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Miscellaneous Music Organizations, Associations, Conferences, etc.
compiled by Jerry Flattum

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
Email for general info:
E-Mail for publicity dept.:

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
8949 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Phone:  (310) 247-3090
Fax:  (310) 271-3395

Presents the Academy Awards.  Other AMPAS activities and programs include seminars, publications, calendar, news and events, Center for Motion Picture Study, The Academy Awards Database, The Student Academy Awards,

Nicholl Fellowships in screenwriting , a visiting artist’s program and more.

From Article 11 of the AMPAS bylaws:
“The purposes of the Academy are:

   1.To advance the arts and sciences of motion pictures and to foster      cooperation among the creative leadership of the motion picture industry for cultural, educational and technological progress.

   2.To recognize outstanding achievements by conferring annual Awards of Merit, serving as a constant incentive within the industry and focusing wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures.

   3.To conduct cooperative technical research and stimulate the improvement of methods and equipment.

   4.To provide a forum and common meeting ground for the various branches and crafts, to sponsor publications and to serve as an impartial clearing house for achievement records and statistics.

   5.To constitute an organization of established prestige which is expressly prohibited from concerning itself with economic, political or labor issues.

   6.To represent to the public the viewpoint of the actual creators of motion pictures and symbolize a leadership comparable to that of other academic institutes and foundations.

   7.To foster educational activities between the public and the industry, with particular reference to encouraging motion picture courses in universities and sponsoring vocational scholarships.

   8.To do all other acts necessary or expedient for the administration of the affairs and attainment of the purposes of a non-economic, non-political, educational and professional association organized as a non-profit corporation under the laws of California.”

Also at the AMPAS website:

The Margaret Herrick Library Center for Motion Picture Study An extensive and comprehensive research and reference collection including more than 20,000 books; 1,400 periodical titles; 60,000 screenplays; 200,000 clipping files; 15,000 posters; advertising paraphernalia; 6 million photographs; 300 manuscript and other special collections related to the industry; sheet music, music scores and sound recordings; production and costume sketches; artifacts; and oral histories..

American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA)
For general information on the AAAA, e-mail John Wolfe, Senior VP, Director of Public Affairs at  (See website for staff emails)

American Association of Advertising Agencies Inc.
405 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10174-1801
Phone:  (212) 682-2500
Fax:  (212) 682-8391

AAAA, founded in 1917, is the national trade association of the advertising agency business.  It has a membership of more than 575 agencies placing 75 percent of all national U.S. advertising through 1215 offices in the U.S.  The association is divided into 4 regions (east, central, southern and western) each with its own board of governors elected annually.  The association is further divided into 27 local councils each representing cities and regions.  In addition, more than 30 committees are appointed each year focusing on the various functions of an advertising agency.

From the website, AAAA’s mission seeks to improve, strengthen, and interpret the advertising agency business in the United States and abroad; work constructively with advertisers and their representative organizations; work with media to improve advertising performance and efficiency; represent the agency business with government; and advocate advertising as an irreplaceable element in our economy, society, and nation.

Election into AAAA is of the highest recognition with membership awarded to less than 6 percent of the 13,000 agencies in the U.S.  AAAA provides many services including member information, management, benefits, international services, professional development, media and production advisory services and public affairs.  AAAA has many publications and press releases available to members and non-members, including Backchannel, The Interactivity Newsletter of the AAAA.

Other activities and programs include The AAAA MultiCultural Advertising Intern Program (MAIP), which recruits and develops minority students and can be reached at 212-850-0732.  AAAA also works with the Association of National Advertisers on various areas of advertising and together they have formed The Coalition for Advertising-Supported Information and Entertainment (CASIE).  AAAA also works with the Federal Trade Commission, The Advertising Council, Advertising Educational Foundation, Partnership For A Drug Free America, The Advertising Research Foundation, and the Better Business Bureau including the monitoring of cyberspace advertising.

AAAA has a number of searchable databases at their website including an employment database called ARDEN (Automated Resource Data Entry Network).

Association for Independent Music(AFIM--formerly NAIRD)

P.O. Box #988 147 East Main St.
Whitesburg, KY 41858
Phone: (606) 633-0946
Phone 2: (800) 607-6526
Fax: (606) 633-1160

Pat Martin Bradley
Executive Director
114 Lark St.
Altamont, NY 12009-0465
Phone: (518) 861-7037
Fax: (518) 861-7038

AFIM, with over 1300 independent record company members, sponsors an annual convention, the Indie Awards, the AFIM Newsletter and more.  See website.

American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

NOTE:  For address and other info, see the listing of locals at the AFM website.

American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada
The North American Traveling Musicians’ Local 1000
322 West 48th St., Third Floor
NY, NY 10036
Phone:  212-843-8726

AFM is the largest union in the world representing musicians performing all styles of music. The AFM negotiates wages and work conditions, and supports education initiatives. AFM was founded in 1896 by musicians.  Its purpose is to improve conditions for members by negotiating collective bargaining agreements, contract administration, dispute resolution, training and advocacy.  The AFM offers a wide variety of services to members in all areas of the music business through its specialized divisions:  Electronic Media, Symphonic, Booking Agents, Travel & Theatrical, Organizing & Education and Legislative.

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)

NOTE:  For more info contact your local AFTRA office.  See website for listing.

AFTRA newsletter:

National Office - New York
260 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016-2402
Phone:  212-532-0800
Fax:  212-532-2242

National Office - Los Angeles
5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036-3689
Phone:  213-634-8100
Fax:  213-634-8194

NOTE:  See website for staff and department info.

AFTRA represents 80,000 members with headquarters in New York City and 36 offices around the country.  Each local elects its own Board of Directors including reps to the National Board.  AFTRA represents members in news and broadcasting, entertainment programming, the recording business, commercials and non-broadcast, industrial, educational media.  AFTRA members include actors, broadcasters, singers, dancers, talk show hosts, and others.

NOTE:  See the AFTRA website for detailed info on AFTRA contracts, the AFTRA Foundation, info on scholarships and other programs.  Each local sponsors its own calendar of events and special programs. These programs include casting guides, hotlines, bulletin boards with job postings and other benefits available to members.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers(ASCAP)

ASCAP Member Services: (800) 95-ASCAP

NOTE:  Compare BMI, SESAC and other performing rights organizations worldwide.

ASCAP - New York
One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Phone:  (212) 621-6000
Fax:  (212) 724-9064

ASCAP - Los Angeles
7920 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Phone:  (213) 883-1000
Fax:  (213) 883-1049

ASCAP - London
8 Cork Street
London W1X1PB
Phone:  011-44-171-439-0909
Fax:  011-44-171-434-0073

ASCAP - Nashville
Two Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone:  (615) 742-5000
Fax:  (615) 742-5020

ASCAP - Midwest
1608 W. Belmont Avenue, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60657
Phone:  (773) 472-1157
Fax:  (773) 472-1158

ASCAP - Puerto Rico
1519 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 505
Santurce, PR 00909
Phone:  (800) 244-3087
Fax:  (787) 721-1190

ASCAP - Atlanta (Not a Membership Office)
2690 Cumberland Parkway Suite 490
Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone:  (770) 805-3400
Fax:  (770) 805-3410

Marilyn Bergman, ASCAP President and Chairman

ASCAP is the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  ASCAP is a performing rights organization that licenses and collects royalties for public performance of copyrighted works created by its members.  Users of music include radio, TV, cable, bars, clubs, restaurants, shopping malls, concert halls, airlines, orchestras and others. 

ASCAP currently claims a membership of over 68,000 U.S. and 200,000 foreign affiliated composers, lyricists and music publishers.  Started in 1914, it is the only performing rights society in the U.S. created and controlled by songwriters and publishers.  Only writers and publishers serve on the 24-member Board of Directors.  There are 18 Board committees managing various areas of ASCAP’s operation.

ASCAP is at the forefront of litigation issues in Congress.  Payment changes must be approved by the Board of Directors, the Department of Justice and sometimes by a U.S. Federal Court after an open court hearing.  ASCAP monitors public performances of songs and other compositions on all TV and radio stations, including syndicated series, feature films, cable and all other programming.  Monitoring of live performance includes concert tours, symphonic concerts, Vegas shows and many other live venues.  In 1979, ASCAP became the first society to license, survey and pay on college-radio performances.  Other monitoring includes background music like MUZAK and 3M Platinum Service, as well as airports, circuses, ice shows, etc.

ASCAP provides showcases and workshops featuring top names in the business. ASCAP also provides a forum for writers and publishers and offers a voice for writers and publishers to be heard.  An online clearance system called ACE provides access to title, writer and publisher info as well as the ACE help line at 212-621-6521.  Group medical, dental and term life insurance is available, as well as instrument and equipment insurance.

