The overall goal of the India-Norway Music Cooperation program is to strengthen the music sector and music education in India.

Through our local music partners in India, Kulturtanken – Arts for Young Audiences Norway -  work towards the following objectives:

* Improved opportunities for children and youth to participate in live music activities.
* Improved skills amongst Indian musicians and teachers in music education
* Improved communication skills towards children and youth amongst Indian musicians.
* Improved job opportunities for Indian musicians and sound engineers and increased capacity for cooperation, professionalism and quality among actors in the independent music sector in India.
* Enhance the ongoing cooperation between music actors in South Asia.

Some Examples from Kulturtanken’s Projects in India :
In partnership with Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SaPa), Kulturtanken provides free music lessons each week to 1,300 students from underprivileged families.

Through the voluntary movement Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth (SPIC MACAY) we work with teachers, music academies and summer camps in about 100 school programs annually and reaches out to over 20 000 children inIndia every year. Most of these children come from underprivileged families.

To strengthen the Music Sector in India, Kulturtanken works with competence building programs within the music sector, in cooperation with The Media Tribe. As a part of this collaboration Kulturtanken has initiated a Project to work for improved gender balance in the music field. Read more about our “Mumbai Sound Girls” here.

Facts about Music in India:
* Music Eduaction in Schools; Although music has been an integral part of Indian life since Vedic times, and consists of a strong musical heritage, teaching of music, is to A large extent organized by private educators. Most teaching happens informally and although many schools have allotted a music period in the time table, there is often a lack of good music teachers.  
* India – an emerging music market: India is a country with a population of over 1.2 billion, of which approximately 50% are below the age of 25 – a statistic that suggests a greater consumption of various forms of (especially new) music. It is reputed that India, within the next five years, will have comfortably secured itself a place on the Top 10 list of the world’s biggest music markets. 

History and background:
* The first cultural agreement between Norway and India was signed in 1961. Concerts Norway/Rikskonsertene started promoting Norwegian artists in India in the 1990s.

* In 2002, Concerts Norway signed a three-year contract with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for music exchange and development cooperation with India.

* This agreement was extended in 2004 and has been followed up with new contracts every fourth year (2004-2017).

*The India-Norway Program is conducted with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi.


Monica Larsson