CEMAT (Italian acronym for Centri musicali attrezzati—lit. "Equipped musical centers; thus, the Federation of Italian Electroacoustic Music Centers). It was founded in 1996 with the purpose of promoting the activity of Italiancomputer music research and production centers. In the self-description in its published literature: "...Its function is to serve as a useful rallying point for independent centers in the field of computer music research, creation and education." In 1999 the Italian Ministry of Culture recognized CEMAT as an Institution for National Contemporary Music Promotion.