Public performances of copyrighted works must have permission of the copyright owner.  ASCAP has agreements with approximately 45 other worldwide performing rights societies.   ASCAP does not license “dramatic” rights (or “grand” rights).  Writers of musical plays, operas or ballet scores negotiate with producers for performance rights.  ASCAP does license non-dramatic performances of songs from dramatic productions.  ASCAP doe not license mechanical rights or synchronization rights.  Mechanical and “synch” rights are granted to producers directly by writers or through their publishers (See NMPA/HFA).  ASCAP does license the performance of film, video and TV music broadcasted in a licensed venue.

American Theater Wing
250 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10109. 
Phone:  (212) 765-0606
Presents the Tony Awards and Programs.   The website provides a colorful history and description of other organizational activities. 
Audio Engineering Society(AES)
International Headquarters
60 East 42nd Street, Room 2520
New York, New York 10165-2520,
USA Phone:  +1 212 661 8528
Fax:  +1 212 682 0477

NOTE:  The AES website is an excellent search site for anything audio.

AES is a society devoted exclusively to audio technology.   Membership includes engineers, scientists and other audio professionals.  AES covers 47 areas throughout the world.  AES is responsible for developing new technology standards in the audio industry under the direction of the AES Standards Committee.  Conventions are held every year in the United States and Europe.  Conventions include seminars, workshops and technical papers covering the latest research.  AES publishes the Directory of Educational Programs, a guide to educational programs and career opportunities.  AES publishes many different publications.  See Website for full listing.  A major publication is the Journal of the AES:

Journal of the Audio Engineering Society:

The AES website has a comprehensive Audio Index of links to other audio related sites.

Broadcast Music, Inc.  (BMI) 

NOTE:  Compare ASCAP, SESAC and other performing rights organizations worldwide.

New York
320 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone:  (212) 586-2000

10 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone:  (615) 401-2000

Los Angeles
8730 Sunset Blvd. 3rd Flr West
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Phone:  (310) 659-9109

84 Harley House Marylebone Rd
Phone:  011-44171-486-2036

All the various departments at BMI, such as Clearance and Logging, TV Operations, Corporate Relations, Information Technology and many more are listed at the BMI site with email addresses.

Writer/Publisher Relations Offices at,,,, and

John Coletta, Director, Online Communications and Webmaster at

BMI offers a searchable database at its site.  Other features include:  Songwriter’s Toolbox with info on performing rights, publishing, business, copyright and much more; links to music resources; bibliographies; a quarterly magazine called Music World; info on legislation; press releases; photos; events; showcases and more.  The Licensing Toolbox focuses on music licensing for public performance.

BMI started in 1940 and is a non-profit performing rights and royalty collection organization.  It claims a membership of more than 200,000 writers and publishers with a database of 3,000,000,000 copyrighted works. These figures range widely over the years. 

BMI monitors and logs performances of songs and other music works in radio (college, public, cable) regular and cable TV, live performances of classical music, symphony orchestras, health clubs, discos, bars, jukeboxes, banks, malls and all other venues.  BMI is affiliated with an estimated 41 different foreign performing rights organizations worldwide.

(Computer Assisted Information Retrieval Service System)

NOTE:  Other than the short description below, not much info is available on CAIRSS itself.  However, CAIRSS is affiliated with the GALAXY search engine.  Links at the CAIRSS site include a Telnet link and links to GALAXY.

CAIRSS is a bibliographic database of music research literature covering 15 primary journals and articles from over a 1000 other journals.  The database is continually updated.

Country Music Association (CMA)
One Music Circle
South Nashville, Tennessee
Tel: +615 244 2840
Fax: +615 726-0314

Bessborough House
17 Cavendish Square
London W1M 9AA
Tel: +44 20 7665 1875
Fax: +44 20 7665 1245
General e-mail:

Gleueler Strasse 43
D-50931 Koln
Phone:  +49 221 940 2244
Fax:  +49 221 940 2245
Contact:  Jan Garich

CMA Benelux/Scandinavia
P.O. Box 813
3500 AV Utrecht
The Netherlands
Phone:  +31-30-232-1242
Fax:  +31-30-232-8783
Contact:  Karen Holt

CMA Australia
Hear & There Communications Pty Ltd.
21 Russell Street
Watson’s Bay, NSW 2030
Phone:  +61.2.9337.5244
Fax:  +61.2.9337.5272
Contact:  Trevor Smith

CMA was founded in 1958.  Its current membership is more than 7000 with members throughout the world.  CMA’s objective is to promote country music throughout the world.  Its organizational structure includes a Board of Directors made up of nine directors and five officers and 15 membership categories.  CMA sponsors many awards (See website for listing and history).  In partnership with the Grand Ole Opry, CMA sponsors the International Country Music Fan Fair held every summer in Nashville.  CMA also sponsors SRO, an annual marketplace, talent showcase and networking conference.  CMA established the Country Music Hall of Fame (See separate listing).  CMA is very active in legislative matters and is, in part, responsible for the Home Audio Recording Act.

Close Up Magazine is CMA’s monthly trade publication available only to members.  Another CMA publication is the annual Country Music Radio Directory, a complete list of radio stations that broadcast country music all over the world.  Another publication is the CMA Fact Book, a compilation of statistical and demographic info.

Craigie Hall, Room G117
The University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4
Phone:  403-220-4900
Fax:  403-282-7751

NOTE:  Emails are provided for staff and other contacts at the website.

CultureNet provides a wealth of info on Canadian culture.   The website includes a comprehensive listing of Canadian organizations, associations, societies, etc., far too many to list here. 

The Dramatists Guild, Inc. 
(Theatre Communications Group link and description immediate follows)

The Dramatists Guild
1501 Broadway, Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
Phone:  (212) 398-9366
Fax:  (213) 944-0420

A quote from the Guild website:
“A lot of very good plays are being written now. They’re being produced; they’re even being published. The only thing they’re not is easier to write.  Very few of them are being produced on Broadway, however. . . . The American theater has never been healthier. It’s Broadway that’s sick. The American Theater is no longer Broadway. It is Los Angeles, it is Seattle, it is Louisville, it is everywhere but the west side of midtown Manhattan.” -- Terrence McNally

NOTE:  There are many other wonderful quotes on various pages at the Guild website.

The Dramatists Guild is the professional association of American playwrights. The guild develops standard contracts for Broadway and regional theater productions.

The Guild publishes the Annual Resource Directory, a publication similar to the Theater Communication Group’s (see below) Dramatists Source Book.  The guild also publishes the Dramatists Guild Quarterly, Annual Directory of Colleges, Universities, & Dinner Theaters, Annual Directory of Institutional Theaters and the Dramatists Guild Newsletter.

The Theatre Communications Group
355 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10017-0217 U.S.A.
Phone:  (212) 697-5230

TCG represents virtually all regional theater in the U.S.  TCG publishes a number of books, guides and magazines the most notable being the Dramatists Sourcebook and American Theater Magazine.

Highly recommended:
Dramatists Sourcebook

The Sourcebook is the annual bible for American playwrights.

In addition, the Dramatists Guild puts out the Annual DG Resource Directory.  An equivalent publication for Canadian playwrights is The Theatre List, published by PACT.

The Sourcebook includes essays, script opportunities, career opportunities, publishing, production, etc. Check local bookstore or order from TCG. American Theatre Magazine (Subscription available only through TCG)

TCG also publishes an annual guide to over 250 regional theatres as well as other publications.  Of special mention is Dana Singer’s Stage Writers Handbook: A Complete Business Guide for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Librettists.

Film Music Magazine  (See Film Music Network)
1146 N. Central Ave #103
Glendale, CA 91202
Phone:  1-888-678-6158
Fax:  (818) 507-4944

Subscription info available at the webstite.

NOTE:  Industry links are currently under construction.

Film Music Magazine is a monthly trade publication for film and TV professionals and will be coming out in summer, 1998.  The magazine will feature top names, investigative reporting, an events calendar, columns by industry pro’s, and feature articles on such subjects as performing rights, legal issues, audio engineering, technology, editing, studios and more.  The magazine will not review works.   

Film Music Magazine is sponsored by The Film Music Network, a networking organization based in Los Angeles (See separate listing for Film Music Network).

Film Music Network
Membership info:  1-888-726-7338 or;

The Film Music Network, sponsored by Cinematrax, was created by Mark Northam and Lisa Anne Miller based out of Los Angeles, California.  The Network provides a forum for music business professionals to meet, network and share information.  Live forums are held every Month in Studio City, Ca.  (See site for more info).   The Film Music Network is a non-profit organization with no Board of Directors.  It is not an advocacy group, union, guild or society.  The main source of income is low membership fees.

