Itemm is a government endorsed Innovation Hub for the musical professionals and professions.

Itemm is a professional resource and service centre. It links craftsmen, experienced professionals with a range of technical expertise and research scientists. It supports economic development of the French instrument making industry.

Under the authority of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Board, Itemm leads a wide range of missions that includes technological development, promotion and development of technical music professions. More information about the missions here.

Itemm is part of a National Innovation Hub Network set up by the Direction Générale des Entreprises (DGE is under the authority of the Ministry for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs) and coordinated by the Institut Supérieur des Métiers (ISM). Both aim to produce knowledge on small businesses economy and ensure the sustainability of their development.

Businesses | Economy | Professions

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Itemm is involved in projects that develop the sector and whose actions are central to the musical, environmental and economic challenges of the sector and acts as an advisory body to the instrument-making industry,

Thanks to the analytical work of the sector conducted by the Innovation Hub, Itemm has acquired a good understanding of the current challenges facing the musical instrument sector. It consists of 2,400 companies, largely composed of one-man and small businesses that ensure the technical (build, repair, restore, tune), the commercial (sale of musical instruments) and the administrative tasks. Niche market with high turnover, the French musical instrument industry occupies the world fourth rank in the high-end sector with a quality reputation overseas. To maintain this position, the Innovation Hub is acting as an economic observatory of the sector (prospection, creation of databases and market analysis).

Promoting and developing the musical instrument industry is a major challenge. Itemm is present in professional salons and exhibitions, organises conferences, gives support to help for the recognition of the sector in France and abroad and encourages musical practice.

Technological development

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 Originally designed as a techno-scientific resource centre and on the strength of its certification by the French Ministry for Crafts, ITEMM contributes to the development of innovative approaches to serve the instrument-making sector. The Innovation Hub’s three areas of technological development are research, engineering and information dissemination.

Applied research

A mutualised research facility, i.e. an applied research workshop, specialised equipment and a soundproofed room, allows craftsmen to initiate innovative approaches (creation of new instruments, patenting, prototype characterization) before approaching specialised structures or before going further, generates emulation and gives rise to proposals and ideas.

Shared engineering

Despite the geographic dispersion and a wide variey of small businesses, there is a collective approach to research in instrument making. ITEMM is a catalyst for technology transfers and continues to develop working dynamics between musical instrument craftsmanship and scientific research.

Information

Acting as an interface between the arts & skilled crafts sector and the scientific and technical communication, ITEMM shares scientific information through its publishing activity and information monitoring . The Innovation Hub provides technical and scientific information to instrument making companies, publishes the annual journal Music & Technique in French, translates industry-specific articles continue to work on the census of existing documentation.

Tools

Collaborative tool developed for the lutherie of plucked and bowed stringed instruments

ITEMM’s Innovation Hub and all its partners work together on developing new tools for the instrument making craftsman and related professionals and on assisting them with their instrumental practice. Tools and partners are listed here. The works are made available to all instruments families with assistance tools. Their applications are listed here.

This photograph shows is an example of a collaborative tool developed for plucked and bowed stringed instruments.