The project

This 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.

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 over 100 music genres from all around the world.

Another aim of the project is to promote awareness and understanding of the phenomenon of music endangerment.

The project was undertaken as part of a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Newcastle, Australia, with the international collaboration of over 80 musicians, community members, and music researchers across Asia, Africa, North and South America, Europe, and Australia.