American Folklife Center (AFC) - Iincludes over three million photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images. It consists of documentation of traditional culture from all around the world including the earliest field recordings made in the 1890s on wax cylinder through recordings made using digital technology. It is America's first national archive of traditional life, and one of the oldest and largest of such repositories in the world.
American Folklore Society (AFS) - An association of people who study and communicate knowledge about folklore throughout the world. More than 2,200 members and subscribers are scholars, teachers, and libraries at colleges and universities; professionals in arts and cultural organizations; and community members involved in folklore work.
American Music Center - Maintains a library of scores and recordings to address significant problems of access and promotion, and an information-gathering and distribution service to provide difficult-to-obtain data necessary for the promotion and of contemporary music.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) - A membership association of over 80,000 composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. ASCAP's function is to protect the rights of its members by licensing and paying royalties for the public performances of their copyrighted works.
Americana Music Association (AMA) - Provides a forum for the advocacy of Americana music. The AMA works closely with our artists, labels, radio stations, retailers, print media, songwriters, and all other aspects of the industry to help ensure the long-term growth of the genre.
Association for Cultural Equity (ACE) - Founded by Alan Lomax to explore and preserve the world's expressive traditions with humanistic commitment and scientific engagement. Alan Lomax was a musicologist, writer and producer who spent his life capturing in sound, photographs, video and research what today is termed our "intangible heritage." Focus is upon cultural preservation and advocacy, and scientific research.
Bootie - Mashup parties. Launched in 2003 in San Francisco by A Plus D, aka DJs Adrian & Mysterious D, Bootie was the first club night in the U.S. dedicated solely to the burgeoning artform of the bootleg mashup -- and it is now one of the biggest mashup events in the world, with regular parties in several cities on four continents, and various one-offs around the globe.
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) - A music performing rights organization that represents songwriters. BMI collects money from people who use music in the course of their business, then pays that money to the writers and publishers of the songs.
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) - Urban arts center. BAM's current programming consists of the Next Wave Festival each fall; a spring season of international opera, theater, and dance; a comprehensive Education & Humanities program, and a variety of community programs.
College Music Society - A consortium of college, conservatory, university and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music. Its mission is to promote music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction.
Film Music Society (FMS) - Promotes the preservation of film and television music in all of its manifestations, including published and unpublished scores, orchestrations, recordings and all related materials.
Folk Alliance Australia - Represent Australian festivals, events, performers and community groups in nurturing, preserving and developing Australia's diverse folk arts.
Folk Alliance International (FAI) - Exists to promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts. Seeks to advance organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field development.
Future of Music Coalition - A collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. FMC educates the media, policymakers, and the public about music / technology issues. FMC also aims to identify and promote innovative business models that will help musicians and citizens to benefit from new technologies.
Grammy Foundation - A non-profit organization dedicated to advancing music education in schools and ensuring access to a rich cultural legacy of recorded sound.
Harry Fox Agency - Information source, clearinghouse and monitoring service for licensing musical copyrights.
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) - Represents the recording industry worldwide, with a membership comprising some 1400 record companies in 72 countries and affiliated industry associations in 44 countries. IFPI promotes the value of recorded music, safeguards the rights of record producers, and expands commercial uses of recorded music in all markets where its members operate [i.e., anti-piracy and perennial copyright extension]. Also see Wikipedia.
International Music Council (IMC) - The IMC was founded in 1949 at the request of UNESCO as a non-governmental advisory body on musical matters. Comprises national music committees in 74 countries on all continents as well as 34 organisations representing most fields of musical activity.
International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) - Network of members from around fifty countries, devoted to the promotion and presentation of contemporary music. Each year, ISCM presents the World Music Days Festival, hosted by one of ISCM's national sections.
Jazz Foundation of America - Dedicated to providing financial, medical and legal assistance to those great jazz and blues veterans who find themselves in crisis due to illness, age and/or circumstance.
Latin Recording Academy) - A membership-based association composed of musicians, producers, engineers and other creative and technical recording professionals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life and the cultural condition for Latin music and its makers.
League of American Orchestras - Serves more than 900 member symphony, chamber, youth, and collegiate orchestras of all sizes linking a national network of thousands of musicians, conductors, managers, board members, volunteers, staff members, and business partners.
Metropolitan Opera Guild - Works to broaden the base of support for New York's Metropolitan Opera, promote greater interest in opera, and develop future audiences by reaching out to a wide public and serving as an educational resource that provides programs, publications, materials and services to schools, families, individuals, and community groups nationwide.
Miller Theatre at Columbia University - A performing arts producer dedicated to developing and presenting new work from world-class artists. Acclaimed for its innovative programming, Miller Theatre provides an intimate exploration of the creative process and a look into the personalities and emerging trends in contemporary classical music, opera, dance, and film.
Music Performance Trust Funds (MPTF) - MPTF supports programs which are often the only source of live music in the communities in which they take place. MPTF is the largest single sponsor of live music in the world.
Musicians Union - British union working for a fair deal for musician's in the pubs and clubs.
Musicians without Borders - Uses the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war. Works closely with local musicians and organizations to build sustainable projects in response to local needs.
National Jazz Museum in Harlem (JMIH) - A Smithsonian affiliate and thriving center for jazz, with a mission is to preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and the celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally.
National Music Council (NMC) - Founded in 1940 and chartered by the 84th Congress in 1956, the NMC represents the United States to the International Music Council/UNESCO. The Council acts as a clearing house for the joint opinion and decision of its members and is dedicated to strengthening the importance of music in our life and culture.
National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) - Currently representing over 800 American music publishers, NMPA works to interpret copyright law, educate the public about licensing, and safeguard the interests of its members.
New York Folklore Society (NYFS) - A leading resource for folklore and folklife by disseminating research and information throughout the state. Also see its publication Voices which features articles, stories, interviews, reminiscences, essays, folk poetry and music, photographs and artwork from people in all parts of New York State.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - Designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, contains remarkable interactive exhibits, films, videos and poignant artifacts, and serves as host of the permanent Hall of Fame exhibit.
Recording Academy, The - An organization of more than 14,000 musicians, producers and other recording professionals, the Recording Academy is internationally known for the Grammy Awards and is responsible for numerous groundbreaking outreach, professional development, cultural enrichment, education and human services programs.
Royal Opera House - An opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Sage Gateshead - Offers performance and participation projects for all tastes - popular, jazz, world, classical, dance, brass bands, experimental, folk and traditional and more, holding numerous festivals throughout the year. Located in Gateshead, England.
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings - Nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution, the national museum of the United States. Dedicated to supporting cultural diversity and increased understanding among peoples through the documentation, preservation, and dissemination of sound.
Songwriting Works - A community project which brings songwriters, elders and young people together to write and perform their own original songs.
SoundExchange - An organization comprised of large, medium and small recording companies, united in receiving a fair price for the licensing of their music in the digital world. Licenses, collects and distributes public performance revenue for sound recording copyright holders within such digital channels as cable, satellite and webcast transmissions.
Southwest Bluegrass Association (SWBA) - Promotes bluegrass music with a bi-monthly newsletter, information about bluegrass festivals, campouts, weekly bluegrass house jams and school education programs.
Webcaster Alliance - A trade organization dedicated to providing information, education, support and services to every aspect of the streaming media community. Committed to promoting the causes, people and technology that drive the streaming media community.
Woody Guthrie Center - Features state of the art exhibits, an extensive outreach and education program, and a concert series to bring Guthrie's legacy to fans worldwide.
World Music Institute (WMI) - Concert presenting organization founded in 1985 and dedicated to the research, presentation and documentation of the finest in traditional and contemporary music and dance from around the world.
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