Resources / Links

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.

The Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University

       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 that offer the latest marketing statistics.

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance

    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.

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.

Southern Folklife Collection

     The Southern Folklife Collection is an archival resource dedicated to collecting, preserving and disseminating vernacular music, art, and culture related to the American South.

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.

Country Music Association of Australia

     The CMAA is the peak organisation for country music artists and related industries in Australia. Key activities include administration of the Golden Guitar Awards and the CMAA Snr Academy of Country Music and CMAA Jnr Academy of Country Music.


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 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.

Berea College Sound 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

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.

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.

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.

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum Oral History Project

The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Video Oral History Project (VOHP) includes oral history interviews documenting the history of Bluegrass Music. The project includes life stories of many musicians known as "Bluegrass Music's First Generation," as well as those who have carried the genre around the world. Topics include early musical influences, the influence of other musical genres, touring, festivals, as well as the music business. The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum was formerly known as the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM). The organization is often addressed by its former title throughout the interviews.

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.

Southern Cultures, Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill

    Southern Cultures is an academic quarterly about the history and cultures of the U.S. South, published by UNC Press with the Center for the Study of the American South for readers in the South and beyond

Smithsonian Folkways

    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. We are dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.

Society of American Music

    The Society was founded in 1975 and was first named in honor of Oscar G.T. Sonneck, early Chief of the Music Division in the Library of Congress and pioneer scholar of American music. The Society for American Music is a non-profit scholarly and educational organization incorporated in the District of Columbia as a 501 (c) (3)

The Judith McCulloh Fund for American Music, University of Illinois Press

   The University of Illinois announces the launch of the Judith McCulloh Fund for American Music. This endowed fund honors the legacy of Judy McCulloh, long-time University of Illinois Press editor. Judy’s academic passions and keen eye as an editor put Illinois on the map as the leading publisher in the field with the creation of the cornerstone series Music in American Life. The fund will help ensure the ongoing vibrancy of publications in American music at Illinois. To find out more go to

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.  When you visit the Center, you visit a stage that comes alive with every show.


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 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.

The Country Music Archive (incorporating the British Archive of Country Music)

    A non-profit organisation, 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.

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 awardsthroughout the year.

Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

   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.



     Founded by Lance Ledbetter in 1999, Dust-to-Digital is currently operated by Ledbetter and his wife April in Atlanta, Georgia. Dust-to-Digital’s mission remains the same as when it began: to produce high-quality, cultural artifacts.

American Radio

        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.

Live Music Archive is a community committed to providing the highest quality live concerts in a lossless, downloadable format. The Internet Archive has teamed up with to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly non-commercial, both for access here and for any further distribution.

Scholarships and Financial Resources for Future Musicians

Financial Resources for Future Musicians: Scholarships, Tips, and Money Management Secrets

From Austin to Tennessee: The History of Country Music

   A brief overview introduction to the history of country music put together by Austin, TX realtor, Jim Olenbush.

    It's about the people, the music, the history.

Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books, and Brainstorms

    Write primarily about bluegrass music and the bluegrass experience. I also review books I read as well as offering road notes and travel entries. 

Streaming Service Review by Consumers Advocate

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