The Centre for Arab and Mediterranean Music (CAMM) is an institution operating under the authority of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs. It was established on 20 December 1991and its statutes were enacted in October 1994. With its dual Arab and Mediterranean dimensions the CAMM was designed to serve both as a museum space and as an institution devoted to activities related to the promotion of musical heritage. The CAMM is housed in the prestigious Ennejma Ezzahra Palace, a substantial residence built by Baron Rodolphe d’Erlanger between 1912 and 1922, on the hillside below the village of Sidi Bou Said, 17 km north of Tunis. In addition to the departments devoted to the Promotion of musical activities and to Studies and Research, the CAMM houses the National Sound Archive, a key component whose mandate is to collect Tunisian and Arab musical heritage for the purpose of conserving, disseminating and making it available to researchers in the field of music.