American Music Organizations

Advocates for the Arts.1319 F Street, NW Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20004. Phone: 202-737-1727. Fax: 202-628-1258. email: Member organizations: American Symphony Orchestra League, Association of Art Museum Directors, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, Opera America, Theatre Communications Group, representing 2,600 Non-profit Arts Institutions. connected to Arts Wire

ACA - American Composers Alliance - promotes composers, has library of scores, publishes the Bulletin of the ACA. 120 W. 74th St. New York, NY 10023; (212) 362-8900; Rosalie Calabrese.

ACF - American Composers Forum. formerly the Minnesota Composers Forum; promotes the performance of contemporary concert music. 332 Minnesota St. Suite East-145, St. Paul MN 55101-1300; phone 612-228-1407; fax 612-291-7978; e-mail

ACLS - American Council of Learned Societies

American Music Center - is a clearing house for information about American composers, music, etc. It sponsors the annual American Music Week and publishes a monthly newsletter. Their Web site contains considerable information including a collection of homepages for its composer-members.
30 W. 26th St., Suite 1001
New York, NY, 10010-2011
(212) 366-5260

American Music Research Center - houses a specialized reference library and has produced lectures, and workshops, etc. It started at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. In 1991, the center was moved to Grusin Music Hall of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

AMR - American Music Resource - you're here!

AMS - American Musicological Society.
AMS listserv:

ASCAP - The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - is the oldest of the three royalty/licensing organizations for American music (BMI and SESAC are the others). Recently they began offering an on-line search engine for their millions of registered compositions.

ASOL - The American Symphony Orchestra League is the official organzation of American Orchestras. It publishes a monthly journal, Symphony, and sponsors annual meetings. ASOL is one of several members of AAA, the American Arts Alliance.

International Bluegrass Music Association.
Dan Hayes, Exec. Dir.
326 St. Elizabeth Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

BMI - Broadcast Music Incorporated - is the youngest of the three royalty/licensing organizations for American music (ASCAP and SESAC are the others). It was formed around 1940, originally to serve specific styles and individuals not covered by ASCAP. Recently they began offering an on-line search engine for their millions of registered compositions.

Center for Popular Music. Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro, TN, 37132. (c. 30 mi. south of Nashville.) (615) 898-2449. Paul F. Wells. email:

Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College, Chicago; 600 South Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 633-1600, ext. 559; email:

Chamber Music America, 545 Eighth Ave. New York, NY 10018, (212) 244-2772.

College Music Society: publishes the College Music Symposium, brochures, bibliographies, societal studies, American Piano Concertos, Bibliographies in American Music, Bio-bibliographies, a university job list, and other types of documents.

Neil B. Rolnick, President ( C/O Performing Artservices, 260 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013 Vox: (212) 941-8911, Fax: (212) 334-5149 email: Their archives held by the NY Public Library Music Division.

Country Music Foundation

The Folk Alliance

Foster Hall Collection (library, archive and museum) Stephen Foster Memorial of the University of Pittsburgh. Deane L. Root, Curator. (412)624-4100. The oldest academic center for American Music research and performance.

Hildegard Publishing Company (music by women composers). Box 332, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.

IAWM International Alliance of Women in Music. George Washington University, Dept. of Music, the Academic Center, Room B-144, Washington, DC, 20052; (202)994-6338.

Institute for Research in Black American Music, Fisk University, Nashville, TN.

ISAM - The Institute for Studies in American Music - Carol Oja, Dir., Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY 11210. They publish a distinguished monograph series, occasional papers, the Newsletter - published twice a year, and the like. It is a center for much activity in American Music studies, featuring many conferences and concerts.

ISCM - archives held by the NY Public Library Music Division

Latin American Music Center: School of Music, Indiana University. Bloomington, IN 47405. (812) 855-9676. email:

League of Composers - archives held by the NY Public Library Music Division

Library of Congress: Music Division, and Archive of Folk Culture; The LC holds the largest collection in the country but they have only catalogued around 10% of their holdings of American music scores.

Mid-American Center for Contemporary Music. College of Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403-0290 (419) 372-2685.

Musical Heritage Society, PO Box 7804, Ocean, NJ 07712-7804

Music Library Association (publishes NOTES) MLA listserve: MLA-L@IUBVM.UCS.INDIANA.EDU

National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA) Marshall Bialosky, President

New Music Alliance, 508 Woodland Terrace, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (215) 382-2521.

New Music Society - archives held by the NY Public Library Music Division

New York Public Library: Music Division.

Opera America. 777 14th St. NW Suite 520, Washington, DC 20005-3287 (202) 347-9262.

SESAC - was formed in Nashville around 1930 to serve the specific styles associated with Country music. It is the second oldest of the three royalty/licensing organizations for American music (ASCAP and BMI are the others).

Smithsonian Institution: Lots or memoribilia; publishes many bulletins, record anthology collections, etc.; recently took over the Folkways record label, the largest recorded collection of folk and modern music.

The Sonneck Society for American Music - organization of scholars, provide organization and leadership in the field since the '80s. Publish the Sonneck Society Bulletin (newsletter format) and American Music (scholarly journal). E-mail:; listserve: ; WWW page:

William Grant Still Music. 4 S. San Francisco St. Suite 422, Flagstaff, AZ, 86001-5737. (520)526-0321.

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