Since its formal foundation in 1975, MAMU has attracted more than $4 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding and other grants, undertaking a range of field-based research projects focusing on the music-cultures of Indonesia and India, Asian and Australian Jewish cultures, Youth Orchestras (especially the Australian Youth Orchestra) and historical European music studies.
The current ARC-funded team project (2016-2021) led by MAMU’s Director, Professor Margaret Kartomi is titled:
- “The Revitalisation and Sustainability of the Musical Arts of the Indigenous People of Lampung in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia”, involving Professor Margaret Kartomi, Associate Professor Bart Barendregt (Leiden University), Dr Rina Martiara (STSI Yogyakarta) and Dr Karen Thomas (Monash University).
This project includes the forthcoming International Conference and Cultural Event (ICCE) of Lampung, to be held on 15-17 December 2020, or on 3-5 June 2021, depending on the covid-19.
The previous ARC-funded team project (2013-2016) was titled:
- “The Changing Identity of the Musical Arts of the Sea Nomads and Settled Malays in the Riau Islands". It led to MAMU's organising the first International Conference on the Performing Arts of the Riau Islands in 2013, location: Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia, and a second International Conference on the same topic in 2015 at Monash University, Melbourne, and to the publication of the multi-authored book titled: Performing the Arts of Indonesia: Malay Identity and Politics in the Music, Dance and Theatre of the Riau Islands (ed. Margaret Kartomi, Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2019)
Dr Adrian McNeil has been researching the rare Rajah Sir Sourindra Tagore Collections of 1890s Indian musical instruments, a set of which is housed in MAMU.