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

The April 2020 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 143, April 2020) is available for download.

ICTM activities postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

As we all know, the outbreak and pandemic status of the new disease COVID-19 (caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2) continues to affect the global population. 

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.

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.

Featured Event

46th ICTM World Conference

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

Upcoming Events

7th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musics of East Asia

Dates: Thursday, 27 August 2020 to Saturday, 29 August 2020
Location: Inner Mongolia, China

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Audiovisual Ethnomusicology

Dates: Monday, 21 September 2020 to Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Location: Bologna, Italy

3rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on African Musics

Dates: Wednesday, 23 September 2020 to Saturday, 26 September 2020
Location: Maputo, Mozambique

1st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Sound, Movement and the Sciences

Dates: Friday, 25 September 2020 to Sunday, 27 September 2020
Location: Stockholm, Sweden

17th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

Dates: Thursday, 15 October 2020 to Saturday, 17 October 2020
Location: Alpiarça, Portugal

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

Dates: Friday, 16 October 2020 to Monday, 19 October 2020
Location: Poznań, Poland

27th ICTM Colloquium

Dates: Saturday, 28 November 2020 to Monday, 30 November 2020
Location: Shanghai, China

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

Dates: Saturday, 13 March 2021 to Sunday, 21 March 2021
Location: Bagan, Myanmar

23rd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments

Dates: Wednesday, 24 March 2021 to Saturday, 27 March 2021
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

31st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology

Dates: Monday, 12 July 2021 to Sunday, 18 July 2021
Location: Klaipėda, Lithuania