The Institute for Multi-Cultural Music Studies is an independent foundation
based in the Netherlands with the aim of furthering the study of traditional
musical genres and their performance context worldwide. In that way the institute
wants to contribute to the science Jaap Kunst coined ethnomusicology and to
the recognition of the importance and value of cultural diversity.
The institute has its own research programme and functions as a production
and publishing house be it in print, online or by using the audiovisual media.
The institute was founded in 1999 by Fred
Gales and Rein Spoorman as a non-profit
organisation under the Dutch law.
The focus of the institute is on the study
of the musical inheritance of the former Dutch colonies in the Netherlands
and the development of ethnomusicology in the Netherlands.