‘Folk music today and tomorrow’ outlines a potential framework for the future of folk music. Folk music operates on a number of circuits, both local and global. This has given rise to a microindustry which regulates quality but increases homogeneity. Transnational organizations such as UNESCO and WIPO aim to protect the makers of folk music in different ways. UNESCO aims to standardize the cultural heritages of the world to ensure continuity, whereas WIPO aims to protect musicians property rights and aid development. Musicians and music lovers continue to move. This can introduce new flavours to folk music styles, or strengthen the resolve of musicians to protect their musical tradition.