The Film Music Network publishes Film Music Magazine
(see separate listing).

The Film Music Network has an online member directory.  The Network has links to:  Film / TV Composers, Orchestrators, Music editors, Copyists, Songwriters, Musicians, Agents, Publishers, CD Artwork, Education, Song Pluggers, Managers, Sound Designers, Synth Programmers--many more.

The Gospel Music Association  (GMA)

NOTE:  No address available at website as of May, 1998.

GMA office:  615-242-0303. 

NOTE: See The Academy of Gospel Music Arts directly below the following description of GMA.  Seminars and contests included.

GMA sponsors the 1998 Dove Awards.  GMA is a non-profit organization designed to promote gospel and Christian music.  GMA provides a forum for artists and industry people. 

For info or forms for GMA membership, Dove Tickets, Gospel Music Week 1998, or the Academy of Gospel Music Arts, use the FAX ON DEMAND SYSTEM.  Call 1-888-GMA-FAXS (1-888-462-3297).

GMA sponsors various seminars on such subjects as career development, art of songwriting, songwriter/publisher relationships, artist/audience relationships and many more.  GMA also sponsors an artists-in-residence program.

GMA sponsors a major song and talent contest (over for 1998).  See website. This contest offers a publishing contract.  Website also lists regional contests.

Hal Leonard Corporation

Corporate Headquarters
7777 West Bluemound Road
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53213
Phone: 414-774-3630
Fax: 414-774-3259

Manufacturing and Distribution
965 Mark Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987
Phone: 507-454-2920
Fax: 507-454-4042

NOTE:  Hal Leonard’s website offers a complete and fascinating history and profile of the Hal Leonard Corporation.

Hal Leonard is one of the top music publisher’s in the world.  Products include sheet music, songbooks, method books for voice and all instruments, band and choral arrangements, many other publications, CDs, audio and video, music software and more.  Hal Leonard represents virtually every major music publisher from BMG to Chappell, Disney to Famous Music.  Hal Leonard sells all over the world and in more than 5000 music stores in the U.S.

Hard Rock Cafe (main page)

(There are simply too many Hard Rock Cafes worldwide to list here. The above URL has a full listing and many cafe's have their own sites.)

This site is highly commercialized with a focus on the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, merchandising, travel, etc. 

There are simply too many Hard Rock Cafes worldwide to list here.  The above URL has a full listing and many cafe’s have their own sites. 

Hard Rock Cafe was started by Peter Morton and Isaac Tigrett.   The first Hard Rock Cafe opened in London, 1971.  There are now over 80 franchises worldwide.  The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is the first rock and roll resort in the world.  Look for the 90 foot neon guitar.

The Indiana University School of Music

NOTE:  See below for descriptions and info on other Indiana U sponsored sites including WWW Music Resources, Archives of Afro-American Music and Society for Ethnomusicology.

William & Gayle Cook Music Library (See below for info on the Library) School of Music
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

Telephone numbers: (all are in area code 812)

Circulation Desk: 855-8541
Reference Desk: 855-2971
Administrative Office: 855-2970
Performing Ensembles Division: 855-6240
Fax: 855-3843

NOTE:  Watch for many other links in the description that follows.

The Indiana University School of Music is one of the world’s leading academic institutions for music studies and is ranked number one in the United States.  It houses one of the most important music libraries, The William and Gayle Cook Music Library at Indiana University.

The William and Gayle Cook Music Library is ranked among the top academic music libraries in the United States. Indiana University, through it’s music school and the Cook Library, sponsors the Worldwide Internet Music Resources, one of the most extensive websites for music on the Net: 

Worldwide Internet Music Resources

Major links include (Taken directly from the website above):     
Individual Musicians (All Genres) and Popular Groups     
Groups and Ensembles (Except Popular)     
Other Sites Related to Performance     
Composers and Composition     
Genres and Types of Music     
Research and Study     
The Commercial World of Music     
Journals and Magazines     
General and Miscellaneous     
Archives of African American Music and Culture (See description below)
Archives of Traditional Music     
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology-Online     
Music Library Association (MLA) Clearinghouse     
TML: Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum database for Latin music theory
WFIU Public Radio     
User-maintained music resources at IU     
Worldwide Internet Music Resources - maintained by librarians at the IU Music Library     
Online Library Catalogs     
Important Library Catalogs for Music     
Worldwide Internet resources - a list of search engines, directories, etc.
The Indiana Virtual Tourist Map

Core Music Reference Guide:

Dictionaries of Musical Terms     
Indexes to Periodicals     
Online and CD-ROM databases     
Special Topic Reference Tools (Writings about Music)     
Bibliographies of Music for Instruments, Ensembles and Voice     
Index to Complete Works of Composers     
Thematic Catalogs     
Music in Print Sources

Sponsored by Indiana U:
Worldwide Internet Music Resources:  Songwriting

CAUTION:  Many links below are non-functional as of 4/30/98.

   1. Information Repertoire
   2.  MusicMakers ?
   3.  Say It With A Song ?
   4.  SongLink International ?
   5.  SongPitch
   6.  Songwriter and Music Copyright Resources
   7.  Songs U.S. cities / Personalized Love Songs / by Bob Sedgwick
   8.  SongSurfer ?
   9.  Songwriting Consultants, LTD.

The above music resource list is offered as a service of the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University.

(NOTE:  Much of the following info is taken directly from the above website)


OCLC and RLIN contain substantial numbers of music titles in addition to titles in other disciplines. OCLC and RLIN are frequently described as bibliographic utilities.  Combined, they are often referred to as the logical national library catalog. Because of the number and breadth of music titles in these utilities, they are important places to gather potential citations of interest (particularly given the high level of bibliographic description) and to locate institutions owning these titles for potential inter-library loan.

OCLC and RLIN have WWW sites.  Use OCLC and RLIN through the IU Libraries page.  OCLC’s and RLIN’s public WWW sites are for commercial purposes.  If you are an IU faculty member or student, the IU link provides you with the right to search their databases.  The above address also contains links to the Center for Research Libraries and to other university libraries in the Midwest as well as a link to On-Line Catalogs around the world.

The Library of Congress (See U.S. Copyright Office)

The Library of Congress has the largest music collection in the United States and is located in the Music Division of the Library of Congress.  The Library of Congress WWW site provides access to information about the Library of Congress, links to its services and on-line catalogs and links to other WWW sites of interest.  Of particular interest are the following links:

     Digital Library Collections
     LC Online Systems
     Library of Congress Indexes to Other World Wide Web Services
     Library and Information Science Resources

LOCIS, the Library of Congress’ on-line catalog, contains over 27 million titles including those for music. The overview link provides important information about LOCIS and its scope. The LOCIS Search Guides link provides instructions to use LOCIS including the U.S. Copyright Office data (since 1978). LOCIS itself should be used through the VT100 link.

Other major sites include:  On-Line Catalogs around the world, Library of Congress Indexes to Other World Wide Web Services and Library and Information Science Resources.  Selected important European Music Collections include the British Library and BLAISE, its online catalog.  Also, the Bibliotheque nationale de France.

Associated Music Libraries Group: Since 1985, Indiana University’s Music Library has belonged to the Associated Music Libraries Group (AMLG), a consortium of ten major US music libraries.

Indiana University is also a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). These CIC Libraries also have important music collections. For instance, Northwestern University’s Music Library has important resources in 20th century music and the University of Wisconsin has the Tams-Witmark Collection.

Also sponsored by Indiana U:

Archives of African American Music and Culture (Indiana University)

Archives of African American Music and Culture Indiana University,
Bloomington Smith Research Center, Room 180

This site includes collections audio and video recordings, photographs, original scores, oral histories, among other artifacts and info related to popular, religious, and art, as well as Black radio.  Research is conducted in collaboration with other institutions and organizations such as the Afro-American Arts Institute and the Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University, the Smithsonian Institution and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

Also sponsored by Indiana U:
Society for Ethnomusicology (Homepage) (Description)

Lyn Pittman
Business Office Coordinator
Morrison Hall 005 Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-2501
Phone: 812-855-6672
Fax: 812-855-6673

The Society of Ethnomusicology was founded in 1955 to promote the research, study, and performance of music in all historical periods and cultural contexts.  Membership is currently more than 2000 worldwide. Members of the Society from Ethnomusicology are scholars, students, performers, publishers, museum specialists, and librarians from numerous disciplines, including:

Archives and Museums
Area Studies
Art and Art History
Cultural Studies
Diaspora Studies
Music Education
Music Journalism
Performing Arts
Popular Music
Public Culture
Public Sector Ethnomusicology
World Music/World Beat

The Society for Ethnomusicology publishes the journal, Ethnomusicology, and other publications.  See the site for more descriptions as well as links to a number of related associations and organizations, seminars, events, and resources.

