The very first International Institute of World Music (IIWM) was created in the Southern French city of Aubagne in 2016. Its aim is to become a leading-edge center in terms of education, training, research, publication, programming, production and dissemination of music.

In 2017, 20 master-classes and 7 school curricula will take place at the IIWM and at the Conservatory of Aubagne. Each session will be followed by concerts and conferences.