A Short Guide to the Norwegian Music Scene

Official Norway
The Norwegian music scene is related to a number of official institutions, the main one being the Ministry of Cultural- and Church Affairs. In addition, the Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Cultural Council are important contacts for the participants of the music scene. For Norwegian music export, the Ministry for Trade and the Norwegian Trade Council are key supportive partners.

Performers / performing bodies
The MIC’s music industry directory contains information on performing bodies. You may search by name or category, such as performing bodies (Orchestra, Opera, Ballet, Ensembles etc.)

Norwegian musicians and artists are mainly organised in the Norwegian Musicians’ Union and/or Gramart. You can also search for individuals either on family name or under the subject musicians (sub-divided on instrument/voice) or artist. You will also find individual artists’ agents and impresarios in addition to record companies.

Articles from our online magazine and the now defunct Listen to Norway magazine are linked up to the contact information on the performing bodies and individuals.

If you want to find a recording with Norwegian performers within the genre classical/contemporary, please search our catalogue.

Norwegian composers are organised in the Norwegian Society of Composers or in the popular composer’s union: NOPA - Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists. We also have contact information on singular composers – this also includes biographies and articles on each composer. If you are searching for works and recordings, please search in our Catalogue.

Music Festivals
MIC can offer contact information to the most important Norwegian music festivals, in addition to a festival calendar.

Norway has a large number of venues, from big halls such as the Oslo Concert Hall, the Grieg Hall in Bergen, the Olav Hall in Trondheim and Stavanger Concert Hall to small clubs. Many of the regional venues are organised in a network called Norsk Kulturhusnettverk. The MIC calendar presents important concert events featuring Norwegian music.

Music education
Norway has programmes for music teaching and education from babies up to a diploma level.

MIC can offer direct contact information to conservatories and universities with a music education as well as folk high schools. Check our music education section.

Amateur music
The amateur music scene in Norway is organised in a large number of organisations. Many of them are gathered under the umbrella Norwegian Music Council. The two largest organisations, however, Norwegian Band Federation and the Norwegian Choir Association are independent.

Music business
MIC has registered the most important Norwegian music publishers, record companies, distributors, antiquarians etc.

Norwegian publishers are gathered in the Norwegian Music Publishers’ Associations, while the Music Export Norway is the record companies’ co-operation body.

Most Norwegian schemes for funding are reserved for Norwegians. Foreign applicants have some possibilities. Please contact us if you need information about this.

Performing Rights
The Norwegian music scene has three organisations dealing with rights: TONO - The Norwegian Performing Rights Society, managing the rights of the composers, lyricists and music publishers, while NCB manages of the technical rights (recordings, film etc.) of the same group. GRAMO manages the recording rights of Norwegian musicians and artists.


Norway can offer a small number of competitions in the musical field: The International Edvard Grieg Competition for Composers is arranged biennially. The next takes place in 2003. The same goes for the Queen Sonja International Music Competition for singers.

Libraries, archives, museums
The Norwegian National Library of music in situated in Oslo. Most Norwegian music libraries and archives are organised in the Norwegian Association of Music Libraries. Some of these archives are for specific genres, such as the Norwegian Jazz Archives, the Norwegian Archives for Folk and Popular Songs and the Norwegian Folk Music Archives.

The main music historical museums are the Ringve Museum in Trondheim and the Edvard Grieg Museum in Bergen. The Grieg Collection in the Bergen Public Library is the main archive for Edvard Grieg. Soprano Kirsten Flagstad has her own museum at Hamar.

Music research
The most important institutions for musicology in Norway are the music departments of the universities in Oslo, Trondheim and Bergen and the Norwegian State Academy of Music, the Norwegian Jazz Archives and the Norwegian Archives for Folk and Popular Songs. The Norwegian musicologists’ organisation Norsk Musikkforskerlag edits the yearbook Studia Musicologica Norvegica.

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