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 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.

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

Rest In Peace Harold Battiste, 1931-2015
ARSC members had the privilege of hearing from Mr. Battiste in a panel discussion at the 44th Annual ARSC Conference in New Orleans, 2010: New Orleans Veteran Record Makers Panel Dave Bartholomew, Harold Battiste, Bob French, Wardell Quezergue Ira "Dr. Ike" Padnos, moderator Listen now...

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.

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

Announcing the 2015 ARSC Research Grant Recipients! Grant projects range from the portrayal of environmental sounds, Sun Ra recordings, musical pantomime, to music and the cultural diplomacy. Read more...

The 2015 ARSC Preservation Grant has been awarded to The National Library of Serbia for digital preservation of cassette tape recordings of opera performances recorded by Professor Husnija Kurtovic between 1969 and 1989. ARSC awards preservation grants annually to support preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music. Read more about ARSC Preservation Grants here.

The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB) has launched their new website, providing access to a digitized collection of American public radio and television content dating back to the 1950s. The website will initially provide access to the 2.5 million records created during the American Archive Content Inventory Project. By October, video and audio content will be publicly accessible online.

Open Source Digital Preservation Tools
Check out these new free resources:
 Indiana University has released a media preservation prioritization software package: MediaSCORE (Media Selection: Condition, Obsolescence, and Risk Evaluation) and MediaRIVERS (Media Research and Instructional Value Evaluation and Ranking System). Available here.
 AMIA has made its 2014 Open Source Digital Preservation and Access Stream presentations available online.
 NEH has made this video addressing the urgency of AV preservation, the importance of access, and NEH grant programming to support action. View it here.

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