A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO
The Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania (SGMDO) is an informal association of scholars within the ICTM who share interests in the study of music and dance of Oceania. They meet when opportunities arise to discuss their research and periodically exchange information through an internal newsletter. Special meetings have been held in Australia in 1988, 1995, 2001 and 2010; Germany in 1993; Japan in 1999; Palau in 2004; and Hawai'i in 2006. Informal gatherings have been held on other occasions, such as the Festivals of Pacific Arts and the Melanesian Arts Festivals, and in conjunction with meetings of other scholarly societies in which SGMDO members participated. In 2001 members of the Study Group published the book 'Traditionalism and Modernity in the Music and Dance of Oceania' in honour of study group founder Barbara Smith, and in 2007 the book 'Oceanic Music Encounters - the Print Resource and the Human Resource: Essays in Honour of Mervyn McLean'.