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Welcome to World Music Institute

Founded in 1985 as a not-for-profit, World Music Institute (WMI) has served as one of the leading presenters of world music and dance within the United States. WMI is committed to presenting the best in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world to enrich lives through the arts, promote awareness and appreciation of the world’s rich cultural traditions, and encourage cross-cultural dialogue and exchange. WMI presents virtually and at venues throughout the city of New York and depends on public and private funding to accomplish its mission.

For Group, Student, and Senior discounts, please contact us at 212-545-7536 Ext. 1 or at

Upcoming Events

SOLD OUT: Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Night 1

Pioneer Works

Thu, May 25 – 8 PM

Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo Night 2

(le) poisson rouge

Fri, May 26 – 8 PM

Kiran Ahluwalia w/ Yacouba Sissoko

Flushing Town Hall

Sat, Jun 3 – 8 PM

Yasser Tejeda x DJ Sabine Blaizin

Harlem Stage

Thu, Jun 8 – 8 PM


BAM Café Live – FREE Event

Fri, Jun 9 – 9 PM

Endea Owens

BAM Café Live – FREE Event

Sat, Jun 10 – 9 PM

WMI Plus At Home with Mehrnam Rastegari

Free Virtual Event

Mon, June 12 – 6 PM

Arthur Verocai – JAZZ ESTÁ MORTO

Lincoln Center / Damrosch Park Bandshell

NEW SEASON: ’23 – ’24

Fri, Aug 11 – 7 PM

Love In Exile with Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily

The Town Hall

Thu, Sep 14 – 8 PM

Anoushka Shankar

Pioneer Works

Sat, Oct 7 – 7 PM