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, and Colloquia, 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 October 2018 issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM is available for download

It is my great pleasure to inform you that a new issue of the Bulletin of the ICTM (Volume 138, October 2018) is available for download, directly from the following links:

The Yearbook for Traditional Music is moving to Cambridge University Press

The International Council for Traditional Music is happy to announce that from Volume 51 (2019) the Yearbook for Traditional Music will be published on our behalf by Cambridge University Press.

Upcoming Events

6th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Music in the Arab World

Dates: Monday, 7 January 2019 to Thursday, 10 January 2019
Location: Cairo, Egypt

22nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musical Instruments

Dates: Wednesday, 10 April 2019 to Saturday, 13 April 2019
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

45th ICTM World Conference

Dates: Thursday, 11 July 2019 to Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Location: Bangkok, Thailand