The Aga Khan Music Initiative is an interregional music and arts education programme with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring and artistic production activities. The Initiative was launched by His Highness the Aga Khan to support talented musicians and music educators working to preserve, transmit and further develop their musical heritage in contemporary forms. [Visit the Aga Khan Music Initiative microsite].
The Music Initiative’s education activities include teaching and learning methodologies, teacher-training mechanisms, talent-support centres, and performance and artist-in-residence programmes that provide students an opportunity to experience the creative challenges of intercultural music making. Residencies and workshops featuring musicians from the Music Initiative’s artist roster are presented at many academic and cultural institutions throughout the world.More
The Music Initiative also supports exceptional artistic talent; promotes the revival of historical connections by organising creative collaborations among artistic communities; and disseminates results of this work through a global network of partnerships with educational institutions, arts presenters and music distributors. To this end, musicians in the Music Initiative’s artist roster participate in diverse kinds of performances that range from concerts of traditional repertory to contemporary expressions of tradition-based art to interregional collaborations that feature talented artists from different countries.
As such, the Aga Khan Music Initiative is both an interregional initiative with programmes in Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa and an arts education programme with worldwide performance, outreach, mentoring and artistic production activities. The Music Initiative began its work in Central Asia, with projects in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Afghanistan, and subsequently expanded its cultural development activities to include artistic communities throughout the globe.