Taiwan Music Institute
History

In view of the need for an institute dedicated to preserving and researching ethnic musics, the Council for Cultural Affairs (CCA, precursor to the Ministry of Culture) set up the Preparatory Team of the Center for Ethnic Music in 1990. This team was responsible for preparing needed facilities and equipment. After several policy changes based on institutional transformations of the Executive Yuan, the 2002 Research Institute of Ethnic Music became the current Taiwan Music Institute. Following is a brief history:

 

Timeline

Historical Events

04.14.1990

The Executive Yuan announced the “Cultural Construction Program,” planning to found a national institute for preserving and researching ethnic music.

01.31.1991

The Executive Yuan passed “The Six-Year National Development Plan” with instructions to found the Center for Ethnic Music. This was suspended due to its time conflict with the land acquisition of Taipei's Jhongshan Park and the relocation of Songshan Tobacco Plant. The Executive Yuan then advised searching for other possible location.

  08.20.1993

The Zhonghe City Office in Taipei county agreed to freely provide a site in its No. 4 Park for the construction of the Center for Ethnic Music.

01.10.1994

LIAN Chan, president of the Executive Yuan, announced in the memorial-month meeting of the prime minister “twelve construction projects,” which included the “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan.”

06.30.1994

The Council for Cultural Affairs reported the revised “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan” for further verification from the Executive Yuan.

10.03.1994

The Executive Yuan advised that the “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan” should be executed in the form of a non-profit corporation and in an economical way, and should be carefully revised and then re-reported to the Executive Yuan.

12.06.1994

LEE Hou-kao, Secretary-General of the Executive Yuan, advised that “The Relocation Plan of the National Central Library Taiwan Branch” should take the CCA's “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan” into account, by considering the nature, function, and park landscape requirements of each. The revision should be reported to the Executive Yuan.

01.27.1995

CHAO Shou-po, Secretary-General of the Executive Yuan, hosted a consultative conference, inviting the Ministry of Education and the CCA to discuss the integration of “The Relocation Plan of the National Central Library Taiwan Branch and the Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan.” They passed resolutions including the CCA's agreement to delegate this plan to the Ministry of Education and the Center's reorientation as a branch of the CCA, in which it would be government-owned but privately operated by a non-profit corporation after its completion.

10.16.1995

The CCA requested the Zhonghe City Office in Taipei county to provide a site in its No. 4 Park for free for the construction of the Center for Ethnic Music.

11.17.1995

The Zhonghe City Office replied that once the Executive Yuan verifies the plan, the office will agree to the land plan.

03.28.1996

The CCA and the Ministry of Education completed the integration report and reported to the Executive Yuan.

05.15.1996

The Council for Economic Planning and Development hosted a consultative conference discussing “The Relocation Plan of the National Central Library Taiwan Branch and the Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan.” It reached an agreement that the locations of the two buildings should be reconsidered in order to integrate resources and that the construction expense should be reinvestigated.

05.29.1996

The Council for Economic Planning and Development hosted a committee meeting. Some committee members questioned the large size of the National Central Library Taiwan Branch, requesting the CCA and the Ministry of Education to communicate more to reach an agreement. In addition, they also advised that the revised plan should be reported to the committee for further review. However, important committee members all supported the plan.

06.07.1996

The Council for Economic Planning and Development hosted the second consultative conference and passed the following resolutions: 1) the integration plan should take into consideration the urban park's function and landscape; 2) the two buildings should share and co-manage the underground parking lots; and 3) the CCA and the Ministry of Education should cooperate, announce the open tender, and set up a supervisory team.

06.27.1996

CHAO Shou-po, Secretary-General of the Executive Yuan, hosted a consultative conference. He advised setting up a supervisory cross-institute planning and construction team and appointed YANG Kuo-Shih, the Vice President of the Ministry of Education, and LIU Wann-Hong, Vice Director of the CCA, as the directors of the plan. This plan is to be listed as an important national development project and will be evaluated and traced.

07.03.1996

The Council for Economic Planning and Development hosted another conference for discussing the integration plan. It reported to the CCA that 1) this plan should be completed within four years; 2) the planning should take into consideration the park function, the size of the construction site, and the construction expense; and 3) after adjusting the plan and the budget, it should be reviewed by the Public Construction Commission of the Executive Yuan.

11.01.1996

The CCA traced the plan verification process in the Executive Yuan.

03.05.1996

CHAO Shou-po, Secretary-General of the Executive Yuan, advised that the CCA should consider whether the founding of the Center for Ethnic Music should follow the original plan. Additionally, after investigation and consideration from every perspective, the CCA should report to the Executive Yuan as soon as possible.

05.08.1996

The CCA completed the investigation and reported to the Executive Yuan. It decided to integrate the “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan” with the “National Center for Traditional Arts Plan” and would use the No. 4 Park site provided by Zhonghe city. If the land is not acquisitioned, another plan will be set up by the National Center for Traditional Arts, Yilan.

06.16.1997

The Executive Yuan advised that “The Relocation Plan of the National Central Library Taiwan Branch” should be executed first. In consideration of the public space and the possibility of founding the Center for Ethnic Music, the CCA should deliver a report on the advantages and disadvantages of the management plan in two months.

08.12.1997

The CCA completed “The Evaluation of the Center for Ethnic Music's Operations Management” and reported it to the Executive Yuan.

11.11.1997

The Executive Yuan reviewed “The Evaluation and Analysis Report of the Center for Ethnic Music's Operations Management” and advised the CCA:

(1) The founding of the Center for Ethnic Music has its necessity. It should focus on its research function.

(2) The function of the Center for Ethnic Music differs from that of the National Center for Traditional Arts; therefore the two plans should be executed separately.

