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Aga Khan Music Initiative
The Aga Khan Music Initiative (AKMI) was created to support the efforts of talented musicians and music educators to sustain, further develop and transmit musical traditions that are a vital part of their cultural heritage. The Music Initiative was launched in response to the critical need in post- Soviet Central Asia, which included a lack of resources and knowledge to develop the artistic traditions that validate and sustain the local identities and cultural heritage of the region. Among its activities, the Music Initiative identifies and supports outstanding musical talent, cultivates new approaches to musical performance and pedagogy, documents and disseminates the work of leading musical tradition-bearers, nurtures collaborations among musicians from different parts of Central Eurasia and beyond, and helps talented artists reformulate traditional music in contemporary languages of art.