Global Music Vault
'OUR Nations' 2021/22
Our first call out to the global music world to unite in safeguarding the most important cultural and heritage music.
Music that has shaped our nations, inspired our cultures, is a part of our DNA, and unites this world, is now in danger of being lost forever.
The Global Music Vault invites the leaders, the organisations and associations and others from all nations to come together in preservation and celebration.
We have developed a dedicated program to this greater cause. To contribute and learn more click here
The Global Music Vault is set deep inside an arctic mountain in far north Norway, on the Svalbard archipelago. Svalbard is a declared demilitarised zone by 42 nations.
The safety, security and remoteness made it a perfect choice for an archive of such valuable information. Further, the cool, dry permafrost conditions increase the longevity of the stored data.
Designed to withstand natural and man-made disasters, in the safest location on earth, data stored here will last for centuries.
Much of our heritage is stored digitally and, despite best efforts to protect it for the future, it can be exposed to risks, either from the online environment or just from the limits of modern storage technology.
The combination of resilient long-term storage technology and the remote, safe and cold conditions found on Svalbard, enables data to live on into the distant future.
Beginning in 2021, indigenous music from every nation around the world will be the first to be deposited to the vault.
The technology used to store the data is as important as the music itself. Most digital storage mediums have a limited lifetime, and hardware, software and file formats become obsolete as technology evolves.
The purpose-built digital medium can last for over 1000 years in the vault with guaranteed future accessibility. The storage medium,, is futureproof and technology independent, so no matter how much time has passed and how technology has evolved, the data will still be accessible.
The technology can withstand extreme electromagnetic exposure and has undergone extensive longevity and accessibility testing.