International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Yearbook for Traditional Music

Yearbook for Traditional Music Vol. 52 (2020)

The Yearbook for Traditional Music is a refereed scholarly journal which carries essays, reviews, and reports in the area of traditional music and dance research. Since 2019 it is published on ICTM's behalf by Cambridge University Press.

ISSN (Print): 0740-1558.
ISSN (Online): 2304-3857.

General Editor: Lee Tong Soon.

The Yearbook was established in 1949 as the Journal of the International Folk Music Council, and it is published in English every November by the ICTM Secretariat. All ICTM members and institutional subscribers in good standing receive a copy of the Yearbook via priority air mail. 

The latest issue of the Yearbook is Vol. 52 (2020), which was published and distributed in January 2021.

All members in good standing receive a free issue of the latest Yearbook, and they benefit from greatly reduced fees when ordering additional copies of said volume (normally priced at EUR 90.00), as follows:

  • Ordinary, Joint Ordinary, Life, and Joint Life Members: only EUR 30.00 per additional copy.
  • Student and Emeritus Members: only 20.00 per additional copy.

Please note that these discounts are currently not available for Supported Members, Institutional Members, and Institutional Subscribers.

Back issues

Tables of contents and support materials

The complete tables of contents, audiovisual examples, and additional materials for all Yearbooks are available on this this page at the ICTM website.

Printed back issues

Printed back issues of the Yearbook for Traditional Music are available from the ICTM Secretariat, from Vol. 1 (1969) through Vol. 50 (2018), at 23.00 EUR (18.00 EUR for members in good standing) per volume, plus shipping and handling. A 10% discount is available for orders of more than 10 copies of the same volume shipped to the same address. 

Electronic back issues

The whole run of the Yearbook for Traditional Music is available via Cambridge Core. All ICTM members in good standing can access the Yearbook for Traditional Music (1981–present), the Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council (1969–1980) and the Journal of the International Folk Music Council (1949–1968) at no additional cost. Members must log in to the ICTM website using their username and password, and click on the link "Access the Yearbook for Traditional Music at Cambridge Core" found in the "Your Account" section


If you would like to submit original articles and/or review materials to be considered for inclusion in the next  issue of the Yearbook for Traditional Music, please find the full guidelines here.