October 31, 2014
In 2008, 21C Media Group began collaborating with Google on a new worldwide initiative to promote talent around the world and raise visibility for high-quality content on YouTube. The result was the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which revolutionized the online audition process and the use of visuals and projections in concert performances.
After the Taliban outlawed music in Afghanistan, its history and traditional performance practices were in danger of being forgotten. When the political climate improved, Dr. Ahmad Sarmast founded the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, with the aim of instructing students in both Afghan and Western musical traditions.