The International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA) was founded in 1997 to promote interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry devoted to the relations between literature/verbal texts and music.
The WMA aims to coordinate the manifold activities in the field and to provide an international forum for musicologists and literary scholars with interest in intermediality studies, crossing cultural boundaries and expanding traditional disciplinary categories.
The central activities of the association are biennially-held conferences (1997 Graz, 1999 Ann Arbor/MI, 2001 Sydney/NSW, 2003 Berlin, 2005 Santa Barbara/CA, 2007 Edinburgh, 2009 Vienna, 2011 Santa Fe/NM, 2013 London, 2015 New York/NY, 2017 Stockholm, 2019 Graz, 2023 Munich)
and the publication of the book series, Word and Music Studies (WMS), published by Brill/Rodopi, of which as yet 19 volumes have been released.
The registered office for the WMA is located in Graz, Austria.