POLMIC Digital Archive is the first archive of this kind dedicated to Polish contemporary music. It was launched in 2020 for the purpose of making archive materials and documents of the Polish Composers’ Union (PCU) / Polish Music Information Centre available to all users. The materials include selected photographs, scores, and recordings as well as books and articles. Their number is constantly growing as the digitalization process is progressing.
Our collection includes:
Documenting the early years of PCU’s activity (assemblies, meetings, the management board) and the ‘Warsaw Autumn’ International Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as portrait photos of artists associated with the music world, especially after WWII.
* Sheet music
Scans of manuscripts and computer versions of scores by Polish composers, in particular – by members of the PCU and PCU’s Youth Circle, including works never printed by professional publishers.
* Audio and audio-visual recordings
Audio recordings (selected fragments or complete) of ‘Warsaw Autumn’ events as well as other festivals and concerts held by the PCU, most of which have never been commercially released, though some have come out in limited issues under PCU’s own label.
* Books and articles
PCU’s / POLMIC’s own publications related to the festivals, concerts and other events we organise, including texts from ‘Warsaw Autumn’ programme books and other papers on contemporary music, many of which have been written by members of PCU’s Musicologists’ Section.
POLMIC Digital Archive has been co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the ‘Digital Culture 2020’ programme. The funds derive from additional payments imposed on games within the state gambling monopoly in accordance with Art. 80 of the Gaming Law (Act of 19th November 2009 on Gambling Activities).
Works on the portal in the years 2021-2023 are co-financed by the Minister of Education and Science as part of the two-year task 'Modernization and update of web portals of the Library and Music Collection of the Polish Composers’ Union' under the 'Social responsibility of science - Support for scientific libraries 2021' programme.