About Ethno Research – Ethno Research
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About Ethno Research

Purpose Statement

The purpose of Ethno Research is to explore the hypothesis that Ethno music camps provide transformational sociocultural and musical significances for those that engage in its activities. Against a framework through which the phenomenon of Ethno-World can be historically and contemporary understood, three distinct lines of enquiry guide us: (1) pedagogy and professional development, (2) experience, and (3) reverberations. Seeking to inform those with responsibilities for Ethno-World and, more broadly, cultural policy decision makers, community development leaders, music educators, potential funding organisations, and aspiring musicians, Ethno Research will respond to three overarching questions: In what ways can the growth and development of Ethno-World be understood as an historical socio-cultural phenomenon? What are Ethno-World’s stated and unstated tenets and to what extent are these enacted in its activities? What is the nature and significance of the Ethno experience for participants and non-participants?


Ethno is JM International’s program for folk, world and traditional music, aimed at young musicians (13-30). Founded in 1990 in Falun, Sweden, Ethno’s mission is to revive, invigorate and disseminate our global traditional musical heritage. Today Ethno is present in over 20 countries, running a series of annual international music camps, workshops and concerts that promote peace, tolerance and understanding.

A three-year project made possible through a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, aims to bolster the program’s impact, outreaching more young musicians worldwide, strengthening the program’s organizational capacity and bringing greater attention to the vital work being done through Ethno.

At the core of Ethno lies its democratic peer-to-peer learning approach, where young musicians teach each other the music from their countries and cultures. This non-formal pedagogy provides a unique opportunity for young people from across the globe to come together and engage through music, in a manner characterized by respect, generosity and openness.

The project has five distinct pillars:

Ethno Mobility – An average of 100 young musicians annually will receive a full scholarship to attend various Ethnos around the world, covering their flights, transport, food, accommodation and participation;

Ethno Research – A 3-year Ethno research project will be carried out by the International Centre for Community Music based in York St John University in the UK. The study will focus on the impact that Ethno has had on the lives of young musicians, personally and professionally, over the past 30 years;

Ethno USA – The establishment of the first-ever Ethno on US soil. Beginning with stakeholders meeting in 2019, followed by Ethno USA in 2020 and 2021 in the Midwest, bringing the world to the USA and the diversity of the USA to the world;

Ethno Organizers Annual Training – A peer-2-peer annual training for all organizers of the Ethno program, strengthening and building capacity amongst organizers, sharing best practices and creating a more sustainable program together;

Ethno Organizational Support – An investment into the human and material resources needed to carry out the Ethno program, and ensuring that Ethno’s outreach and impact only continues to grow and reach more and more people world-wide

“This new development to the Ethno program is set to broaden the cultural horizons of many young people, and in a time when the world is in increased need of open, respectful dialogue between its peoples and nations. What better way could there be, than through our universal language – music.”

From the Ethno World