The Irama Nusantara Foundation is raising funds to help it continue its work in preserving and archiving data and information on Indonesian popular music.

As of the time of writing, Irama Nusantara had collected Rp 55,792,542 (US$3,895), surpassing its target of Rp 50 million on crowdfunding platform

The foundation started the initiative in 2013 to archive Indonesian popular music records from the 1950s, which are available on its website.

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On Twitter, Irama Nusantara said it planned to digitize cassette tapes this year, as they were once the most popular means of listening to music in the country. Other plans include publishing a book and holding an archive exhibition.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the foundation to cancel its planned workshops and programs. The work-from-home arrangement has also hindered its work, along with its dwindling financial resources. Currently, the foundation is only able to focus on digital restoration, sprucing up its catalog system and transcribing song lyrics. 

Irama Nusantara was initiated by Toma Avianda, Mayumi Haryoto, Alvin Yunata, Chris Priyonugroho and David Tarigan. (gis/wng)




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