The First Nations Composer Initiative is dedicated to the creation and promotion of American Indian music and musical traditions in all of its forms. By increasing awareness of and exposure to the wide diversity of musical traditions and genres within the American Indian, Alaskan Native and Hawaiian Native communities, FNCI serves to widen the audience for composers and performers. Within this scope of service FNCI is also committed to the education of our youth and in the diversity of opportunities for their work.
Statement of Intent
We support the creative spirit of American Indian peoples, both in the continued development of all the art forms and in the preservation of the traditional and contemporary artistic legacy.
We commit to governance based on the principles of American Indian self-determination.
We accept our cultural responsibility to the seventh generation.
We honor the wisdom and teaching of our elders.
We acknowledge our relations and the interconnectedness of life.
We respect the sacred and social aspects of Native American culture.