The Global Music Centre is an institute with the key task of collating, recording and distributing information about global music culture. The principal aim is to increase the understanding of individual and group values in different types of music, amongst listeners, musicians and researchers, and to expand awareness of the importance of music as a form of communication and as something which strengthens identity. Equality and respect for others form the basis for the ideals on which the institute operates.
The Global Music Centre is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The institute was founded in 1979.
The Global Music Centre aims to reach its goals through research activities, education, and development and consultancy work, coupled with the organisation of musical events, worldwide publicity, and the production of recordings and other publications. The institute library and archives cover the five continents of the world and are sources of information that are open to all.