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

Results of the 2021 ICTM Elections

The following is the message given by Helen Lawlor, Convenor of the Nomination Committee of the 2021 ICTM Elections, during the 45th General Assembly of ICTM Members, held online on 24 July 2021.

Programme and abstracts of ICTM Dialogues 2021 now online

The programme and abstracts of the ICTM Dialogues 2021: Towards Decolonization of Music and Dance Studies, an event that will stretch out over the course of 2021, are now available.

Featured Event

46th ICTM World Conference

Start: Thursday, 21 July 2022
End: Wednesday, 27 July 2022
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Upcoming Events

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

Dates: Thursday, 29 July 2021 to Thursday, 5 August 2021
Location: Tainan, Taiwan and online

Inaugural symposium of Study Group-in-the-Making on Music, Religion, and Spirituality

Dates: Thursday, 26 August 2021 to Saturday, 28 August 2021
Location: Online

7th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music of the Turkic-speaking World

Dates: Monday, 6 September 2021 to Thursday, 9 September 2021
Location: Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

11th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Mediterranean Music Studies

Dates: Thursday, 23 September 2021 to Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Location: Tangier, Morocco

11th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music, Gender and Sexuality

Dates: Friday, 24 September 2021 to Tuesday, 28 September 2021
Location: Zagreb, Croatia

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

Dates: Thursday, 7 October 2021 to Saturday, 9 October 2021
Location: Alpiarça, Portugal