International Association for the Study of Popular Music(IASPM)

NOTE:  See IASPM homepage for listing of branches internationally.

81 Howard Street
Oxford, OX4 3A United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1865 725724

IASPM United States Officers:
Chair: David Sanjek, BMI Archives (e-mail at Secretary-Treasurer: David Brackett, Dept. of Music, Binghamton University (e-mail at

Webmaster: Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago (e-mail

IASPM/U.S. has a current membership of 200.  IASPM held a meeting in association with The Society for Ethnomusicology where over 70 papers were submitted (See separate listing for Society for Ethnomusicology under the Indiana U listing).

The Review of Popular Music (Journal and newsletter of IASPM)

The hardcopy version of IASPM’s journal is available to members only.

IASPM’s website lists other journals on Popular Music:

The Journal for Popular Music Studies
Anahid Kassabian
Department of Communication and Media Studies
Fordham University
113 W. 60th Street, Room 422
New York, NY 10023, USA

Perfect Beat
John Libbey & Co.
Level 10, 15-17 Young Street,
Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Popular Music
Cambridge University Press
The Edinburgh Building
Cambridge CB2 2RU, United Kingdom

40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA

10 Stamford Road, Oakleigh, Melbourne 3166, Australia

Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung
(Contributions to Popular Music Studies)
CODA Musikservice + Verlag
Dr. Joachim Schlichte-Bierbaum
Theodor-Heuss-Str. 2, D 61184 Karben, Germany
Phone: +49 6039/ 95141,
Fax: +49 6039/ 95142

Jahrbuch für Volksliedforschung
(Yearbook of Folksong Studies)
Erich Schmidt Verlag
Genthiner Str. 30 g, D 10785 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 25 00 85-22
Fax: +49 30 25 00 85-11

Popular Ongaku Kenkyou
(Popular Music Studies)
In the United States:

International Society for Music Education(ISME)

ISME publishes the International Journal of Music Education

ISME Editor (A Guest Editor has been appointed for the next issue)
ISME International Office
International Centre for Research in Music Education
University of Reading
Bulmershe Court
Reading RG6 1HY

For the newsletter:
Joan Therens and Elizabeth Smith
ISME International Office
University of Reading
Bulmershe Court
Reading RG6 1HY

All general correspondence should be sent to the ISME International Office:

ISME International Office
University of Reading
Bulmershe Court
Reading RG6 1HY
Phone:  +44 118 931 8846
Fax: +44 118 931 8846 or +44 118 935 2080

Address for sending application (See website):
ISME International Office
University of Reading
Bulmershe Court
Reading RG6 1HY,

Elizabeth Smith,
ISME Administrator

ISME was formed at a UNESCO conference in 1953. The International Society for Music Education (ISME) is a member organization of  The International Music Council (IMC), a branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  ISME promotes music education throughout the world.

ISME publishes a number of renowned publications including the International Journal for Music Education. See website for listing.  Also see website for conferences, ISME commissions, membership info and links to related organizations.

The following is taken directly from ISME’s website:

The International Society for Music Education (ISME) serves as the voice of the music educators of the world. It represents all levels and all fields of specialization within music education. Its purpose is the advancement of music education throughout the world. The following statements represent the beliefs, objectives and positions of the Society.

The International Society for Music Education believes:

1. that music education includes both education in music and education through music.

2. that music education should be a lifelong process and should embrace all age groups.

3. that all learners, at all levels of development/skill, should have access to a balanced, comprehensive and progressive program of music education facilitated by effective music educators.

4. that all learners should have the opportunity to grow in musical knowledge, skills and appreciation so as to challenge their minds, stimulate their imaginations, bring joy and satisfaction to their lives and exalt their spirits.

5. that all learners should receive the finest possible music education, all learners should have equal opportunity to pursue music, and the quality and quantity of their musical education should not depend upon their geographical location, social status, racial or ethnic identity, urban/suburban/rural habitat, or wealth.

6. that all learners should have the opportunity to develop their musical abilities to the full through education that is responsive to their individual needs.

7. that increased efforts are necessary to meet the musical needs of all learners, including those with disabilities, and those with exceptional aptitude.

8. that all learners should have extensive opportunities for active participation in music, as listeners, performers, composers and improvisers.

9. that all learners should have the opportunity to study and participate in the music(s) of their own culture(s) and the other cultures of their own nations, and of the world.

10. that all learners should have the opportunity to develop their abilities to comprehend the historical and cultural contexts of the music they encounter, to make relevant, critical judgments about music and performances, to analyze with discrimination and to understand aesthetic issues relevant to music.

11. in the validity of all musics of the world, and respects the value given to each particular music by the community that owns it. The Society believes that the richness and diversity of the musics of the world is a cause for celebration, and an opportunity for intercultural learning for the improvement of international understanding, cooperation and peace.

Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN)

Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN), now in its 12th year, promotes career advancement, continued education and communication among music industry professionals. We sponsor industry gatherings, workshops, private dinners and seminars with top executives; publish The Network News which features interviews and business coverage of the music industry; and provide a variety of professional development opportunities and career services, such as job listings and a Mentor Network, to our members.

LAMN sponsors seminars with top industry executives. Some past panels include: Get a Gig in the Music Biz; Online Music Marketing; Getting Songs Into Soundtracks; Major Label Marketing Strategies; Records, Technology & Consumers; Get A Gig in the Music Biz; Artist Development in the 90s; Dynamics of Concert Tours; Getting Records to Radio; and A&R Think Tank: A Critique of the Record Industry's Talent Acquisition Practices.

Our popular Job Bank maintains current music industry job listings ranging from executive to entry-level positions for members. Unlike other online job listing services, which permit anyone to apply regardless of qualifications, we pre-screen candidates, thereby providing an additional level of service to employers. This results in a greater level of trust from employers and more, higher-level and exclusive job listings for our members. Listings are available at and in The Network News. New jobs are posted to our Web site within 24 hours of receipt. You must be a member to receive this service. We also provide a RESUME RESOURCE GUIDE, CAREER COUNSELING and RESUME MAKEOVERS (see our web site for details).

Get yourself a personal Board of Directors to help guide your career. LAMN’s Mentor Network can help by promoting communication between seasoned music executives and young execs currently rising through the ranks. Mentors include former CEOs, label heads and VPs from major record companies. To participate, please contact us for details or go to

The Network News features executive interviews and business coverage pertaining to the music industry with emphasis on new technologies. Past interviews include Bruce Kirkland (former President, EMI-Capitol Entertainment Properties), Richard Branson (CEO, V2 Records Group), Charles Koppelman (former Chairman/CEO, EMI Records Group North America), Strauss Zelnick (President/CEO, BMG Entertainment), Milt Okun (Founder and Principal, Cherry Lane Music Group), Tom McPartland (former Chairman & CEO, Paradigm), Hilary Rosen (President & CEO, RIAA), Dave Mount (CEO, WEA), Russ Solomon (President/CEO, Tower Records), Mike Shalett (CEO, SoundScan), Jac Holzman (Founder & former CEO, Elektra & Nonesuch Records) and Joe Smith (former CEO of Warner Bros., Elektra and Capitol Records). One-year individual subscription: . Corporate rate: . Annual membership fee includes one-year subscription.

LAMN sponsors a variety of events for its members to promote career advancement, continued education and communication. Some workshops have included “The ABCs of Music on the Web” and “Marketing Artists on the Internet.” LAMN Salon Dinners have been a hit with members, allowing smaller groups to meet and mingle over dinner, often with a special guest speaker. For a current schedule of events, go to or call (818) 769-6095

Annual individual membership: (subject to increase without notice). International: add USD. This includes a one-year subscription to The Network News, discounted admission to LAMN events and Job Bank access. Subscribers do not receive event discounts and job services. Call, or e-mail us for details, a schedule of events and membership application, or sign up online at

President: Tess Taylor
Special Events Director: Gloria Jewett
Promotion Director: Juree Pak
Gatekeeper / Membership Coordinator: Che Wang

Post Office Box 8934
Universal City, CA 91618-8934
Tel: (818) 769-6095

Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC)

For membership info: 
(212) 465-2662
MAC Treasurer,
P.O. Box 20345,
Columbus Circle Station
New York, NY 10023

Email for suggestions or comments:  

The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs is a trade association representing members actively engaged in the live entertainment industry.  Members include cabaret performers, jazz musicians,       comedians, club proprietors, musical directors, composers, lyricists, booking agents, press agents,  journalists, talent agents/personal managers and others.  MAC presents an annual award show, sponsors seminars, publishes MAC News  and co-produces “Songwriters Showcases” in association with ASCAP (see separate listing).  MAC Hotline is available for members only.  MAC acts as an advocate for the live entertainment industry in local and national legislative issues.

Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)

Email for info:

NOTE:  No address could be found at the website as of May, 1998.

The MPAA Home Page includes links to such areas as: 1996 and 1997 U.S. Economic Review MPAA Movie Rating Information - CARA Home Page TV Parental Guidelines Home Page TV Parental Guidelines Jack Valenti Press Releases Anti-Piracy 1-800-NOCOPYS Positions on Laws and Regulations Internet Piracy Hotline:  A link for reporting illegal transmissions.

Founded in 1922, The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and its international counterpart, the Motion Picture Association (MPA) serve as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries.  MPA oversees motion picture, video and television throughout the world. 

MPAA’s main offices are in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., with offices worldwide.  Its board of directors includes the Chairmen and Presidents of the seven major producers and distributors of motion picture and television programs in the United States. These members include:

Walt Disney Company
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
Universal Studios, Inc.
Warner Bros.

Other links at the MPA site include:

TV Parental Guidelines
Buena Vista International, Inc.
Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International, Inc.
Creative Incentive Coalition
International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)

Music Educator’s National Conference (MENC)

Email for membership info: 
Larry Mullins: Or call: 1-800-336-3768.

Email for general info:

All MENC staff members have email links at the MENC site and can be contacted by surface mail at:

1806 Robert Fulton Drive
Reston, VA 22091
Phone:  1-703-860-4000
Fax: 703-860-1531

The MENC site includes a vast array of links and addresses for MENC affiliates and resources for educators and students.

MENC was founded in 1907 and currently has a membership of 70,000.  MENC’s

mission is to promote music education as a profession.  Through the years, MENC has formed many alliances in the promotion and development of music education.  In 1990, MENC joined forces with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) to form the National Coalition for Music Education.  In 1994, MENC formed an alliance with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, the National Art Education Association, and the National Dance Association  and introduced the National Standards for Music Education, paid for by a federal grant. 

In 1996 the organization picked 42 songs every American should know and published them in a songbook.  There are fifty- two State Music Educators Associations covering 6 regional divisions with one European Music Educators Association.

MENC publishes the Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, Journal of Music Teacher Education, General Music Today, Journal of Research in Music Education and Update:  Applications of Research in Music Education.  MENC also publishes a Professional Resources Guide that includes a list of all MENC publications, with standards and guidelines for educational programs. The MENC website lists many publications with descriptions and links.

In addition to other conferences and programs (see website), the National Music Education Conference is held every two years.           The MENC website offers a plethora of information and statistics on music education.

Music Educator’s Resource Database  (MERB)


NOTE:  MERB is associated with Canada’s CultureNet (see separate listing). Also, for a more complete listing of Canadian Music resources, access the Canadian Music Periodical Index of the National Library of Canada.

MERB/CMI is a bibliographic database of more than 28,000 resources in music and music education from 31 Canadian and International journals and other sources starting from 1956.  See the MERB website for complete info on how to search the database. 

The Music HyperBanner


Music HyperBanner service is one branch of the HyperBanner Worldwide Network.  The Network claims to currently display more than 25,000,000 ads per month.  HyperBanner provides free benefits including the ability to have 2 Banners at the same time, On-line graphical Statistics,

Java-Enhanced Banners, 24-Hours-Support, categorizing for better targeting, Partners Program, Total Banner Control and more. Extra benefits are given to Big Sites.

Music Library Association (MLA)
P.O. Box 487
Canton, MA 02021
Phone: 617-828-8450

MLA was founded in 1931 and is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries.  MLA meets every year and conferences include formal sessions, meetings, exhibits, workshops and a mentoring program.  See the MLA website for info on library news, research reports, publications, papers, copyright, as well as links to other sites of interest to music librarians.

MLA has a broad range of committees that undertake projects, present sessions at national meetings, and provide opportunities to exchange information and ideas.  These committees focus on such areas as:

Administration, Bibliographic Control, Bibliographic Instruction, Collection Development and Resource Sharing, Education, Legislation, Music Library Facilities, Online Library Systems, Online Reference Services, Preservation, Public Libraries, Publications, Reference Performance and Statistics.

MLA works with many other organizations:

International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM)
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association
Music OCLC Users Group
Music Publishers Association
National Association of Schools of Music
National Information Standards Organization
American Library Association
ALA Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access
ALCTS Audio-Visual Committee

Members can form their own interest groups covering a variety of subjects. See website for listing of subjects.

MLA’s quarterly Notes is the world’s premier journal in its field.  MLA also publishes:

Directory of Library School Offerings in Music
Job List
MLA Index & Bibliography Series
MLA Membership Handbook (annual)
MLA Newsletter (quarterly)
MLA Technical Reports
Music Cataloging Bulletin (monthly)

See the MLA website for titles of recent articles and technical reports.

A selected list of MLA publications appears in the annual Membership Handbook and in each issue of Notes. A complete list is available through the MLA home page.

MLA offers many awards.  See website for listing.

Music Publisher’s Association (MPA)

MPA Newsletter:

NOTE:  No address is provided at the website as of May, 1998, however various meetings are often help at ASCAP.  The MPA site includes a full listing of music publishers with addresses provided by the National Music Publishers Association and the Harry Fox Agency (NMPA/HFA.  See separate listing).  A full listing of MPA members is also included with email addresses.

MPA was founded in 1895 and is a forum for publishers focusing on copyright issues.  It provides info on technology, design, printing, business, economics and politics.  MPA promotes relationships between music publishers, teachers, writers, merchants and musicians.  MPA is affiliated with many other trade organizations (see website for listing).  MPA is strongly connected to the National Music Publishers Association and Harry Fox Agency (NMPA/HFA.  See separate listing).  Membership is open to anyone involved in music publishing. 

Meetings are held every month in New York, except July and August.  Officers and board members are elected annually.  Fourteen MPA committees focus on such areas as:  education, finance, international affairs, music libraries, print, performance and other areas.  The awards committee sponsors the Paul Revere Award for Graphic Excellence and the Don Malin Memorial Award for Excellence in Research and Editing of Renaissance and Baroque Choral Music.

Another important feature of MPA is the Copyright Search Center.  The Copyright Search Center licenses copying and consolidates rights payments to copyright holders.  There are many links at the site including (taken directly from the MPA website):

COPYRIGHT AND FAIR USE (Stanford University)
Links to journals, magazines, newsletters and other web sites.

Individually maintained site focusing on all things relevant to copyright and the Web, including a section devoted to “Famous Copyright Infringements”.

European copyright law, sponsored by the European Bureau of Library.  Information and Document Associations (EBLIDA).

Information about copyright issues relevant to music libraries, music and education, composers and authors.  Guidelines for using software, off-air recording for educational purposes, and video use.

Provides up to the minute discussion of intellectual property and other legal issues.

Provides legal services to publishers and authors.

Full text of the U.S. copyright law, the Berne Convention Treaty, U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Documents on copyright issues, prepared by MPA.

Pertaining To COPYRIGHTS, enacted July 30, 1947 and revised October 19, 1976.

General information and publications from the United States Copyright Office.

Nashville Songwriters Association, International (NSAI)
15 Music Square West
Nashville, Tn. 37203
Phone:  (615) 256-3354
Fax: (615) 256-0034
Email: @

NSAI, founded in 1967, is a trade association devoted to songwriters in all fields of music.  Membership is 4,500 members worldwide.  NSAI sponsors a network of workshops throughout the world as well.

NOTE:  NSAI has info on primer for songwriters and songwriting tips (See website for links).
The Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc.  (NSF)
Includes: Songwriter’s Hall of Fame

P.0. Box 121775
Nashville, TN 37212-1775
Phone:  615-251-8837
Fax:  615-256-0034

NOTE:  This site includes extensive Nashville links and the online version of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Nashville Songwriters Foundation is a non-profit foundation dedicated to honoring and  preserving the songwriting legacy of the Nashville music community.  It’s goal is to educate, archive, and celebrate the contributions of the members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to the world of music. 

Governed by a 13 member board of directors, NSF inducts three songwriters each year into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  NSF presents the Manny Award for outstanding contributions to the world of songwriting.  There are currently 120 songwriters in the Songwriter Hall of Fame.  The Foundation has created a database as a definitive reference resource.

