Since its formal foundation in 1975, MAMU has attracted more than $4 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding and other grants, undertaking a range of field-based research projects focusing on the music-cultures of Indonesia and India, Asian and Australian Jewish cultures, Youth Orchestras (especially the Australian Youth Orchestra) and historical European music studies.

Examples of recent ARC-funded team projects led by MAMU’s Director, Professor Margaret Kartomi include:

  • “From Muslim Devotions to Global Niveau: the Art of Body Percussion Music as Expression of the Cultural Memory in Aceh and the Diasporas” 
  • “The Changing Identity of the Musical Arts of the Sea Nomads and Settled Malays in the Riau Islands," upon which the team have prepared a book for publication titled Space, Place, Memory Codes and Iconic Identity of the Musical Arts of the Riau Islands, Indonesia.

The MAMU team’s current research project is titled “The Revitalisation and Sustainability of the Musical Arts of the Indigenous People of Lampung in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia” (2016-2019), involving Professor Margaret Kartomi, Associate Professor Bart Barendregt (Leiden University), Dr Rina Martiara (STSI Yogyakarta) and Dr Karen Thomas (Monash University).

Dr Adrian McNeil has been researching the rare Rajah Sir Sourindra Tagore Collections of 1890s Indian musical instruments, one set of which is housed in MAMU.