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 Yearbook for Traditional Music. Vol. 49 (2017) has been published

The International Council for Traditional Music is pleased to announce the publication of Vol. 49 (2017) of the Yearbook for Traditional Music, with the following contents:

Back issues of the Yearbook for Traditional Music discounted for members in good standing

Printed back issues of the Council’s flagship academic journal, the Yearbook for Traditional Music are available for purchase directly from the ICTM Secretariat.

The October 2017 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 135, October 2017) is available for download, directly from the following links:

Donate to ICTM's 70th Anniversary Fund

The International Council for Traditional Music will celebrate its 70th anniversary during the 44th World Conference in Limerick, Ireland in July 2017.

Upcoming Events

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on African Musics

Dates: Thursday, 9 August 2018 to Sunday, 12 August 2018
Location: Legon, Ghana

6th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musics of East Asia

Dates: Tuesday, 21 August 2018 to Thursday, 23 August 2018
Location: Seoul, South Korea

Minority Sounds in National Contexts as Seen by ICTM National And Regional Representatives

Dates: Thursday, 23 August 2018 to Saturday, 25 August 2018
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

2nd Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Musics of the Slavic World

Dates: Friday, 21 September 2018 to Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Location: Skopje, Macedonia

15th Symposium of Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts

Dates: Wednesday, 17 October 2018 to Friday, 19 October 2018
Location: Barcelona, Spain

45th ICTM World Conference

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