International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO



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

Preliminary programme of the 2019 ICTM World Conference

The preliminary programme of the 45th ICTM World Conference (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 11–17 July 2019) is now online

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

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 139, January 2019) is available for download, directly from the following links:

The Yearbook for Traditional Music is moving to Cambridge University Press

The International Council for Traditional Music is happy to announce that from Volume 51 (2019) the Yearbook for Traditional Music will be published on our behalf by Cambridge University Press.

Upcoming Events

22nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments

Dates: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 to Saturday, 13 April 2019
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

45th ICTM World Conference

Dates: Thursday, 11 July 2019 to Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Location: Bangkok, Thailand

6th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Multipart Music

Dates: Monday, 23 September 2019 to Friday, 27 September 2019
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

Dates: Wednesday, 10 June 2020 to Saturday, 13 June 2020
Location: Honolulu, USA

31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology

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

6th Symposium of ICTM Study Group on Performing Arts of Southeast Asia

Dates: Tuesday, 28 July 2020 to Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Location: Bagan, Myanmar