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Center for World Music

Old Gamelan at Klungkung

It is music and dancing that makes me at peace with the world,
and at peace with myself.
--Nelson Mandela

Welcome. The Center for World Music is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to foster awareness and understanding of the world's performing arts traditions through study abroad programs, teaching, and performance.

The Center sponsors educational programs abroad opportunities in diverse areas of the world: hands-on music and dance workshops and cultural tours to such destinations as Indonesia, Ghana, Turkey, Mexico, and Peru.

World Music in the Schools

In 1999 the Center created a unique world music in the schools program in San Diego city and county. For its schools program, the Center currently maintains a roster of 30 native and native-trained artist-teachers and 18 ensembles-in-residence.


The Center presents 4 types of concert series (public, participatory, house, and international) as well as several performing arts festivals of traditional music and dance from around the world, featuring distinguished San Diego artists, visiting international artists, and artist-teachers in residence from Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

For information about internships and apprenticeships contact Executive Director John Gabriel.

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The Center for World Music receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, County of San Diego, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, San Diego County Employees' Charitable Organization, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Gould Family Foundation, and Las Patronas. Recent Center projects have also been supported by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Asian Cultural Council, PARSA Community Foundation, The Parker Foundation, Union Bank, and Weingart Foundation.

Modified May 17, 2014