Sustainable Futures for Music Cultures celebrates the cultural diversity of our planet. It acknowledges that there are serious challenges to many music cultures that are the result of recent changes in 'musical ecosystems'. It aims to identify ways to promote cultural diversity and ensure vibrant musical futures in line with those called for by organisations like UNESCO.
Sustainable Futures seeks to counteract the loss of music cultures by identifying the key factors in musical sustainability, and making this knowledge available to communities across the world. In this way it aims to empower communities to forge musical futures on their own terms.
Funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage Scheme as a five-year international collaboration (2009-2013), Sustainable Futures is the recipient of one of the biggest single grants for arts research in Australia, with a budget of more than AU$5 million.