International Council for Traditions of Music and Dance

A Non-Governmental Organization in Formal Consultative Relations with UNESCO

The ICTMD mailing list

The ICTMD mailing list (aka ICTMD Listserv) is an important communication tool available for members of the Council. It is meant to provide an arena for discussion of topics related to music and dance, thereby promoting the work of the Council and its Study Groups, National Committees, Liaison Officers, and individual members.

All ICTMD members in good standing are welcome to participate in the mailing list. Joining is voluntary, and you can leave at any time.

To join the ICTMD mailing list, please send a blank email to After your membership status has been confirmed by the Secretariat, you will be able to communicate with all other members who have joined the list.

Using the list

List members are welcome to use the list to discuss issues related to music and dance with fellow list members. We are sure that you will find many ways to use the list and communicate with its growing, international membership.

  • To post to the list, send email to Messages sent to the list will be seen by all list members.  
  • A reply to a post to the list will reach only to the individual poster; to post your reply to the whole list, please use the Reply to All option of your email application.
  • File attachments are not allowed.
  • The list is not moderated, meaning postings will not be filtered or censored in advance. While we want discussions to be as free as possible, ICTMD will not tolerate misuse of the list. Offenders will be warned about such misuse, and repeated offenders will be barred from the list by the Executive Board Committee on Internet Presence. Please see Etiquette below for advice on these matters.
  • You must be an ICTMD member in good standing to remain on the list. Every 1 April, those who have not renewed their membership will be removed from the list and will be unable to rejoin until they have renewed. Advance warning will be given about overdue memberships, so there will be ample time to renew.

For any questions concerning the usage of the list or ICTMD membership, please write to Carlos Yoder, Executive Secretary at the Secretariat and technical administrator of the list, at


We imagine that the lively, good-natured communications that characterise ICTMD events will also be the norm on its mailing list. The following guidelines should help to illustrate what is expected of list members and what is not:

  1. The list is not intended for private communications—do not post anything to the list that you would not want the whole world to see. 
  2. All postings must include your name, institutional affiliation (if any), and city and country.
  3. While the list is a good place to make announcements, official announcements regarding ICTMD activities should be submitted to the Bulletin for greatest circulation to members.
  4. While the list can be used to announce publications of interest to other list members, it should not be used for advertisements.
  5. Postings made to the list are considered to be published documents, so please keep in mind that whatever you say on the list may be quoted elsewhere. However, it is never acceptable to forward or make reference to private email correspondence without the author’s explicit permission.
  6. The list welcomes different opinions and debate, but personal attacks on individuals have no place here. Defamatory, abusive, profane, threatening, offensive, or illegal materials are prohibited.
  7. If your posting gets misinterpreted and gets an angry response, or if you are offended by what someone has posted, please respond respectfully either privately or via the list.
  8. Users are expected to respect others on the list and their opinions. For example, repeated calls for ceasing discussion on a topic should be respected. If desired, such discussions can be pursued on other, more appropriate platforms.
  9. Offenders will be warned about inappropriate usage by the Committee, but repeated misuse will result in the person being barred from the list.

Last update: 26 August 2023