The purpose of Ethno Research is to explore the hypothesis that Ethno music camps provide transformational socio-cultural 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:
- pedagogy and professional development,
- experience, and
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 a 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.
The three-year research project is made possible through a grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, as part of a wider programme of development for Ethno-World.