The Global Music Centre is one of Finland’s musical institutions. Its key task is to collect record and distribute information about musical cultures from around the world. The Centre organizes training and musical events, produces sound recordings and other publications, supports links between other actors in the same field both in Finland and abroad, carries out development cooperation projects involving music, provides consultancy services, takes part in research activity and publishes information about news and events in the field of music. The Centre has its own library and archives which are open to all.

The Global Music Centre was founded in 1979 and until 1991 operated under the name the Institute of Workers´ Music. The Centre is maintained by a foundation of the same name, the Global Music Centre Foundation. GMC has three member organizations KSL Civic Association for Adult Learning, the Finnish Society for Ethnomusicology and the Finnish Society of Composers and Lyricists.

The Global Music Centre Foundation is allowed to accept donations and bequests.