Hi! As we plan our escape from 2017, please consider a donation to the ARChive of Contemporary Music. We are not as essential as world peace or feeding the hungry, but we believe our work of preservation has great cultural value.
In 2017, along with our partners at the Internet Archive, ARC digitized more recordings than the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and all other private or public archive in the United States put together. We collected 250,000 78rpm discs and you can listen to more than 56,000 online.
Musicians like Fred Schneider (B-52s) and David Byrne (Talking Heads), music critics like Jon Pareles (NY Times) and institutions like the Voice of America (US Government) and the Boston Public Library have trusted us to preserve their collections. For more than 20 years Keith Richards has built one of the premier Blues Collections with us, now 13,000 plus discs. In thirty-three years of operation, with more than 3 million discs, we are the largest independent popular music collection in the world – and the only one in America.
And we’ve done all this without any City, State of Federal funding. That means none of your tax money goes towards our work of preservation and research. This is in marked contrast to all other libraries, archives and museums in America.
So we’re asking you to join the ARC at any level. Maybe you have materials to donate? Perhaps you are interested in endowing a Named Special Collection like Mr. Richards or Jonathan Demme.
Contribute if you can. Tell others about us.
Regardless, keep in touch!
Thanks! B. George
ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White Street, New York City
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