The activities carried out by the Icelandic Music Museum in Kópavogur and its collection will be transferred to the National Museum of Iceland and the National and University Library of Iceland on the basis of an agreement made by the city of Kópavogur, the museums and the Ministry of Education and Culture. In addition, as the collection and projects of the Music Museum will be transferred to the above collections, the agreement deals with the development of Ísmús, the database of Icelandic musical and cultural heritage, in collaboration with the National and University Library of Iceland and Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.
The museums have already worked together, but when transferring the activities of the Music Library to the National and University Library of Iceland, it is expected that the integration can further enhance professional work in this area.In order to ensure continuity in the operation of these changes, employees of the Music Museum of Iceland will work on the transfer of projects between collections entailed by the agreement.
The Icelandic Music Collection was founded by Kópavogur City in 2006 and since 2009 its activities have been supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture on the basis of agreements in this regard. Following the discussions that Kópavogur City requested from the National and University Library of Iceland and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and the National Museum, the conclusion was that the Music Museum had a major overlap with the obligations of the National Library on the preservation of the music industry, and the integration could further enhance the professional work in this area and the preservation of permissions related to the Icelandic music industry would be more comprehensive than otherwise.
On the picture are from the left: Ingibjörg S. Sverrisdóttir National librarian, Ármann Kr. Ólafsson mayor of Kópavogur, Kristján Þór Júlíusson Minister for Education and Culture and Anna Guðný Ásgeirsdóttir, Managing Director of the National Museum of Iceland.