Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.  » learn more


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The 49th Annual ARSC Conference Audio Recordings are here! The ARSC community recognizes the research value of these recordings and we take pride in making them available to members. Special thanks to all of this year's fantastic presenters for sharing their work!

Members can access recordings here.
Read presentation abstracts here.
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ARSC New York Chapter September Meeting
The ARSC NY Chapter hosts Joseph Patrych and Jon M. Samuels presenting, Earl Wild at 100: The Man; The Musician; The Personality, Sept. 17th, 7pm at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center, NYC. Read more...

ARSC is excited to present this video recording of Recent Developments in Cylinder Audio Preservation, presented at the 2015 ARSC Annual Conference by David Giovannoni, Rebecca Feynberg, John Levin, and Nicholas Bergh!

IN THE NEWS: Former ARSC President, Vincent Pelote, Director of Operations at the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University. Read article here!

The Summer 2015 ARSC Newsletter is here!

AVPreserve has released its Guide to Developing a Request for Proposal for the Digitization of Audio in association with ARSC's new publication...

Image: guide cover ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation
Sam Brylawski, Maya Lerman, Robin Pike, Kathlin Smith, editors
May 2015, 240 pp.
ISBN 978-1-932326-50-5
CLIR pub 164
PDF Download of Report

ARSC Blog features an entertaining article by Uncle Dave Lewis describing his detective work to uncover a 1920's female musical group. Check out Found at Last: The Orloff Trio.

The theme of the 2016 Joint Technical Symposium is Sustainable Audiovisual Collections Through Collaboration. JTS 2016 is organized by the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) and will be hosted by the South East Asia Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) and the National Archives of Singapore (NAS), March 7-9, 2016. The website is, and a Call for Papers is here. Proposals are due by September 19, 2015.

Grammy Foundation Grant proposals are being accepted until October 1, 2015. Application instructions are available at

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