Taiwan Music Institute

About TMI

Taiwan Music Institute (TMI), established on May 20, 2012, is a branch of the National Center for Traditional Arts. Inheriting the mission of the Research Institute of Musical Heritage founded in 2002 and Taiwan Music Center founded in April 2008, TMI preserves and publicizes a broader range of music through a variety of forms. TMI is equipped with a library (Taiwan Music Institute Library, TMIL), bringing together a richness of resources about Taiwanese, Asian, and world music. TMIL holds collections of folk music, narrative singing , theatrical music, traditional instrumental music, dance music, ritual music, and Taiwanese contemporary art music .



Location and Architecture

TMI is easily accessible, located in Zhongzheng District at the center of Taipei City, near Huashan 1914 Creative Park and the national government administrative areas . The TMI building was built in February 1959 originally for agricultural use and was once the Taipei office of the Taiwan Provincial Government's Food Department. To preserve its historical architecture, the current TMI enhanced the building's two-story brick structure and makes use of its original interior spaces. Approximately 600 square meters, the interior of the building is divided into a multimedia room, a conference room, a special collections room, and book storage on the first floor, and TMI Library and Archive, reading and research areas, and the administrative office on the second floor. The building is surrounded by a pond with running water and bamboo groves, representing the merging of nature, music, and humanity. During weekends the outdoor space is also used as a performance venue.



TMI's main missions are:

(1) Integrating music resources:

TMI has the main nationwide archive on the music of Taiwan, providing rich resources on Taiwanese music. The collections include video and audio documents, such as LPs, CDs, and DVs, and paper documents, such as books, scores, manuscripts, and other literature. Although collecting first-hand resources is the priority, TMI gathers digital files and publications as well. It also works to professionally preserve and publicize the documents.

(2)Managing music resources:

•  Integrating music and technology, enhancing the collections' automatic management system, constructing a database of music documents, and promoting information integration.

•  Improving digital data collecting and management, and information integration; and constructing, maintaining, documenting, and exhibiting the archived music data.

•  Constructing the Taiwan Music database, improving facility for digital archives, providing a digital tour guidance system, and offering a platform for music interaction.

•  Promoting digital music interaction, and constructing platform for digital music network.

•  Providing advanced training for data digitalization and cultivating specialists in digital music .

(3)  Publicizing music resources:

•  Providing opportunities for music performance; preserving and publicizing music performances and compositions.

•  Assisting musicians and ensembles in the preservation of musical skills; and supporting the preservation and revival of music traditions.

•  Providing specialists at Taiwan's music conservatories and colleges with fellowships for their performances of newly composed ethnic music; hosting competitions and a “Composition Prize for Ethnic Music” in order to encourage new works.

•  Hosting conferences and forums; publishing Taiwan Traditional Music Yearbook and compilations of Taiwan's music resources, and so on, for the purpose of information exchange.