There are a great many ways you can help the ARC preserve the history of popular music.
Join the ARC – be a Friend
The list indicates the various levels of annual charitable donations you can make
to become a Friend of the ARChive.
- free basic fact-checking + discounted research services
- an invitation to two cocktail parties that precede our semi-annual record sales, including first dibs on recordings in a relaxed setting
- advance notice to attend events and exhibitions
How to donate
You can send a donation online via our NYcharities.org page (best for matching funds) or via Paypal using the button below. Paper people can always post a check.
ARC welcomes Foundation, Estate and Corporate support at any level. Please contact us for more information.
Become a Research Member and research services
Anyone can use the ARC for research purposes and all work is performed by our staff. Research Memberships are primarily for the entertainment industry, to show their support of the ARC and aid them in a variety of task to preserve our recorded heritage. Research services are $50 per hour, discounted for Friends of the ARC and Research Memberships are $500 annually, with discounted research fees. Learn more about Research Memberships, research for anyone and our clients.
Adopt a record or book
This is a fun way for you to attach your name to any recording or book in the ARC, and it’s metadata, forever. Your photo holding your pic will be posted and we’ll even send you adoption papers! Get details and have a look at our gallery of proud parents!
Name a shelf or shelving unit
There’s an awful lot of shelving here at the ARC and we always need more. The last time we asked for help with shelving was 1996 as we readied our new space. Well we’re building again and we hope you can lend a hand. You can make a contribution in your name to Donate a Shelf ($100), or build an entire Shelving Unit ($1,000).
Folks who have a added a shelf in their name include: Martha Babcock; Helene Blue; Eduardo Bohorquez + Nancy Manter; Pamela Bracken + Karen Dickson; David Byrne; Suzan Courtney + Amelia Hritz; Abby Esty; Steve Greenberg; Nona Hendryx + Vicky Wickham/Take Out Productions; Tony Korner + Artforum; Julie Lipsius; Mercury Records; Matt Resnicoff; Don Rose/Rykodisc; Todd Rundgren; Fred Schneider; Karen Schoemer; Carol Schutzbank; Karen Seiverson; Cindy Sherman; Scott Stowell; Will Van Roden; Chip Was; Peter Wright.
Named shelving units were donated by: BMI; Jonathan Demme; David Diamond + Karen Zukowski; Jaharis Family Foundation; Jerry Leiber + Mike Stoller; Polygram Records; Keith Richards; Nile Rodgers, Rolling Stone Magazine/Jann Wenner; Martin Scorsese, Zach + Marty Snow; Tommy Boy Records; TVT Records/Steve Gottlieb; Warner Music Group.
Join a Board
There are three Boards here at ARC – our governing entity, the Board of Trustees; The Board of Advisors made up of a select group of entertainment industry leaders; and our newest Board, the Players Association, the entry level Board of movers and shakers.