International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO


The International Council for Traditional Music is a scholarly organization which aims to further the study, practice, documentation, preservation, and dissemination of traditional music and dance of all countries. To these ends the Council organizes World Conferences, Symposia, and Colloquia, and publishes the Yearbook for Traditional Music and the online Bulletin of the ICTM

As a non-governmental organization in formal consultative relations with UNESCO and by means of its wide international representation and the activities of its Study Groups, the International Council for Traditional Music acts as a bond among peoples of different cultures and thus contributes to the peace of humankind.

Featured event

44th ICTM World Conference

Start: Thursday, 13 July 2017
End: Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Location: Limerick, Ireland

In focus

Submissions to the 44th ICTM World Conference are now open

You are cordially invited to submit a proposal to present at the 44th ICTM World Conference. The conference will take place at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick (Limerick, Ireland) from 13 to 19 July 2017. During the...

The April 2016 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download

It is my great pleasure to inform you that a new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 131, April 2016) is available for download, directly from the following links:Bulletin of the ICTM Vol. 131 (April 2016), good quality (2....

Upcoming Events

20 Oct 2016: 24th ICTM Colloquium

Dates: from Thursday, 20 October 2016, to Sunday, 23 October 2016
Location: Shanghai, China

27 Oct 2016: 14th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

Dates: from Thursday, 27 October 2016, to Monday, 31 October 2016
Location: Xi'an, China

5 Apr 2017: 21st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments

Dates: from Wednesday, 5 April 2017, to Saturday, 8 April 2017
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

13 Jul 2017: 44th ICTM World Conference

Dates: from Thursday, 13 July 2017, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Location: Limerick, Ireland
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