International Council for Traditional Music

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

Maud Karpeles Fund

Maud Karpeles (1885-1976)
Maud Karpeles (1885–1976)

The International Council for Traditional Music has established a fund in honour of Maud Karpeles (1885–1976), one of the key people in the establishment of the International Folk Music Council, as well as its first Honorary Secretary, first Bulletin editor, and first Journal editor. She was subsequently named Honorary President.

Upon her death, Klaus Wachsmann said she was the “soul and the spirit” of the Council from its beginning, and Willard Rhodes noted that Karpeles

supplied the imagination, vision, mental and physical energy and force to launch successfully the IFMC and guide its growth and development. She was a gifted organizer and administrator and enjoyed the collaboration and respect of an international coterie of distinguished scholars and musicians. But it was her humanity and philosophy that marked the character and work of the Council.

The Maud Karpeles Fund is available to ICTM members for activities that support the mission and aims of the Council.

Applicants should write to the Secretariat stating their wish to be considered for the award, outlining the activities they wish to be supported, itemizing estimated costs for each activity, and describing how such activities further promote the work of the Council.

Applications can be submitted at any time, but if for a scheduled event, they should be received by the Secretariat five months before the beginning of the event. Funds cannot be used to support all the participants of an organized panel. Anyone receiving assistance will be expected to attend the entire event and to take advantage of economical on-campus accommodation, if available, and any other means to lessen costs.

Those applications which do not follow the above procedure and/or miss the deadline will be ineligible for support.