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date: 14 May 2021

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Based in principles of social responsibility, applied ethnomusicology puts ethnomusicological knowledge to practical use through a music-centered intervention into a particular community, whose purpose is to benefit that community. Peripheral within ethnomusicology until the late 1970s, when ethnomusicology took a humanistic turn, and ethical considerations such as “giving back” and partnerships with musical communities became normal ethnomusicological practice, applied ethnomusicology moved from a marginal activity to its current place as a significant sub-discipline. Interpreted as practical extension of ethnomusicological research, it allows a given ethnomusicologist to decide whether or not to step beyond the usual goal of deepening and broadening knowledge in order to intervene into the researched human and cultural environment. Special attention is paid to the developments of applied ethnomusicology within the institutional frameworks of the Society of Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music.

Keywords: applied ethnomusicology, intervention, social responsibility, community partnership, practical use, Society for Ethnomusicology, International Council for Traditional Music, participatory research

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