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 Summer ARSC Newsletter is HOT off the press!

The ARSC 49th Annual Conference will be held May 27-30, 2015, in Pittsburgh, PA! Check back here for details as they develop!

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

ARSC 2014 Research Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's Research Grants awarded by ARSC:
Josh Garrett-Davis for his project titled, "Resounding: American Indians and Audio Technology, 1890-1969"
Jeff McMillan for his project titled, "Discovering Edison's Grand Opera series 1905-1907"
Daniel Margolies for his project on Texas conjuto recordings

ARSC President, Tim Brooks, elected 2014 President and Chairman of CCAAA
Formed by UNESCO, the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) is an international coalition of eight organizations (including ARSC!) representing the interests of professional archivists who work with audiovisual materials of all kinds. The goal of the CCAAA is to promote the preservation of and access to audiovisual materials worldwide. It is a U.N.-accredited NGO and is involved in projects such as UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, the World Day of Audiovisual Heritage, the Archives at Risk project, and WIPO copyright conferences. It also organizes a Joint Technical Symposium of A/V experts every few years. Read more about CCAAA here.

Did Bix Record a Film Soundtrack?
ARSC is pleased to announce guest blogger David Drazin's entertaining investigative article detailing evidence that maybe that "hot jazz" sound is a previously unknown recording of Bix Beiderbecke! Check out this multimedia post on the ARSC Blog and share your thoughts!

The ARSC Board is proud to announce the recipient of the 2014 Award for Distinguished Service to ARSC, which recognizes exceptional contributions to the association. Dr. Michael "Mike" Biel is one of ARSC's best known and longest-serving members, having joined in the early 1970s and served as President, Program Chair, and in numerous other positions. He wrote a long-running column for the ARSC Journal between 1977-1986, and he has presented engaging and informative papers at virtually every ARSC conference for the last 30 years, on a variety of subjects. He has also recorded, on his own initiative, virtually every presentation given by anyone at the conferences since the late 1970s, first on audio, more recently via video. In recent years he has been assisted in this project by his daughter, Leah Biel. ARSC and Dr. Biel are currently working on a plan to digitize this treasure trove of learning in order to make it available to all.

ARSC 2014 Preservation Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's Grants for Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings:
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Jorge Antunes
Carol Seymour and David Drazin

Proposed changes to ARSC Bylaws: Electronic Voting The Ad Hoc Committee on Online Elections proposes to revise the Bylaws to remove language that restricts voting to mail-in ballots and allow for the option of electronic voting. Certain other minor changes are also proposed. See the full Proposal and instructions for members to cast their vote on the changes, here.

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