Music Archive JAPASafe and sound for 25 years
Music Archive JAPA collects, preserves and provides access to materials relating to Finnish popular music and its history. Most of the items have been donated by musicians, people working in the music business, collectors, fans and other music friends. The collection – totalling 523 shelf meters – features recordings, video tapes, photographs, interviews, hand-written and printed sheet music, correspondence, books, music papers, memorabilia and business agreements.
The JAPA collection covers a significant part of Finnish music history and cultural heritage. Much of the material has never been commercially released, including 5,800 hours of unpublished recordings.
Music Archive JAPA is a scholarly centre in support of research and teaching. We provide information services, surveys of popular music and other material such as sound recordings. In 2014–2018 JAPA hosts the research project Music, Multiculturality and Finland, lead by Academy Research Fellow Antti-Ville Kärjä.
We are an expert on digitization and digital preservation. We maintain the national internet service Digiwiki and coordinate Äänistö (“Soundboard”) in a collaborative effort to make collections of Finnish sound archives open-access.
Our travelling exhibition “The Swinging History of Finnish Jazz” has toured Finland and abroad since 1999. We also arrange concerts and commemorative events, and administer the Erik Lindström Fund that supports young musicians.
Music Archive JAPA is based in Helsinki, in the district of Sörnäinen. With two employees, the archive is supported by the Ministry of Education and Culture and also relies on membership fees, JAPA publications, City of Helsinki and project funding. Established in 1990, Music Archive JAPA is a private archive that seeks no financial benefit.