The International Study Group on Music Archaeology

The ISGMA has been founded by Ellen Hickmann and Ricardo Eichmann in 1998. The Study Group emerged from the ICTM Study Group on Music Archaeology with the objective to obtain closer cooperation with archaeologists, and the new group was named the International Study Group on Music Archaeology (ISGMA). Since then, the ISGMA has worked continuously with the German Archaeological Institute, Berlin (DAI, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Berlin).

A new series called "Studien zur Musikarchäologie" was created as a sub-series of "Orient-Archäologie" to present the conference reports of the ISGMA, and to integrate music-archaeological monographs independent of the Study Group's meetings; it is published by the Orient Department of the DAI through the Verlag Marie Leidorf.

Between 1998 and 2004, conferences of ISGMA were held every two years at Michaelstein Monastery, Music Academy of Sachsen-Anhalt (Kloster Michaelstein, Landesmusikakademie Sachsen-Anhalt), sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

In close cooperation with the Department for Ethnomusicology at the Ethnological Museum Berlin (Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, SMB SPK, Abteilung Musikethnologie, Medien-Technik und Berliner Phonogramm-Archiv), the 5th and 6th Symposium of the ISGMA were held in 2006 respectively in 2008 at the Ethnological Museum Berlin.
In cooperation with the Tianjin Conservatory of Music , the 7th Symposium of the ISGMA was held 2010 in Tianjin, China, in 2010. The 8th Symposium of the ISGMA two was also held in China, in Suzhou at the Renmin University of China and Beijing. The 9th Symposium of the ISGMA was held in Berlin again. The 10th Symposium of the ISGMA will take place 21st - 26th of October 2016 in Wuhan, China.

A new era begun in 2013, when the European Music Archaeology Project (EMAP) was founded by a set of researchers, including several members of the ISGMA. The ISGMA is associated partner to the project, as reflected in the EMAP panels on the ISGMA conference in September 2014. The EMAP is supported with 2 Million Euro by the Culture Programme 2007-2013 of the EU, managed by the EACEA. The project aims to highlight Europe's ancient cultural roots from the musical, instrumental and “sensorial” perspectives. Among its outcome is a touring exhibition and performance program on ancient musics, to be seen and heard in various European countries between 2016 and 2018.