Aga Khan Music Initiative
Aga Khan Development Network
 

About AKMI

Among the traditional arts of Central Asia, music occupies a unique place, for it has been at once a means of expressing social identity, preserving spiritual practices and beliefs.
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The Aga Khan Music Initiative

Music and musicians have historically played a vital role in the cultures of Central Eurasia and the Middle East. Music traditionally has served not only as entertainment, but as a way to reinforce social and moral values.

Musicians have provided models of exemplary leadership, whether by bringing listeners closer to God, sustaining cultural memory through epic tales, or strengthening the bonds of community through festivity and celebration.

The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) was created by His Highness the Aga Khan in 2000 to support the efforts of Central Asian musicians and communities to sustain, further develop and transmit these important musical traditions. Find out more