Between 1951 and 2015, the Belgian Centre for Music Documentation was a non-profit association. It was placed under the auspices of the Federal Government and sponsored by Sabam and the National Lottery in order to stimulate the promotion and performance of the works of Belgian contemporary composers of serious music.
The object of CeBeDeM was to stimulate the expansion of Belgian contemporary music, in Belgium as well as abroad. For that purpose, CeBeDeM compiles and publishes the works of its members, reproduces unpublished scores for performance or promotion, provides orchestral material, collects and gives all information concerning the affiliated composers.
CeBeDeM was a member of I.A.M.I.C. (International Association of Music Information Centres), as such it was also affiliated to I.M.C. (International Music Council). It is also a member of I.A.M.L. (International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres).
From 2015, the library of the Brussels Royal Conservatories, managed by the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel, School of Arts of the Erasmus University College and the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, took over the Cebedem collection. It will give access to the collection and rent orchestral material.