BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
A The arts
See also: HPN “Aesthetics”
AV Music
AVA Theory of music and musicology
AVC Music reviews and criticism
AVD Discographies and buyer’s guides
AVG Music: styles and genres
AVH Individual composers and musicians, specific bands and groups
AVQ Musical scores, lyrics and libretti
AVR Musical instruments and instrumental ensembles
Note: for collectable instruments, see WC “Antiques and collectables” and following
AVS Techniques of music / music tutorials
Note: use for learning an instrument
AVX Music recording and reproduction
See also: UDM “Digital music: consumer/user guides etc”; TTA “Acoustic and sound engineering”. For the recorded music industry, use KNTF “Music industry”

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