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.

In focus

Winners of the 2021 ICTM Prizes

The International Council for Traditional Music is pleased to announce the 2021 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.

Results of the 2021 ICTM Elections

The following is the message given by Helen Lawlor, Convenor of the Nomination Committee of the 2021 ICTM Elections, during the 45th General Assembly of ICTM Members, held online on 24 July 2021.

Programme and abstracts of ICTM Dialogues 2021 now online

The programme and abstracts of the ICTM Dialogues 2021: Towards Decolonization of Music and Dance Studies, an event that will stretch out over the course of 2021, are now available.

Featured Event

46th ICTM World Conference

Start: Thursday, 21 July 2022
End: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Upcoming Events

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of the Slavic World

Dates: Wednesday, 20 October 2021 to Saturday, 23 October 2021
Location: Poznań, Poland

11th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Minorities

Dates: Monday, 25 October 2021 to Saturday, 30 October 2021
Location: Uppsala, Sweden

23rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Historical Sources


Dates: Wednesday, 3 November 2021 to Sunday, 7 November 2021
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan

46th ICTM World Conference

Dates: Thursday, 21 July 2022 to Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

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