RILM: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

imageThe mission of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) is to make 20th and 21st-century research on music in all its manifestations findable by scholars, students, musicians, and anyone else interested in researching music. To that end, RILM publishes RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, a comprehensive, online music bibliography that includes citations, abstracts (in English as well as in the original language and script where available), and subject indexes. RILM works with committees in some 60 countries to provide its broad coverage, and to date, the publications of over 150 countries, in over 200 languages, are represented in the database. All document types, including journals, books, e-publications, dissertations, conference proceedings, and more, are within its scope. Approaching three-quarters of a million records, RILM Abstracts covers traditional music, popular music, jazz, classical music, instruments, pedagogy, music librarianship, and all other music-related disciplines. Coverage begins in 1967.

RILM Retrospectives extends the chronological reach of RILM Abstracts by indexing materials before 1967. The database includes conference proceedings and Festschriften back to the early 19th century, and coverage of all other document types (including journals that are not within RIPM's scope) increase each year.

RILM is also the publisher of the widely read blog, Bibliolore (, How to Write About Music: The RILM Manual of Style, and Music's Intellectual History, comprising 66 essays on the history of music scholarship from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

RILM also functions under the auspices of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM).

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