The project explores the issue of the vitality and endangerment of music genres. It is a response to UNESCO’s ongoing call to protect and promote intangible expressions of culture across the globe.
The website includes an interactive map representing levels of vitality of 101 music genres from across the world, against the twelve factors of the “Music Vitality and Endangerment Framework”.
One aim of the project is to advance knowledge about music endangerment. It does this by gathering and making available data on the levels of vitality and viability of these 101 genres.
Another aim of the project is to promote awareness and understanding of the phenomenon of music endangerment.
The project was funded by a Joy Ingall Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with additional funding from the Australian Academy of the Humanities. It involved the international collaboration of over 80 musicians, community members, and music researchers across Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, and Australia.