In response to increased focus on the protection of intangible cultural heritage across the world, Music Endangerment offers a new practical approach to assessing, advocating, and assisting the sustainability of musical genres. Drawing upon relevant ethnomusicological research on globalization and musical diversity, musical change, music revivals, and ecological models for sustainability, author Catherine Grant systematically critiques strategies that are
currently employed to support endangered musics. She then constructs a comparative framework between language and music, adapting and applying the measures of language endangerment as developed by UNESCO, in order to identify ways in which language maintenance might (and might not) illuminate new pathways to
keeping these musics strong. Grant's work presents the first in-depth, standardized, replicable tool for gauging the level of vitality of music genres, providing an invaluable resource for the creation and maintenance of international cultural policy. It will enable those working in the field to effectively demonstrate the degree to which outside intervention could be of tangible benefit to communities whose musical practices are under threat. Significant for both its insight and its utility,
Music Endangerment is an important contribution to the growing field of applied ethnomusicology, and will help secure the continued diversity of our global musical traditions.
Catherine Grant is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Creative Arts, University of Newcastle, Australia. Grant's academic publications relating to music endangerment include articles in the International Journal of Intangible Heritage, the International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, and the entry on 'Music Sustainability' in Oxford Bibliographies Online. She has presented widely on the topic of music endangerment and vitality, including at conferences and symposia in Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship by the Australian Academy of the Humanities to continue her research into endangered Cambodian musical traditions
Contents ; ABOUT THE COMPANION WEBSITE ; FOREWORD ; PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION ; The problem of music endangerment ; Bringing languages into the picture ; Why music endangerment matters ; Troublesome terminology ; Some ethical considerations ; 1. WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE'VE DONE ; 1.1 Theoretical foundations ; 1.2 Documentation and preservation ; 1.3 Recognition and celebration ; 1.4 Transmission and dissemination ; 1.5 Policy and enterprise ; 1.6 Coordinating and evaluation mechanisms ; 1.7 Conclusions ; 2. LANGUAGE AND MUSIC VITALITY: A COMPARATIVE FRAMEWORK ; 2.1 Systems of learning music ; 2.2 Musicians and communities ; 2.3 Contexts and constructs ; 2.4 Infrastructure and regulations ; 2.5 Media and the music industry ; 2.6 Conclusions ; 3. LEARNING FROM LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE ; 3.1 Dead or alive? Identifying and assessing music endangerment ; 3.2 Developing advocacy for music sustainability ; 3.3 Developing maintenance and revitalization strategies ; 3.4 Reflecting on aims and outcomes of strategies ; 3.5 Developing coordinating mechanisms ; 3.6 Conclusions ; 4. HOW TO IDENTIFY AND ASSESS ENDANGERMENT ; 4.1 Modifying the language framework ; 4.2 Building a new framework for music ; 4.3 Conclusions ; 5. MEASURING UP: PUTTING THE FRAMEWORK TO WORK ; 5.1 A short history of ca tru ; 5.2 Carrying out the vitality assessment ; 5.3 A vitality assessment of ca tru ; 5.4 Conclusions ; 6. WHERE TO FROM HERE? ; 6.1 Taking stock: A brief summary ; 6.2 Next steps in practical terms ; 6.3 Next steps in research terms ; 6.4 Closing words ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX