We are the Initiative Freie Musikszene Zürich – an association of freelance musicians, ensembles and artists of the Zurich contemporary music and sound art scene. Our expertise and art involves the broad spectrum of interpretation, composition, improvisation, performance art and music theater.
        We perform in a wide variety of spaces and formats from classical concert halls, galleries and theaters to public and digital spaces. The IFMZ is committed to cultural policy, especially for new rehearsal and performance venues for the free music and sound art scene in Zurich. We are always happy to welcome new members.

Are you interested in supporting the association or getting involved? Would you like to rent our rooms at lower prices? Then become a member of the IFMZ!



Support the association and benefit from discounted room rentals
  • for single person – 150 CHF per year
  • Legal entity (ensemble, associations etc.)
    – 300 CHF per year


Support the association, without discounted room rent
  • 50 CHF per year


Support the association more, without discounted room rent
  • 100 CHF per year

Register here: ︎︎︎Form


︎︎︎Lara Stanic
︎︎︎Hannah Mehler
︎︎︎Micha Seidenberg
︎︎︎Léo Collin


︎︎︎Magda Drozd

Verein Initiative Freie Musikszene Zürich (IFMZ)
Zeughausstrasse 56
CH-8004 Zürich





1 Year IFMZ @Zeughaus 4


Residency Programme Multidirectional Motions

Starting in winter 2023/24, the IFMZ in cooperation with SONIC MATTER – Platform for Experimental Music and Oto Sound Museum offers a residency programme in Studio 1 of the IFMZ premises at Zeughaus 4 in the Kasernenareal Zurich. The Open Call is aimed at sound artists, musicians and composers living in Switzerland with a focus on contemporary, experimental music or installative and cross-disciplinary practices. Individuals or duos can apply. The residency is not suitable for bands or larger ensembles. The residency is also open to artists from Zurich.

DEADLINE 12 November 2023

TO THE CALL: ︎︎︎Deutsch ︎︎︎Français ︎︎︎Italiano ︎︎︎English


The free Zurich music scene needs spaces! That's why we founded the association IFMZ and wrote a position paper. If you support our cause, please sign the petition. We are happy about new supporters!

︎︎︎Sign the Petition

In November 2022, IFMZ got a space as part of the interim use of Zeughaus 4 on the Kasernenareal in Zurich — a new place for rehearsals, studios, experiments, exchange and community. The more than 500 square meters of space were divided into a large rehearsal room with control room and grand piano (283m2), a multi-purpose room for rehearsals, workshop, workshops (53m2), six individual studio rooms (27–30m2) and a storage room (30m2).
        Rentals of the large rehearsal room are possible upon request (see Rentals).

Main Users Rehearsal Room

︎︎︎Collegium Novum Zurich
︎︎︎Ensemble Tzara
︎︎︎kollektiv international totem
︎︎︎Le Pli

Renters Studios/Offices

︎︎︎Micha Seidenberg, Komponist
︎︎︎Magda Drozd, Klangkünstlerin
Ivan Deves, Musiker
︎︎︎Philipp Schaufelberger, Musiker
︎︎︎Sonic Matter, Festival
︎︎︎Julia van der Waerden, Geigenbauerin


Mieter:innen der Ateliers/Büros

Collegium Novum Zurich

Collegium Novum Zurich

For rehearsals of music ensembles, smaller orchestras, chamber music, theater and dance we rent the 282m2 rehearsal room. Workshops and internal sharings are possible, but not public events.
        Requests can be made via this ︎︎︎Form. Please read rates and terms and conditions beforehand and check availability in the occupancy calendar. IFMZ membership is worthwhile: Members of the association benefit from lower prices for rentals.





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