International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

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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, Colloquia, and Fora, 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.

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The January 2023 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download.

Invitation to ICTM Dialogue: Towards the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

You are cordially invited to attend the ICTM Dialogue: Towards the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance. Based on extensive consultation with the ICTM membership around the world, members of the Executive Board will recommend a change for the name of the Council, to the International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance (ICTMD).

Winners of the 2022 ICTM Prizes

The International Council for Traditional Music is pleased to announce the 2022 prizes for Best Article, Best Book, and Best Documentary Film or Video. Details on each of the winning submissions are followed by comments from the members of the three subcommittees.

Featured Event

47th ICTM World Conference

Start: Thursday, 13 July 2023
End: Wednesday, 19 July 2023
Location: Legon, Ghana

Upcoming Events

24th Symposium of Study Group on Musical Instruments

Dates: Wednesday, 29 March 2023 to Saturday, 1 April 2023
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka / Online

19th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

Dates: Thursday, 18 May 2023 to Saturday, 20 May 2023
Location: Rome, Italy

3rd Conference of the ICTM National Committee for Portugal

Dates: Wednesday, 24 May 2023 to Thursday, 25 May 2023
Location: Aveiro, Portugal

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Global History of Music

Dates: Wednesday, 7 June 2023 to Friday, 9 June 2023
Location: Palermo, Italy

14th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies

Dates: Monday, 26 June 2023 to Friday, 30 June 2023
Location: Marseille, France

47th ICTM World Conference

Dates: Thursday, 13 July 2023 to Wednesday, 19 July 2023
Location: Legon, Ghana

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Audiovisual Ethnomusicology

Dates: Friday, 1 September 2023 to Sunday, 3 September 2023
Location: Cork, Ireland