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
Los Angeles Chapter
3402 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone:  (310) 392-3777
Fax: (310) 392-2306

Email for NARAS Foundation general info:

For information on the various chapters throughout the country see:

NARAS, founded in 1957, is an organization made of up seven regional chapters with a membership of more than 11,000 musicians and other music

professionals.  NARAS is responsible for the GRAMMY Awards and many other programs.  Through the ArtsWatch link, NARAS is actively involved in such legislative issues as copyright, home taping, piracy, censorship and more.  

Also known as the Recording Academy, NARAS has formed partnerships with the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) forming the National Coalition for Music Education to promote music education across the United States.  (See separate listings for MENC and NAMM).  The Academy is a strong advocate of arts, music and culture and a strong supporter of music therapy in connection with the National Association of Music Therapists.  In addition to the seven chapters, branch offices exist in Austin, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, and plans for A Washington D.C. branch.  Plans include going international with the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

National Academy of Songwriters (NAS)
- Joining forces with Songwriter's Guild of America
6255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1023
Hollywood, CA, USA, 90028
Phone (in Ca.):  (213) 463-7178
Outside Ca.:  (800) 826-7287
Fax:  (213) 463-2146

For the Songwriter’s Musepaper click the link at NAS’s website or change the date in the URL:

NAS has a membership that includes many famous songwriters and was founded by Helen King around 1973.  NAS serves and educates upcoming songwriters and provides support for established ones.  NAS is also engaged in legislative matters involving songwriters and the music industry.

National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS)

Emmys online:

Listing of NATAS chapters throughout the country:

New York Chapter - NATAS
1560 Broadway Suit 503
New York, NY 10036
Phone:  (212) 768-7050

NOTE:  See website for scholarship info.

NATAS publishes the Television Quarterly, a journal devoted to television, and the NATAS News, a quarterly newsletter for members. 

In 1955, Ed Sullivan brought together many prominent television industry leaders in a joint concern for the future of television and NATAS was formed.  NATAS now has a membership of over 11,000 members represented by 17 chapters across the United States. 

National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

Contact: regarding the NAB Web Site.
Contact: John Earnhardt regarding NAB at                                               
National Association of Broadcasters
1771 N St, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Voice: (202) 429-5300
Fax: (202) 429-5343

For Info on NAB publications, call (800) 368-5644, or:

NOTE:  The NAB website contains a Resource Information Center with a vast array of links to radio and TV sites.

For 75 years, the National Association of Broadcasters is 75 years old, representing the radio and television industries in Congress and the media.

See the website for student, radio, television and international membership info.

Also at the NAB website:
Broadcast Education Association

Broadcast Education Association
1771 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-2891
Phone: (202) 429-5354
Marketing Manager: Judy Hawkins:

The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) was formed in 1955 with a membership of over 1250 professors from 230 colleges and universities and media professionals.

BEA publishes the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Feedback, the Journal of Radio Studies and other publications.

Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media
Office of Vice Pres. for Academic Affairs
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-1691

Department of Communication Studies

Fine Arts Building
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Phone: 717-422-3886
Fax: 717-422-3777

Journal of Radio Studies
Mass Media Department
Washburn University
Topeka, KS 66621
Phone: 913-231-1010 x 1805

NOTE:  An extensive list of members and associate members is available at the website.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)
Also known as:  International Music Products Association

(Wow! You want to see a great splash page that FINALLY uses audio the way it's meant to be. Blew me away!!)

International Music Products Association
5790 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone:  (760) 438-8001
Fax:  (760) 438-7327

NAMM was founded in 1901 and serves the music products industry with a current membership of over 6000 members internationally.  Members manufacture and sell musical products, instruments and equipment.  NAMM provides educational training to its members through NAMM University.  NAMM sponsors a massive annual trade and buying show for retailers but is not open to the public.  See the NAMM website for more info on their resource center, meetings, events, training and conferences.

Music USA is NAMM’s annual statistical review of the music products industry.  It contains data on units shipped from manufacturers to retailers in 23 product categories, as well as providing reviews of social and economic influences affecting the music industry.

National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP)

The National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) exists to promote continued education, career advancement and collegiality among record industry executives. With an emphasis on becoming better informed and more effective executives, NARIP offers professional development opportunities, educational programs and seminars, the opportunity to meet and interact with peers, a job bank, career development services, a Mentor Network and a newsletter.

NARIP membership enables executives to:

  • Broaden their knowledge about the industry, its trends, policy-making and the future.
  • Learn more about developments in specialized fields such as marketing, distribution, talent acquisition, merchandising, publicity, corporate management, finance, strategic planning and more.
  • Glean insider information.
  • Strengthen professional relationships and interact with an informed peer group.
  • Better market their record industry skills and experience for career advancement.

Past programs sponsored by NARIP management have featured top executive panels sharing their knowledge about Online Music Marketing; Film Soundtracks; Successful Record Marketing Strategies; Technology & Consumers; Artist Development; The Dynamics of Concert Tours; Records and Radio; A&R Think Tank: A Critique of the Record Industry's Talent Acquisition Practices, and Hip Hop and Urban Music Trends.

NARIP executives have provided over twelve years of comparable services to a general music industry constituency through the Los Angeles Music Network, which continues to operate independently.

The Job Bank is a keyword searchable database of employment opportunities offered by major label groups, leading independents and other sources. Additionally, members will have the option of submitting their resume to NARIP's database for employers seeking qualified executives.

Our publication, The NARIP News, features executive interviews, as well as business and technology coverage focusing on the record industry.

Annual individual membership is 0 (subject to change without notice, international applicants add USD) payable to NARIP. Membership includes a one-year subscription to The NARIP News, discounted admission to NARIP events, invitations to Members-Only exclusive functions and salons, participation in NARIP’s Mentor Network, Job Bank access and other professional development opportunities. All benefits are for the member's personal use only and are not transferable. NARIP makes no warranties or representations regarding any member's professional development or success.

President: Tess Taylor
Special Events Director: Gloria Jewett
Promotion Director: Juree Pak
Gatekeeper / Membership Coordinator: Che Wang

Post Office Box 8934
Universal City, CA 91618-8934
Tel: (818) 769-7007

National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM)
9 Eves Drive, Suite 120
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (609)596-2221
Fax: (609)596-3268
Email webmaster:

The National Association of Recording Merchandisers represents over 1200 merchandisers and distributors of prerecorded music.  Membership includes retailers, distributors, one-stops and rack jobbers and other suppliers of recorded entertainment software.  NARM has a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee focusing on policy initiatives.  Standing Committees focus on the areas of:  convention, loss prevention, merchandising, operations and scholarship.  Workgroups focus on specific issues such as DVD, Latin music, packaging, and more.  NARM sponsors an annual trade show and convention as well as other conventions and meetings. 

Publications include:  an Annual Survey; theEnvirosell Consumer Behavior Study and Music Purchasing From Record Clubs & Retail Outlets; a Channel Distribution Study; a Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide; the Sounding Boar; and the NARM Merchandising Video Magazine.

NARM pioneered the Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) as a loss prevention initiative.  The NARM Bulletin Board is a database of  product info including UPC number, artist, title, label, price, genre, deals, and configuration.  The Operations Committee is responsible for the Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) for developing standard protocols and forms.  NARM sponsors scholarship programs, merchandising campaigns, and represents members in legislative and public matters.  NARM has ties to international organizations like the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), the British Association of Record Dealers (BARD), the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and the Canadian Music Retailers Association (CMRA), and many others.

NOTE:  See the NARM website for detailed info on conventions, programs, initiatives, news, members and other NARM activities and plans.

NARM On-Line is developed and maintained by Muze Inc., New York, N.Y.  Muze provides over 3000 multimedia kiosks to the entertainment retail industry. Muze publishes PhonoLog, a widely used recorded music reference guide containing more than 250,000 album titles and over two million song titles. Muze also publishes VideoLog.

Muze @
Muze Inc.
304 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013.

National Center for Popular Music  (NCPM)

NOTE:  No address available at website as of May, 1998.  NCPM operates out of Sheffield, England and Tilberg, Holland.  NCPM’s website is currently under development as of 5/98. 

telephone +44 114 279 8941
fax +44 114 249 4328

(From NCPM’s website):  “In the effort to extend the possibilities of a cultural/musical meeting place three local organizations have launched a daring new plan; a new building and new organization to create a complete center for popular music.  The three organizations are Noorderligt, Bat Cave and one for musicians aid (rehearsal facilities, presentations, recording, clerical and financial aid called MuziekKantenWinkel - translated:  store for musicians).

