By Alykhan A, Consultant at Aga Khan Development Network
Working for the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Central Asia, an apex agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has, and continues to be one of the most transformative experiences of my life. The pace of the work often keeps my mind (and heart) focused on the project(s) at hand. This makes it all too easy to forget that the AKDN is involved in so many incredible initiatives around the globe. In this inaugural LinkedIn post, I’ll be highlighting 5 of the amazing ways the Aga Khan Development Network (in 2018), through its many agencies, is improving the quality of life of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture announces new global prize for music
“The Aga Khan Music Awards will aspire to fill a unique cultural role,” said His Highness the Aga Khan in a speech given in Geneva, Switzerland in March 2018. The Awards, which come with US$ 500,000 in prizes, focuses on the constellation of devotional music and poetry, of indigenous classical music, traditional folk music, and tradition-inspired contemporary music that has flourished in cultures shaped by Islam. Recognizing exceptional creativity and enterprise in music performance, creation, education, preservation and revitalization in societies across the world speaks to the strengthening of pluralism and the cosmopolitan ethic that underpins the work of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the AKDN. The Aga Khan Music Awards will be governed by a steering committee co-chaired by His Highness the Aga Khan and his brother Prince Amyn Aga Khan, and will be administered by the Aga Khan Music Initiative.
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