International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies (formerly Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures)


The Study Group was founded in 1992 by Tullia Magrini during the conference "Anthropology of Music in Mediterranean Cultures" (Venice, 10-12 September 1992), organized by the ICTM Italian Committee with the support of the Fondazione Olga e Ugo Levi, Venezia. The Study Group was formally recognized by the Executive Board of the ICTM in 1993. It stated as its founding mission “to promote research and discussion about music considered as a human and social phenomenon, without distinction among oral, literate, and popular traditions. The Study Group fosters co-operation between ethnomusicologists, historical musicologists, and anthropologists”.

Under Tullia’s inspired leadership (1992–2005) the Study Group established a basic pattern of triennial meetings in Venice under the auspices of the Levi Foundation (, which generously funded the travel and hospitality of the all-invited participants. In 1996 Tullia launched Music & Anthropology (M&A) — the Study Group’s multimedia peer-reviewed online journal — a pioneering concept in musical scholarship at the time. The website is no longer active but is accessible for reference.

The last meeting of the Study Group hosted by the Levi Foundation was held in 2007 and was dedicated to the memory of Tullia Magrini, who had passed two years earlier. Marcello Sorce Keller was entrusted with carrying the work of the Study Group forward as Chair, with Ruth Davis as Vice-Chair. Thus began a new era for the Study Group marked by new venues (in Malta, Portugal and Cambridge UK), new thematic directions, and expanded participation. The Study Group changed its name to Mediterranean Music Studies (MMS) to reflect its more diversified disciplinary orientation. As M&A ceased to operate, the online journal Mediterranean Music Studies (MMS) (2010–2014) was launched under Marcello Sorce Keller’s editorship.  

At the 2014 Symposium in Cambridge, Marcello announced his intention to step down as Chair and Ruth Davis was elected to replace him; she was assisted (from 2015) by the Study Group's first Secretary, Cassandre Balosso-Bardin. In June 2016 the Study Group held its 11th Symposium jointly with the International Musicological Society in Naples on the theme “Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement”.  Alessandra Ciucci was elected Vice-Chair and Oded Erez was elected Secretary, taking over from Cassandre Balosso-Bardin.

In June 2018 Study Group members met in Essaouira, Morocco for the Symposium Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads. This was the very first meeting of the Study Group hosted in North Africa.

In May 2019 the Mediterranean Music Studies Blog was launched, as an affliated platform for conversation and community, hosting pieces of research across a variety of media (writing, video, audio, and photography), as well as reports and reflections from fieldwork. It is also posible to stay up to day with Blog activity by following our Twitter account: @MedMusicStudies


Chair: Ruth Davis (UK)
Vice-Chair: Vanessa Paloma Elbaz (UK– Morocco)
Secretary:  Salvatore Morra (Italy)

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Call for Papers - 13th Symposium of the Mediterranean Music Study Group, Tangier, June 15-20, 2020

The ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music is pleased to announce its 13th Symposium on the theme "Music, Power, and Space: a Mediterranean perspective". The symposium will be hosted by the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies and the Al-Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures and will be held at both venues in Tangier, Morroco, on June 15-20, 2020

Call for Papers and Panels: The 12th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies

Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads

18–23 June 2018 Essaouira, Morocco  

The ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music is pleased to announce its 12th Symposium on the theme “Music and Sound at the Mediterranean Crossroads.” The symposium  will be hosted by the Association Essaouira-Mogador, and will be held at Dar Souiri Essaouira, Morocco, June 18-23, 2018.

Report on First Joint Symposium of the ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies and the International Musicological Society (Eleventh Symposium of the ICTM Study Group Mediterranean Music Studies) Naples, 21–25 June 2016

The study group’s eleventh symposium, which doubled as its first joint symposium with the International Musicological Society (IMS), took place in Naples, 21–25 June, 2016, on the theme "Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement". It was hosted by the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella and the Università L'Orientale and it was supported by the International Association for Mediterranean and Oriental Studies (ISMEO). The program committee comprised Ruth Davis (Study Group chair) and Dinko Fabris (president of the IMS) as program co-chairs with Alessandra Ciucci and Salvatore Morra also representing the Study Group. Salvatore Morra and Gabriele Flaminio (project manager for Università L’Orientale) were responsible for the complex local arrangements, generously assisted by Adriano Rossi as president of ISMEO.

News and Final Programme, First Joint Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies and the International Musicological Society (June 2016)

ICTM Study Group ‘Mediterranean Music Studies

International Musicological Society

First joint symposium

"Musicians in the Mediterranean: Narratives of Movement"

21-26 June, 2016

Naples, Italy 

Universita degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”  

Conservatorio di Musica San Pietro a Majella

Archive: Information for 2010 meeting - ENCOUNTERS WITH MEDITERRANEAN MUSIC

Mediterranean Institute - University of Malta

International Music Pedagogy Workshops
27-30 June 2010

“Introduction to Ethnomusicology and 
Mediterranean Soundscapes”
Taught by Philip Ciantar, University of Malta

“Applied Ethnomusicology in the Classroom”
Taught by Elita Maule, Conservatorio di Musica di Bolzano

With contributions by Mariella Cassar, Education Officer for Music – Ministry of Education – Malta
and Marcello Sorce Keller, Chair Study Group

in conjunction with