Central location of the project is the Institute for Musicology at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (Münster). Here, the main (ethno)musicological tasks of the project as well as the textual edition of the manuscripts are carried out, and other tasks undertaken by associates in Bonn and Istanbul are organisationally supervised. 

In Münster, Dr. Salah Eddin Maraqa , Ersin Mıhçı and Jacob Olley undertake the transcription and critical editing of nineteenth-century sources of Ottoman music under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ralf Martin Jäger, assisted by Zeynep Helvacı.

The editions will make a large corpus of material internationally available to researchers and performers. The editing process, organized in two phases, is made up of several complementary stages, wich are described in detail in the Project Description.

Besides a large corpus of instrumental works, the sources contain hundreds of vocal pieces with both melodic and textual dimensions. In parallel with the critical edition of music manuscripts, the CMO project will therefore publish editions of the accompanying song texts in collaboration with the Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Münster. Dr. Malek Sharif is entrusted with this task.