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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ARSC 49th Annual Conference
May 27-30, 2015 | Pittsburgh, PA
  Call for Papers: All are enthusiastically invited to submit a presentation proposal! Due Jan. 5th
 Pre-Conference Workshop: From Idea to Deliverable: Planning and Executing Your Grant-Funded Project
 Travel Grant: Apply by Dec. 5th


Marching to Zion: Celebrating and Preserving Black Sacred Music is the theme of the 2014 Pruit Symposium hosted by Baylor University from October 23-25, 2014. Read more...

 2015 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Eligible publications include any original work first published in 2014. View guidelines for submitting your nomination here. The deadline is December 31st.
 The ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded in recognition of a life's work in research and publication.
 The ARSC Award for Distinguished Service to Historic Recordings honors outstanding contributions to the field, outside of published works or discographic research. For more information please click here.

World Day for AudioVisual Heritage October 27, 2014
ARSC WANTS YOU to celebrate World Day for AudioVisual Heritage by sharing your passion for saving recorded sound. This year's theme is "Archives at Risk: Much More to Do." Check out the World Day Website to find an event or post one you're hosting. Read more...

The 78 Project Movie
Check out upcoming screenings showing around the country now through November. The 78 Project is a documentary of today's musicians recording with yesterday's technology. "Musicians are given one take to cut a record anywhere they choose."

Handling and Storage of Audio and Video Carriers (IASA-TC 05), edited by Dietrich Schüller and Albrecht Häfner has been published by the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA). Click here for details.

An Evening at the New York Philharmonic Archives The ARSC New York Chapter is kicking off its fall season with an event at the New York Philharmonic Archives on October 16th at 7pm. Speakers will discuss the recently completed GRAMMY Foundation Grant to digitize and preserve 36 radio broadcasts from 1932-1948 on lacquer discs. Sorry, reservations are closed. Click here for details.

2014 Conference Audio Available! Audio recordings from the 2014 ARSC Conference in Chapel Hill, NC are now available online. (Current ARSC membership is required for access.) Click here to review the conference program abstracts.

ARSC Launches New Diversity Outreach Committee The Diversity Outreach Committee will work to further enrich ARSC by cultivating diversity in its leadership, membership, scholarship and all activities. The Diversity Outreach Committee is currently recruiting members to assist in this mission. Please contact committee chair, Bill Doggett, if you're interested!

ARSC Audio Preservation & Restoration Directory UPDATED!
The ARSC Technical Committee has released its latest edition of the Audio Preservation & Restoration Directory. Keep this valuable resource handy for your projects and for referring others.

ARSC is pleased to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound with our annual Awards for Excellence. Congratulations to all of this year's recipients on their exceptional work! And the winners are...

19th SEAPAVAA Conference and General Assembly, 2015 will be held in Singapore, Philippines, hosted by the Asian Film Archive April 22-28, 2015. This year's theme will be Advocate, Connect, Engage. Watch for the Call For Papers and more conference information to be posted on the SEAPAVAA Website

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