The FFTMC is a co-operative network of institutions and individuals who maintain publicly-accessible collections of materials or support research relating to folk and traditional music, in Britain and Ireland.
Its primary role is to provide a framework for communication, co-operation, coordination, and support between the member institutions, for mutual benefit and to help enhance their service to the communities for which they cater.
‘Folk music’ includes both song and instrumental music, but also closely related fields such as dance, children’s folklore, and other genres of traditional culture which have a musical element.
Folk music is a key component of the shared intangible heritage of communities, large and small. It exists primarily in the personal and local, but is also evident at regional, national, and even international levels.
Like all heritage, it is rooted in the past, but makes a vital contribution to the present, and therefore the future.