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Following the Finnish ISCM tradition, the section actually runs the foreign activities of the Society of Finnish Composers, which has 138 members at the end of the year 2004.

The society actively follows cultural politics and decision-making in the country and participates in changing of views when necessary.

The recent years have seen a rapid growth of amount of members, especially young ones at the age of around 30. This generation is represented also in the board of the Society of Finnish Composers; the newest board member (since March 2004) is the 30-year-old composer Lauri Kilpiö.

After the 2004 parliament elections, the new social democrate-centre government with a very efficient cultural ministre chose culture as one of its focal activity fields, which has given a boost to many sectors: for instance, the state now invests for the first time in export of finnish popular music. This has led to remarkable success of pop groups like The Rasmus and Nightwish after the Top10 listings of HIM and Darude had opened the market one or two years earlier. However, contemporary art music has found itself even deeper in the marginal, despite the successes ofKaija Saariaho and Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Kalevi Aho. Especially the weak financial situation of the Finnish Broadcasting Company and the renewed channel structure have resulted in cuts in the use of classical new music: nowadays there's basically only one weekly slot for contemporary music in the basic schedule of the Radio 1 channel (which is the traditional classical music channel).

Light music composers have also gained space in the distribution of the state grants: for instance, a pop lyric writer was for the first time given an artistic grant from the quote dedicated for composers.

As far as musical events are concerned, the Finnish ISCM section has no own concert organization. Instead, it prefers to direct its support to contemporary music through existing concert organisations and the Madetoja Foundation, which functions within the Society of Finnish Composers. The Madetoja Foundation also supports commissioning of new Finnish works.

In 2004, the Society of Finnish Composers assisted three contemporary music events: Tampere Biennale, Musica Nova Helsinki, and Time of Music Festival at Viitasaari.

One of the main sponsors of the Tampere Biennale, the society hosted a public seminar on "Contemporary music in orchestral concert programming". As a whole, the situation of contemporary music in orchestral programs was regarded rather well established. In many of the almost 30 Finnish city orchestras, contemporary music is an organic part of almost every concert, and some orchestras have even built their artistic profile on it. Thanks to the Resident Composer Project, started in the late 90's, there are still several orchestras which have an active relationship with one particular composer writing new works for the orchestra, hosting pre-concert talks, assisting the intendant and conductor in the programming, etc.

In September 2004, the Society of Finnish Composers organised its autumn seminar with the title "Competition in music" around the final concert of the first international Uuno Klami Competition for composers. It also awarded a prize to the work that won the voting organized among the Society members present in the concert.

The foreign activities saw a renaissance of the relationship with Russia: in November 2003, the kantele player Elisa Kerola-Tuuri and the clarinetist Mikko Raasakka performed a program of Finnish music at the Sound Ways Festival in St Petersburg. The Sound Ways Ensemble was in turn invited to the Time of Music festival at Viitasaari in July 2004. New Finnish music was also presented in April in three concerts in Moscow and at the Roslavets Festival in Briansk by the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble and a lecture by Tapio Tuomela in both cities.

The section again realized a composer exchange with Polish and Hungarian festivals as part of its customary exchange programs with these countries.

In February 2004, the section participated in the preparation of the Festival Présences by financing the commissioned orchestral work of the Finnish composer Juhani Komulainen.

The society participated in travel costs of Finnish composers selected for Nordic Music Days Festival in Copenhagen and Malmö in November 2004. It also financed partly the chamber music performances of composers Mikko Heiniö and Juhani Nuorvala.

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