The National Center for Popular Music is the first of its kind, with plans that include a music school, rehearsal facilities, restaurant, library, workshops and more.  Programs include interaction with top names as well as local musicians, writers and performers.  Its mission is primarily educational and interactive with an emphasis on the multi-cultural.   Its goal is to be a complete center for pop music.

National Music Publisher’s Association and Harry Fox Agency (NMPA/HFA)
711 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 370-5330
Fax: (212) 953-2384
Email Client Services:

NMPA started in 1917 and represents more than 18,000 American music publishers in legislative, legal and educational matters especially related to copyright.  The Harry Fox Agency, founded in 1927 by NMPA, is a clearinghouse and monitoring service for music licensing throughout the world.  It licenses music on records, tapes and Cds as well as use in film, commercials, television and other media.                          

NMPA played a leading role in the Copyright Act of 1976, as well as a number of amendments added since then.   NMPA sponsors many forums in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville, and publishes News & Views.

See the NMPA/HFA website for info on membership, forums, the 1998 Statutory Mechanical Rate, copyright and statistical info.  A list of press releases is also available.

Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
One Key Plaza
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10104.

Membership info:

Employment Opportunities
Human Resources Department
RRHOF+M, 1 Key Plaza
Cleveland, OH 44114.

Museum’s Job Line:  (216) 515-1911 (Press “2,” then “4”).

Other questions:

See the website for many more contacts with email addresses.  The website offers an opportunity to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame online.  Browsers can take a virtual tour of the museum.  Also at the site is a listing of “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.”

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

1330 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C.  20036
Phone:  202-775-0101
Fax:  202-775-7253
Email webmaster:

For statistical info, legislation, industry events, etc.:
RIAA Information Service

RIAA was founded in 1952.  Its 250 members are responsible for the creation, manufacturing and distribution of 90 percent of all sound recordings in the United States.  RIAA is a leading advocate of the industry and representative in legislative matters.  The RIAA is the official certification agency for gold, platinum and multi-platinum record awards.

See the RIAA website for detailed info on music industry statistics and legislative matters.

Hilary B. Rosen is President and CEO.

Songwriter’s Guild of America  (SGA)

Guild Offices:

1500 Harbor Blvd.
Weehawken, NJ 07087-6732
Phone:  (201) 867-7603
Fax:  (201) 867-7535

6430 Sunset Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone:  (213) 462-1108
Fax:  (213) 462-5430

1222 16th Avenue South Suite 25
Nashville, TN 37212
Phone:  (615) 329-1782
Fax:  (615) 329-2623

Songwriters Guild Foundation
1560 Broadway Suite 1306
New York, NY 10036
Phone:  (212) 768-7902
Fax:  (212) 768-9048

NOTE:  See website for complete listing of services and explanation of SGA contract contents.

Songwriters Guild of America was founded in 1931 by Billy Rose, George M. Meyer, and Edgar Leslie.  It is the nation’s oldest and most respected songwriting organization.  Nearly every songwriter since then has become a member.  The Guild is governed by a Board of volunteer songwriters.  Expenses are paid through fully tax-deductible annual dues and commissions.  In 1932 SGA issued the first Standard Uniform Popular Songwriters Contract.  SGA was instrumental in the passage of the Copyright Act of 1976.  From this initiative the Copyright Royalty Tribunal (CRT) was born. 

In association with the National Music Publisher’s Association and the Recording Industry Association of America, the Guild has successfully lobbied the Copyright Tribunal on several occasions resulting in ongoing royalty rate increases.  The Guild remains a major voice for songwriters in the political and economic arenas by addressing such issues as home taping, source licensing, derivative rights, author’s moral rights, the deductibility of business expenses, compulsory license, and copyright registration fees.

Box 227, Ganges Post Office
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Telephone/Fax: (250) 537-1286

TSUNAMI, a registered non-profit society, promotes and fosters the development and appreciation of unsung ~ often teenage ~ artists and musicians.

Since 1997, TSUNAMI (The Society for Unsung New Art and Music Innovators) has found a vital focus in nurturing young and emerging talent ~ providing increasing opportunities for self-expression and growth through live concerts and performances, exhibitions, publishing, recording, study, work experience and mentoring. TSUNAMI’s activities bridge youthful (often teenage) participation with that of older, more experienced, artists who create outside the commercial mainstream.

TSUNAMI's web-site contains helpful and inspiring resource links for songwriters, musicians, poets, and a range of artists. As well, it contains music and arts news and a calendar that is continually updated to reflect the society's expanding activities. In reaching out to help the young and the unsung, TSUNAMI welcomes ideas, input and energy from all creative sources.

U.S. Copyright Office

Public Information Office: (202) 707-3000
Forms Hotline: (202) 707-9100
Fax-on-Demand: (202) 707-2600
Library of Congress:

The U. S. Copyright Office Library of Congress 101 Independence Avenue, S. E. Washington, DC. 20559-6000

Mission Statement of Copyright Office:
“To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries”  (U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8)

NOTE:  Because much of the U.S. Copyright info is enacted by law, it remains unedited as follows:

What Is a Copyright?
It is a principle of American law that an author of a work may reap the fruits of his or her intellectual creativity for a limited period of time. Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. “Copyright” literally means the right to copy. The term has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by statute to authors for protection of their work. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and, in the case of certain works, publicly perform or display the work; to prepare derivative works; or to license others to engage in the same acts under specific terms and conditions. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, slogan, principle, or discovery.

Role of the Copyright Office
The Copyright Office provides expert assistance to Congress on intellectual property matters; advises Congress on anticipated changes in U.S. copyright law; analyzes and assists in the drafting of copyright legislation and legislative reports and provides and undertakes studies for Congress; offers advice to Congress on compliance with multilateral agreements such as the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works; works with the State Department, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, and the Patent and Trademark Office in providing technical expertise in negotiations for international intellectual property agreements; provides technical assistance to other countries in developing their own copyright laws; and through its International Copyright Institute, promotes worldwide understanding and cooperation in providing protection for intellectual property.

The Copyright Office is also an office of record, a place where claims to copyright are registered and where documents relating to copyright may be recorded when the requirements of the copyright law are met. The Copyright Office furnishes information about the provisions of the copyright law and the procedures for making registration, explains the operations and practices of the Copyright Office, and reports on facts found in the public records of the Office. The Office also administers various compulsory licensing provisions of the law, which include collecting royalties.

Additionally, the Copyright Office and the Library of Congress administer the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels, which meet for limited times for the purpose of adjusting rates and distributing royalties.

Brief History of the Copyright Office
The Constitution gives Congress the power to enact laws establishing a system of copyright in the United States. Congress enacted the first Federal copyright law in May 1790, and the first work was registered within two weeks. Originally, claims were recorded by Clerks of U.S. District Courts. Not until 1870 were copyright functions centralized in the Library of Congress under the direction of the then Librarian of Congress Ainsworth Rand Spofford. The Copyright Office became a separate department of the Library of Congress in 1897, and Thorvald Solberg was appointed the first Register of Copyrights.

Today the Copyright Office is one of the major service units of the Library of Congress. With public offices located at 101 Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C., the Office occupies portions of the James Madison Memorial Building and employs more than 400 people. In fiscal year 1994, the Office registered more than 530,332 claims to copyright and mask works, and collected for later distribution to copyright holders nearly 0,000,000 in cable television, satellite carrier, and Audio Home Recording Act compulsory license funds. As of fiscal year 1994, the Copyright Office has recorded 25,733,511 registrations.   (Call or email the Copyright Office for 1998 and other yearly figures.  A round figure estimate places the number of registrations at about 5-600,000 a year).

Mission of the Copyright Office
Although the purpose of the copyright system has always been to promote creativity in society, the mission of the Copyright Office has grown to include:  administering the copyright law; creating and maintaining a public record through registration of claims and recordation of documents, including those related to compulsory licenses; providing technical assistance to the Congress and to Executive Branch agencies; providing information services to the public serving as a resource to the domestic and international copyright communities; serving as a resource to the domestic and international copyright communities; supporting the Library of Congress by obtaining and making available deposits for the Library’s  collections; administration of the Copyright Law.

The Office of the Register of Copyrights The Register of Copyrights serves the nation by providing advice to Congress, drafting legislation, preparing technical studies, and administering the copyright law. The Register of Copyrights also serves as Associate Librarian of Congress for Copyright Services.

Assisting the Register of Copyrights are the Copyright General Counsel and the Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs, who provide legal advice and counsel to the Register.

The Associate Register for National Copyright Programs works with the Register on development and implementation of an electronic copyright registration, recordation, and deposit system (CORDS).

