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American Musicological Society
The American Musicological Society's purpose is to advance scholarship in the various fields of music through research, learning, and teaching. To do this, it publishes a Journal, holds an Annual Meeting, supports books in musicology, and offers a broad array of grants, fellowships, and awards throughout the year.
Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world.
The Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University
An audiovisual archive that documents music and culture from all over the world. With over 100,000 recordings that include more than 2,700 field collections, it is one of the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, vocal and instrumental music, linguistic materials, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.
Association for Recorded Sound Collections
The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.
Berea College Archives and Special Collections
It is the primary purpose of the Special Collections & Archives to collect and make accessible to researchers materials relating to the history of Berea College, the Southern Appalachian region, and the Berea community. A secondary purpose of the department is to collect and preserve other selected historical materials that complement the department’s primary collecting focus and enhance the College’s liberal arts education
Birthplace of Country Music
The Birthplace of Country Music seeks to perpetuate, promote, and celebrate Bristol’s rich musical heritage; to educate and engage audiences worldwide regarding the history, impact and legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions from which we derive our name; and to create recognition, opportunities, and economic benefit for our local and regional communities.
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Since 1980, the Briscoe Center has actively built its music collections as part of its mission to document the historical experience of the American people. The center’s resources include over 50,000 commercial and field recordings, embracing every genre of music from traditional cowboy songs to hip–hop. The music collections also document the business activities of producers, record labels, and concert venues
International Bluegrass Music Museum
The mission of the International Bluegrass Music Museum is to gather, preserve, exhibit and disseminate artifacts, history, collections and performance art of the global history of bluegrass music through an educational experience.
Music Library & Bill Schurk Sound Archives
The Sound Recordings Archives was established by Sound Recordings Archivist William L. Schurk in 1967, to address the need for recorded sound among various academic departments at BGSU. The Sound Archives became a vital component of the Popular Culture Studies program at the University, collecting and preserving popular music to support teaching and research.
Center for Southern Folklore
"Celebrating the arts, music, and heritage of the South from the cultural crossroads of Memphis" is best served by enjoying, living and breathing the very things we are sworn to preserve and protect. We believe that by providing a platform for art, music, and culture we encourage its growth and evolution.
Center for Popular Music
The Center holds over one million items related to American vernacular music traditions, encompassing the full range of styles in popular music, folk and traditional music, sacred music, and community band music. The materials are wide-ranging and include, in part, early American sheet music, songsters, and broadsides; sound recordings in all formats; published scholarly books and periodicals; unique archival collections; multi-media digital collections; and databases.
Center for Texas Music History
Founded in 1999 by Gary Hartman and Gregg Andrews, the Center for Texas Music History works to document, preserve, and celebrate the diverse musical heritage of the Lone Star State. From the country jazz of Bob Wills’s western swing to the pioneering electric guitar of T-Bone Walker, from Narciso Martinez’s conjunto accordion to Lydia Mendoza’s heartbreak songs, from Janis Joplin’s wail to DJ Screw’s mix tapes, few states—perhaps no state—has had the impact that Texas has had in American music.
Country Music Association [United States]
CMA is dedicated to bringing the poetry and emotion of Country Music to the world. We will continue the tradition of leadership and professionalism, promoting the music, and recognizing excellence in all its forms. While fostering a spirit of community and sharing, we will respect and encourage creativity and the unique contributions of all. CMA will be a place to have fun and celebrate success. We will take risks, embrace change, and always exceed the expectations of those we serve.
Country Music Association of Australia
The CMAA is the peak organization for country music artists and related industries in Australia. Key activities include administration of the Golden Guitar Awards and the CMAA Sr Academy of Country Music and CMAA Jr Academy of Country Music.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum seeks to collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music. Through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum teaches its diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. digital archive: https://digi.countrymusichalloffame.org/
Country Queer is all about lifting up LGBTQ+ voices in the country and Americana community. Whether you’re a fan, artist, writer, photographer, or working on the business side, we’re here for you. We believe that country music culture needs to change, to start putting queer folks on an equal footing, and our mission is to help change it.
Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University has one of the most successful folklore programs in the United States. Western's Programs in Folk Studies place special emphasis on public folklore and the related areas of folklore and education and historic preservation.
International Bluegrass Music Association
IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving the songwriting legacy that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community. Its purpose is to educate, celebrate and archive the achievements and contributions made by members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to the world.
The National Museum of African American Music
MISSION: To educate the world, preserve the legacy and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack. VISION: The National Museum of African American Music is the premier global destination for music lovers of all generations that inspires, educates and transforms your appreciation of American music.
The Old-Time Herald
For 28 years the Old-Time Herald magazine has been dedicated to American old-time music, highlighting string band traditions of the Southeast and related traditions. This website includes links to back issues.
Society of American Music
The Society for American Music is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation, and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. As a scholarly, collegial, and inclusive organization, we serve a wide and diverse array of academics, librarians, composers, performers and members of the general public.
Studies of Networks and Genres through Data
The SongData Project explores the potential of using discographic and biographic data to learn more about how popular music genres form, develop, and evolve over time. We are developing approaches for using information about songs and artists to explore the connections between musicians and the broader socio-cultural and institutional frameworks that govern genres.
Southern Folklife Collection
The Southern Folklife Collection is an archival resource dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating traditional and vernacular music, art, and culture related to the American South. We do this to advance the study and public recognition of these art forms, and support the educational, research and service missions of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tennessee Folklore Society
The Tennessee Folklore Society is a statewide organization of professional folklorists, arts presenters, community scholars, and others who share an interest in preserving, studying, and celebrating the rich folk arts and cultural traditions of the mid-South.
The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association
The mission of the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, in the interest of Texas Cultural preservation, is to honor and celebrate Texas songwriters who have played an important role in defining and interpreting Texas’ distinctive culture.
An online searchable collection of digitized trade magazine relating to music, radio and broadcasting. You will find Billboard Magazine, R&R magazine, Record World Magazine and many others.
The Country Music Archive
(incorporating the British Archive of Country Music) A non-profit organization, set up by Dave Barnes in 1987 to catalogue and preserve what had already become a large and ever growing collection of music, magazines, books and other country music items some of which were rarities of great historical interest.
Hillbilly-music.com is meant to be an online historical site of the early days of hillbilly music as it transforms into what we today call country music
Country Soul Songbook
Country Soul Songbook is an artist-driven and -focused media platform and production team that spotlights performances, interviews, in-depth conversations and cultural offerings rooted in our mission to amplify historically marginalized voices (BIPOC/LGBTQIA+) in country, Americana and roots music.
The Wittliff Collections
Founded by Austin screenwriter and photographer Bill Wittliff and his wife, Sally, our mission is to collect, preserve and share the artistic process that springs from the Southwestern imagination.
Live Music Archive by Internet Archive
In 2002, the Internet Archive teamed up with etree.org to create the Live Music Archive in order to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy.