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International Council for Traditional Music

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International Council for Traditional Music
Abbreviation ICTM
Formation 22 September 1947
Region served
Official language
Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco
Parent organization

The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) is non-governmental organization in formal consultative relationship with UNESCO, an academic organization focused on music and. Founded in London on 22 September 1947, it publishes the Yearbook for Traditional Music once a year, and the Bulletin of the ICTM[1] three times a year. Since 2013, its president has been Dr. Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Director of the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The organization was previously known as The International Folk Music Council (IFMC). In 1949, it helped found the UNESCO International Music Council.


ICTM World Conferences have been held since 1948 and are presently biennial. In 2009, the site of the ICTM World Conference was Durban, South Africa, in 2011 it was St. John's Newfoundland, in 2013 Shanghai, China, in 2015 Astana, Kazakhstan, in 2017 Limerick, Ireland[2], and in 2019 it will be Bangkok, Thailand[3].

Nr Conf. Time Location Host institution
44. ICTM 13-19 July 2017 Limerick  Ireland Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick
43. ICTM 16-22 July 2015 Astana  Kazakhstan Kazakh National University of Arts
42. ICTM 11-17 July 2013 Shanghai  China Shanghai Conservatory of Music
41. ICTM 13-19 July 2011 St. John's  Canada Memorial University of Newfoundland
40. ICTM 1-8 July 2009 Durban  South Africa University of KwaZulu-Natal
39. ICTM 4-11 July 2007 Vienna  Austria Austria ICTM National Committee and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, in partnership with the Institute of Musicology at Vienna University, the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Austrian Commission for UNESCO
38. ICTM 3-10 August 2005 Sheffield  United Kingdom University of Sheffield
37. ICTM 4-11 January 2004 Fuzhou & Quanzhou
Fujian Normal University & Quanzhou Normal University
36. ICTM 4-11 July 2001 Rio de Janeiro  Brazil School of Music, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Universidade do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), and Conservatório Brasileiro de Música (CBM)
35. ICTM 19-25 August 1999 Hiroshima  Japan ICTM National Committee for Japan, The Society for Research in Asiatic Music, Tôyô Ongaku Gakkai, in cooperation with Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima University, and the Elizabeth Music College
34. ICTM 25 June - 1 July 1997 Nitra  Slovakia Institute of Musicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences Bratislava
33. ICTM 5-11 January 1995 Canberra  Australia Canberra School of Music, Australian National University
32. ICTM 16-22 June 1993 Berlin  Germany International Institute for Traditional Music
31. ICTM 3-9 July 1991 Kowloon  Hong Kong
30. ICTM 23-30 July 1989 Schladming  Austria
29. ICTM 30 July - 6 August 1987 Berlin  East Germany
28. ICTM 30 July - 7 August 1985 Stockholm  Sweden&
Helsinki  Finland
27. ICTM 8-15 August 1983 New York  United States Columbia University
26. IFMC 25 August - 1 September 1981 Seoul  Korea
25. IFMC 28 July - 4 August 1979 Oslo  Norway
24. IFMC 13-18 August 1977 Honolulu  United States University of Hawaii at Manoa
23. IFMC 14-21 August 1975 Regensburg  Germany University of Regensburg
22. IFMC 26 July - 1 August 1973 Bayonne  France
21. IFMC 27 August - 3 September 1971 Kingston  Jamaica
20. IFMC 6-13 August 1969 Edinburgh  United Kingdom
19. IFMC 28 July - 3 August 1967 Ostend  Belgium
18. IFMC 26 July - 3 August 1966 Legon Accra  Ghana
17. IFMC 17-25 August 1964 Budapest  Hungary
16. IFMC 5-9 August 1963 Jerusalem  Israel
15. IFMC 13-21 July 1962 Gottwaldov  Czechoslovakia,
now Zlín  Slovakia
14. IFMC 28 Aug - 3 September 1961 Québec  Canada
13. IFMC 24-29 July 1960 Vienna  Austria
12. IFMC 11-17 August 1959 Sinaia & Bucharest  Romania
11. IFMC 28 Jul - 3 August 1958 Liège  Belgium
10. IFMC 22-27 August 1957 Copenhagen  Denmark
9. IFMC 25-31 July 1956 Trossingen & Stuttgart
8. IFMC 29 June - 5 July 1955 Oslo  Norway
7. IFMC 16-22 August 1954 São Paulo  Brazil
6. IFMC 9-15 July 1953 Biarritz  France &
Pamplona  Spain
5. IFMC 14-19 July 1952 London  United Kingdom
4. IFMC 8-14 September 1951 Opatija  Yugoslavia Unions of Societies for Culture and Education of Yugoslavia.
3. IFMC 17-21 July 1950 Bloomington  United States
2. IFMC 7-11 September 1949 Venice  Italy Ente Nazionale Assistenza Lavoratori — Comitato Italiano Arti e Tradizioni Popolari
1. IFMC 13-18 September 1948 Basel   Switzerland Société Suisse des Traditions Populaires and the Fédération des Costumes Suisses


  • Yearbook for Traditional Music (originally known as the Journal of the International Folk Music Council from 1949–1958)
  • Bulletin of the ICTM (originally known as Bulletin of the IFMC)

World Network

The Council is represented by individuals, called Liaison Officers, and representatives of organisations, called National and Regional Committees. They all act as links between the Council and the community of individuals and organizations involved with traditional music and dance in their country or region.

As of August 2017, the International Council for Traditional Music is officially represented in 128 countries or regions[4].



External links

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