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.

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New benefits for ICTM members

Since April 2019, all ICTM members in good standing can access the complete run of all ICTM 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.

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

A new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 140, April 2019) is available for download, directly from the following links:

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