About

The Society of Finnish Composers is a non-profit organisation whose members are composers in the field of concert music, or classical music. The purpose of the Society is to provide a community for its members located around the country, to safeguard and promote the artistic, professional and financial interests of composers, and to contribute to the creative musical arts in Finland.

The Society is actively involved in organisations related to its area of interest, publishes statements on current issues in cultural policy as required and seeks to promote the performing, recording and publishing of Finnish music. The Society organises training events for its members with experts from various fields.

The Society is also an expert organisation that publishes statements and champions the interests of music authors. The Society looks after the interests of music authors by participating in the work of several committees and other bodies that govern the arts sector and related decision-making, besides actively monitoring developments in the field and informing its members of grants, competitions, artist residencies and workshops.

The Society of Finnish Composers was founded in 1945 and celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2015.
Chairmen of the Society:

  • Selim Palmgren (1945–1952)
  • Sulho Ranta (1952–1956)
  • Olavi Pesonen (1956–1965)
  • Joonas Kokkonen (1965–1971)
  • Aulis Sallinen (1971–1974)
  • Erkki Salmenhaara (1974–1977)
  • Olavi Pesonen (1977–1981)
  • Usko Meriläinen (1981–1992)
  • Mikko Heiniö (1992–2010)
  • Tapio Tuomela (2010–2014)
  • Antti Auvinen (2014– )