Discover Musical Bows Online

An online resource for the appreciation of Bow Music Instrumentation in all it’s forms.

”The diversity of musical bow practices throughout the world conveys the richness and diversity of human cultures.”

Bow Music Foundation seeks to consolidate international cooperative networks that generate and organize opportunities for creative projects, performances, publications, research, and worldwide recognition for bow music and bow musicians. The organization makes the case for the often-marginalized people and the communities that produce this music. BMF offers a voice to the under-represented through a demonstrated respect for the musical artistry of individual musicians. The Foundation recognizes and builds upon the vast research compiled and organized by a wide body of scholars. It brings awareness to the excellent musicianship of many elder players in diverse cultures throughout southern Africa and more broadly throughout the world. Its regular conferences serve as the focal gathering for the worldwide network of bow enthusiasts, musicians, and researchers. The demonstrated success of the first Conference in 2016 represents a promising beginning to the realization of the goals stated herein.


  • UC-Davis Virtual Residency Concert this Thursday
    Arcomusical is bursting at the seems with excitement at this Thursday’s concert of six world premieres by a wonderful group of faculty and student composers at the University of California, Davis.
  • Musical Bows of Southern Africa book is out now
    Musical Bows of Southern Africa brings together current scholarly research that documents a rich regional diversity as well as cultural relationships in bow music knowledge and contemporary practices. The book is framed as a critical appraisal of traditional […]
  • Arcomusical support fund for bow musicians
    An extract from the Arcomusical newsletter