(3) Management should be government-funded and privately-operated. After the completion of the Center's construction, the CCA should commission a non-profit corporation to operate the center.

(4) The CCA should undertake the process of land acquisition and revise the schedule, progress, and human resource requirements. This should be reported to the Executive Yuan.

02.13.1998

The CCA completed its revision of the plan and reported it to the Executive Yuan. The plan was rescheduled, with the completion of construction postponed from June 2000 to June 2002. In addition, the CCA requested that the Executive Yuan allow full-time staff to be contracted through the temporary-recruitment regulation.

04.21.1998

The Executive Yuan agreed, with conditions, to the CCA's “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan.” The plan would have to follow the resolutions given by the Council for Economic Planning and Development:

(1) The construction site of the Center for Ethnic Music is to be located in the No. 4 Park, Zhonghe city. The CCA should contact the Zhonghe City Office for free land acquisition and should undertake the project as soon as possible. If the land is not acquisitioned within six months, the CCA should assess the set-up plan and location.

(2) The allotted budget is to be within 20 billion dollars. This budget plan needs further verification from the Public Construction Commission.

(3) The planned fund to set up the non-profit corporation is 20 billion dollars. Considering the difficulty of government finance, the CCA should reduce the government's share down to two billion and raise funds from private corporations.

(4) During the planning phase, the task should be operated by assignment. Only a few professionals can be hired by contract. Other related tasks should be delegated to specific institutes or companies.

05.05.1998

The CCA requested the Zhonghe City Office to agree to its free land acquisition. The office replied on July 8 of the same year that, because of the long delay of the plan and the insufficiency of the district park percentage, the request is declined.

08.06.1998

The CCA headed to the Zhonghe City Office and hosted a land-use coordinating meeting for the “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan.” The CCA reported the following resolutions to the Executive Yuan: 1) the committee suggests relocating the Center's construction site to Jinghe Community Sports Park in Zhonghe city; and 2) the Zhonghe city government is requested to agree to the CCA's free land acquisition.

08.17.1998

CHANG You-Hui, General-Secretary of the Executive Yuan, advised that the Executive Yuan passed the resolutions to support the CCA's plan of relocation to Jinghe Community Sports Park, and to request the Zhonghe City Office to agree with the CCA's free land acquisition.

11.25.1998

Zhonghe City Office, according to the agreement of the city representative meeting, requested the CCA to provide a plan proposal and progress report to the city representative meeting for examination.

12.30.1998

The CCA reported to the Executive Yuan regarding postponing the due date for land acquisition by six months, and later received verification.

03.01.1999

The 3 rd Zhonghe city representative temporary meeting agreed to the CCA's free land acquisition of Jinghe Community Sports Park and requested the CCA to complete the construction within 3.5 years. Additionally, it was decided that the Zhonghe City Office will be allowed to participate in the overall planning and management, and that the finished Center would provide space for a local community center. The CCA should also hold a reception for all levels of local representatives to demonstrate and explain the project.

03.17.1999

The CCA reported the outlines and the personnel structure for the “Preparatory Office of the Center for Ethnic Music” to the Executive Yuan.

05.25.1999

The Executive Yuan verified the outlines and the personnel structure for the “Preparatory Office of the Center for Ethnic Music.” But staff recruitment should follow the personnel regulations.

07.29.1999

The chairperson of the CCA, LIN Cheng-Chi, hosted the reception for the “Preparatory Office of the Center for Ethnic Music,” inviting nationally-renowned figures to attend. The Preparatory Office officially opened.

06.15.2000

The CCA held a review meeting for the “Center for Ethnic Music Founding Plan,” in which the committee reached the resolutions: 1) to reorient the plan in line with the government policies of resource integration and structural simplification; and 2) to delay the construction of facilities and to instead emphasize cultural activities (such as ethnic music surveys, collection, research, preservation, and publicity).

01.11.2001

The CCA reported to the Executive Yuan the revised plan: to adjust its cultural policy, to delay construction, to combine the Center for Ethnic Music into the existing National Center for Traditional Arts, and to stop new construction.

03.09.2001

The Executive Yuan verified the CCA's revised plan of delaying the construction of facilities and combining the Center for Ethnic Music with the National Center for Traditional Arts.

10.22.2001

The Executive Yuan verified the revised “Temporary Organization Regulations of the National Center for Traditional Arts” and its institutional structure, and also verified the founding of the Research Institute of Ethnic Music, which would be responsible for the survey, collection, research, preservation, and publicity of ethnic music.

01.09.2001

The chairperson of the CCA, CHEN Yu-Hsiu, reported that: 1) the Preparatory Office of the Center for Ethnic Music is to be relocated to the second office of the Council of Agriculture, an old building located at No. 53, Ln. 31, Shaoxing N. St., Taipei; 2) the Ethnic Music Archive is set up as a model demonstrating “the policy of reusing old spaces”; and 3) the goal of the institute is to serve as a bastion for the study of Austronesian-language music, with a primary focus on the music of the Asia-Pacific region.

01.16.2002

The CCA announced the “Temporary Organization Regulations of the National Center for Traditional Arts,” and the official foundation of the Research Institute of Ethnic Music.

10.29.2003

Public opening of Ethnic Music Archive.

03.08.2004

Opening of the Preparatory Office of the National Headquarters for Taiwan Traditional Arts, consisting of five branches.

04.14.2008

Opening of Taiwan Music Center.

05.20.2012

  Due to the institutional transformations of the Executive Yuan, the Preparatory Office of the National Headquarters for Taiwan Traditional Arts is renamed National Center for Traditional Arts, and Taiwan Music Center is renamed Taiwan Music Institute.


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