The International Ekmelic Music Society was founded on by Franz Richter Herf and Rolf Maedel and has its registered seat in Salzburg, Austria. The Ekmelic Music, developed by the two professors, caused Salzburg to become a new center of microtonal music – so it was considered necessary to co-ordinate future artistic and scientific activities in the form of a society.
According to its statutes, the society promotes the propagation of microtonal music – in particular, in the 72-steps ekmelic tone system – by organizing concerts, lectures, and symposia, by means of publication and printing of ekmelic compositions, as well as by supporting the research work on microtonality and the ekmelic system. It maintains connections to other organisations around the world which are dedicated to microtonal music.
The society was (co-)organizer of several symposia:
- 1985, 1987, 1989, and 1991: Symposia "Microtones" in Salzburg in co-operation with the Mozarteum Academy Salzburg.
- 1989 and 1992: Naturetone Symposia in connection with the Jahrhundertwende-Gesellschaft Heidelberg.
- 2007: Oriental-Occidental Accord in Salzburg.
- 2015, 2017, and 2019: Mikrotöne: Small is beautiful in Salzburg in co-operation with the Mozarteum University Salzburg and others.
The society is a non-profit organization which sponsors its projects by means of subventions, donations, membership fees, and promotion contributions. It is sponsored by the municipality Salzburg and the Land Salzburg, as well as by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.