The Associate Register for Operations shares with the Register in the planning and directions of the Copyright Office with responsibility for the operation and administration of the Office’s six Divisions and the implementation of new automated techniques and systems.

The Register’s Office also oversees the administration of the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel (CARP) process.

Receiving and Processing Division
This Division receives all incoming mail and dispatches all outgoing mail. It records and deposits payments for copyright fees; creates automated in-process records for all claims and fees received; establishes and maintains deposit accounts; routes applications for registration of copyright; handles incomplete claims; maintains files on all office correspondence cases; assigns copyright registration numbers; and creates and mails certificates of registration.

Examining Division
The Examining Division examines all applications, copies, phonorecords, and other material presented to the Copyright Office for the registration of original and renewal copyright claims to determine their acceptability for registration under the provisions of the copyright law and the Copyright Office regulations. It resolves errors, omissions, and inconsistencies in claims by communicating with the applicant by letter or phone. Through legal and factual research, the Division develops policies and practices in order to administer the copyright law and provide guidance to examiners and the public. The Division also examines claims to mask work protection filed under the Semiconductor Chip Protection Act of 1984.

Cataloging Division
The Cataloging Division records the bibliographic descriptions and the copyright facts of all works registered in the Copyright Office as well as the copyright facts of all works deposited in the Office in order to be in compliance with the copyright law but not registered, thus providing effective reference access to all information of record relating to registrations, deposits, recorded assignments, and other documents.

Information and Reference Division
This Division provides public information and reference services concerning copyrights. It responds to all copyright information and reference requests from the public; produces and supplies Copyright Office forms and publications; furnishes search reports based on Copyright Office records; prepares certifications and other legal documents; provides for the inspection of works submitted for copyright registration; prepares authorized reproductions of works submitted for registration; and preserves, maintains, and services copyright-related records including the deposits registered.

Licensing Division
The Licensing Division is in charge of administering compulsory and statutory licenses. These licenses are issued for secondary transmissions by cable systems; for making and distributing of phonorecords; for the use of certain works in connection with non-commercial broadcasting; for secondary transmissions by satellite carriers for private home viewing; and for the distribution of digital audio recording devices or media. The Division collects royalty fees from cable operators for retransmitting television and radio broadcasts; from satellite carriers for retransmitting “superstation” and network signals; and from importers or manufacturers who distribute digital audio recording devices or media in the United States. After deducting its full operating costs, the Licensing Division invests the balance in interest-bearing securities with the U.S. Treasury for later distribution to copyright owners.

Copyright Acquisitions Division
The Copyright Acquisitions Division is responsible for using and enforcing the mandatory deposit requirement of the Copyright Act of 1976 and Copyright Office regulations to acquire works needed for the collections of the Library of Congress. In keeping with the nature of its mission and workload, the Division operates under the direction of the Associate Register for National Copyright Programs and the Library’s Director for Acquisitions and Support Services.

Creation and Maintenance of the Public Record
The archives maintained by the Copyright Office are an important record of America’s cultural and historical heritage. Containing nearly 41 million individual cards, the Copyright Card Catalog housed in the James Madison Memorial Building comprises an index to copyright registrations in the United States from 1870 through 1977. The Copyright Card Catalog together with post-1977 automated files provide an index to copyright registrations in the United States from 1870 to the present. A large part of the literary, musical, artistic, and scientific production of the United States and of many foreign countries is recorded in these files. They are an important supplement to the Main Catalog of the Library of Congress as a research tool.

Other records that supplement the Copyright Card Catalog include the Catalog of Copyright Entries, which is in effect the Copyright Card Catalog published in book form from July 1, 1891, through 1978 and, from 1979 through 1982, in microfiche. These records from 1978 forward are available for searching over Internet. Additionally, approximately 150,000 copyright registrations from 1790 through 1870 were registered in the Office of the Clerk of each U.S. District Court.  Most of these records are available on microfilm in the Copyright Office.

Researchers may also investigate the ownership of a copyright by examining the Assignment and Related Documents Index and the Copyright Office History Documents, an online file, and may obtain copies of original applications and documents.

The Licensing Division maintains public records of transactions related to the compulsory licenses it administers including the secondary transmission of copyrighted works on cable television systems and by satellite carriers for private home viewing; the making and distributing of phonorecords; the use of certain works in connection with non-commercial broadcasting; public performance of copyrighted music on jukeboxes from 1978-1989; and initial notices of distribution filed by importers or manufacturers of digital audio recording devices or media.

Technical Assistance to Congress As a service unit of the Library of Congress, the Copyright Office is part of the legislative branch of government. The Office provides copyright policy advice to Congress. At the request of Congress, the Copyright Office drafts legislation, comments on proposed legislation, and prepares substantial studies of copyright-related issues.

Information Services to the Public
The public may visit the Copyright Public Information Office or call at (202) 707-3000. Recorded information on copyright is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information specialists are on duty to answer questions by phone or in person from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday-Friday, except Federal holidays. The Copyright Office Forms Hotline number, (202) 707-9100, is available 24 hours a day to accept requests for specific registration application forms and for informational circulars. Address written inquiries to Publication Section, LM-455, Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20559-6000.

For a fee, members of the public may obtain additional certificates of registration and certified copies of Office records. Copies of deposits may be obtained upon the request of the owner of the copyright in the deposit, by an attorney in connection with litigation involving the copyrighted work, and through a court order issued by a court having jurisdiction in a case in which the copy is to be submitted as evidence. For a fee, the Office will conduct searches of the records and prepare reports on the copyright facts of registrations and recordations. In addition, the Office will assist the public in using the public records of the Office.

Resource to the Domestic and International Communities
The Copyright Office promotes improved copyright protection for U.S. creative works abroad. The International Copyright Institute (ICI), created within the Copyright Office by Congress in 1988, provides training for high-level officials from developing and newly industrialized countries and encourages development of effective intellectual property laws and enforcement overseas.

The Copyright Office actively cooperates with U.S. business interest and the Department of State in matters concerning international copyright relations, proclamations, and treaties. The Register and her staff work with other U.S. government agencies and international organizations to promote adequate and effective protection of U.S. copyright works internationally. In addition to the Department of State, the Office works with the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in negotiating with foreign countries to improve the copyright protection afforded U.S. authors in these foreign countries, either in bilateral copyright treaties or trade agreements or in multilateral efforts. Support to the Library of Congress In 1870, Congress passed a law that centralized the copyright system in the Library of Congress.  No legislation was more important to the development of the Library than that law, which required all authors to deposit in the Library two copies of every book, pamphlet, map, print, and piece of music registered in the United States.

That partnership, created more than 125 years ago, has served the nation well. Supplying the information needs of the Congress, the Library of Congress has become the world’s largest library and America’s national library. This great repository of more than 110 million books, photographs, maps, films, documents, sound recordings, computer programs, and other items has been created largely through the operations of the copyright system, which brings deposits of every copyrighted work into the Library. In one recent year alone, the value of these deposits was over .5 million.

The Copyright Office also serves as an advisor to the Library on all copyright issues, including those related to the National Digital Library Program. It supports the collection development needs of the Library through Office deposit regulations. Its partnership extends to many joint projects, such as the current program to register and deposit copies electronically.

World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD)

Mill Lane Box Nr
Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 8PN
United Kingdom
Phone: 01225 743188
Fax: 01225 743481

NOTE:  WOMAD, Peter Gabriel and Radio Real World are spoken of in the same breath.  Radio Real World branches into Radio Real Records and Radio Real Studios.  Info is available at the following site:

Radio Real World

WOMAD, started by Peter Gabriel in 1980, brings together music, arts and dance from cultures all over the world.  WOMAD sponsors the WOMAD Festival with over 90 events all over the world.  Peter Gabriel is a founding member of the group, Genesis, and a major artist in his own right.

The WOMAD Foundation is an educational charity, established in 1983 by Thomas Brooman and Bob Hooton to “promote, maintain, improve and advance education in world cultures and multicultural education.”  The WOMAD Foundation sponsors educational workshops all over the world. 

World Wide Web Music Database

This site includes a massive array of other music links some not found anywhere else:

The database is searchable by album, artist, track, person, style of music, language and country .

World Wide Web Virtual Library:  Music Department

This site contains references to the biggest music-related meta-information catalogues on the Internet.  It does not intend to be a comprehensive catalogue of specific music resources.  References to specific resources, such as artists’ homepages, are updated on request.

This one is a bit difficult to get around in so you might want to try to keyword search the WWW Virtual Library + subject if you're looking for something in particular.

NOTE:  There are dozens more organizations, associations, etc., in the areas of Education, World Music, Ethnomusicology, Archives, Copyright, Entertainment Law, and other areas, nationally and internationally.

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