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.

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Scammers targeting ICTM members via email

The ICTM Secretariat would like to warn that cybercriminals have been recently targeting ICTM members to try and scam them into sending them money.

The October 2019 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 141, October 2019) is available for download, directly from the following links:

Announcement: 46th ICTM World Conference (July 2021, Lisbon, Portugal)

You are cordially invited to attend the 46th ICTM World Conference, which will be hosted between 22 and 28 July 2021 by the Institute of Ethnomusicology - Center for Studies in Music and Dance and the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon (NOVA-FCSH), Lisbon, Portugal.

New benefits for ICTM members

Since April 2019, all ICTM members in good standing can access the complete run of all Council journals, 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), via Cambridge Core, at no additional cost.

Featured Event

46th ICTM World Conference

Start: Thursday, 22 July 2021
End: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Upcoming Events

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Allied Arts of Greater South Asia

Dates: Thursday, 12 December 2019 to Saturday, 14 December 2019
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Latin America and the Caribbean

Dates: Monday, 9 March 2020 to Friday, 13 March 2020
Location: Chiapas, Mexico

7th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance in Southeastern Europe

Dates: Monday, 13 April 2020 to Friday, 17 April 2020
Location: Trabzon, Turkey

11th Symposium of the ICTM on Study Group on Maqām


Dates: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 to Friday, 22 May 2020
Location: Saint Petersburg, Russia

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music, Education and Social Inclusion

Dates: Thursday, 21 May 2020 to Saturday, 23 May 2020
Location: Puerto Rico

23rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Historical Sources


Dates: Tuesday, 26 May 2020 to Saturday, 30 May 2020
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan

10th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music and Dance of Oceania

Dates: Saturday, 13 June 2020 to Sunday, 14 June 2020
Location: Honolulu, USA

11th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies

Dates: Monday, 15 June 2020 to Saturday, 20 June 2020
Location: Tangier, Morocco

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

Dates: Monday, 22 June 2020 to Sunday, 28 June 2020
Location: Uppsala, Sweden

31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology

Dates: Saturday, 18 July 2020 to Saturday, 25 July 2020
Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania

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