Most of NOTAM’s output is manifested in work done by composers and artist, students and other people who use our resources and facilities. Our most important collaborative partners are our users; the people we support and to whose projects we contribute. Since we opened our doors in 1994, a great number of works have been realised with our participation, and the works have all contributed to the shaping of NOTAM. NOTAM’s primary mission is to realise the value that the Ministry of Culture, the Arts Council, the composer’s funds and other funding institutions would like to see.
Among institutional collaborative partners, it is Norwegian Academy of Music, the University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Arts Academy of Oslo who are NOTAM’s main partners. Among organisations, it is mainly Norwegian Composer’s Union and NOPA – Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists – who steadily have contributed to the development of NOTAM, first and foremost through participation in NOTAM’s board, but also through financial support.
In the domain of artistic performance, NOTAM has had a long-term collaboration with Ny Musikk, and as one of the founding organisation of the Ultima Oslo Contemporary Music Festival, we contribute with productions on an annual basis. A relatively new collaborative partner for NOTAM is Henie Onstad Arts Centre, who has rebuilt its image as an arts centre with a sharp interdisciplinary profile. Furthermore, NOTAM is a member of Production Network for Electronic Arts (PNEK), which also consists of the arts organisations Atelier Nord, BEK, Dans for voksne, TEKS and IO-lab. The list of partners in Norway contains many more names which for lack of space are not mentioned here, but are mentioned in other parts of the web site in posts about specific projects.
Internationally, NOTAM engages in residency exchanges, and contributes resources in ways we think make a difference. NOTAM is a natural part of an international network, albeit as a small partner. We have collaborations with similar centres in several countries, and with universities both in Europe and North America. Examples of collaborative projects is Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) at the University of Huddersfield in the UK, with whom NOTAM since 2011 have exchanged residencies. This marks the start of a dialogue with an intention to step up to several long-term collaborative research projects with CeReNeM.
Earlier international collaborative projects worth mentioning is EU-COST-G6 “Digital Audio Effects” (1997-2001), which resulted in the conferences DAFx and Integra. In 2009, NOTAM realised its second collaboration with Warsaw Autumn Festival, and the following year with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, two of the most exciting music festivals in Europe.