is important that the composer is present in person. It is necessary to be a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers in order to apply for this scheme.

  • Support for documentary recording

A good documentary recording of new music, and in particular of first performances, is a key aspect of a composer’s promotional work. The scheme is open to anyone who wishes to make a professional-quality concert recording.

  • Support for recording

Support for recording art music is particularly important because it is often a matter of non-commercial releases involving large ensembles.

  • Composer residence in Paris

All composers who create, explore and present art music can apply for a stay in our composer residence in Paris.


  • Express concert support

Bring your project to fruition with a subsidy of up to 10 000 kroner. It is necessary to be a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers in order to apply for this scheme.

Be a member of Norwegian Society of Composers

As a member you will become part of a powerful professional association. If you are a working composer and have an artistic production you can apply for membership. Your activity must have a significant connection to Norway and you must have a rights-administration contract with TONO. Contact us for more information.

Contact us

Office hours:

Monday – Friday 09.00 – 16.00

We are located at:

Norsk Komponistforening / Norwegian Society of Composers

Kongens gate 24

0153 OSLO,


Telephone: +47 22 41 82 40