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, 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.

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The April 2017 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 134, April 2017) is available for download, directly from the following links:

In Memoriam Dieter Christensen (1932-2017)

Dieter Christensen (1932–2017), former Secretary General of the International Council for Traditional Music (1981-2001) and General Editor of the Yearbook for Traditional Music (1982–2001), passed away in Berlin on 1 March 2017.

Donate to ICTM's 70th Anniversary Fund

The International Council for Traditional Music will celebrate its 70th anniversary during the 44th World Conference in Limerick, Ireland in July 2017.

Featured Event

Musics Matter! Ethnomusicology and its Socio-political Relevance Today

Start: Thursday, 28 September 2017
End: Saturday, 30 September 2017
Location: Vienna, Austria

Upcoming Events

Musics Matter! Ethnomusicology and its Socio-political Relevance Today

Dates: Thursday, 28 September 2017 to Saturday, 30 September 2017
Location: Vienna, Austria

22nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Historical Sources of Traditional Music

Dates: Thursday, 12 April 2018 to Monday, 16 April 2018
Location: Budapest, Hungary

6th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe

Dates: Sunday, 15 April 2018 to Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Location: Sinj, Croatia

12th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies

Dates: Tuesday, 19 June 2018 to Sunday, 24 June 2018
Location: Essaouira, Morocco

6th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology

Dates: Saturday, 7 July 2018 to Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Location: Beijing, China

3rd ICTM Forum

Dates: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 to Saturday, 14 July 2018
Location: Beijing, China

30th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology

Dates: Saturday, 28 July 2018 to Saturday, 4 August 2018
Location: Szeged-Budapest, Hungary

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on African Musics

Dates: Thursday, 9 August 2018 to Sunday, 12 August 2018
Location: Legon, Ghana

45th ICTM World Conference

Dates: Thursday, 11 July 2019 to Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Location: Bangkok, Thailand