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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May 11-14, 2016 | Bloomington, IN

Pre-conference Workshop May 10-11:
A two-day audio archiving boot camp based on the recently published ARSC Guide to Audio Preservation will be held in IU's new facility for the Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative.

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ARSC New York Chapter February Meeting
The ARSC NY Chapter presents Fritz Busch: A Career in Exile - March 3, 1933 and Beyond, presented by Gary Thalheimer, Feb. 18th, 7:00pm at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center, NYC. Read more...

   Deadline Approaching!    ARSC Research Grant Applications are being accepted through Feb. 29th. Application guidelines are available here.

Radio Preservation Task Force Conference
Saving America's Radio Heritage: Radio Preservation, Access, and Education is the theme of this two day NRPP conference to be held Friday, Feb. 26th, at the Library of Congress and Saturday, Feb. 27th, at the University of Maryland College Park. For more information go to

CLIR Digitizing Hidden Special Collections
CLIR is now accepting applications for the 2016 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections Awards in support of digitizing collections of rare and unique content in cultural memory institutions. Proposals for 2017 projects are due April 5, 2016. Informational webinars for applicants will be held Feb. 2nd, March 2nd, and March 16th. See this press release for more information.

FY2015 Preservation Statistics Survey
This survey, to document and analyze the preservation activities of cultural heritage institutions in the United States, is now open. Any library or archives in the United States conducting preservation activities is encouraged to participate in this survey which will be open through March 4, 2016. For more information, visit the Preservation Statistics website.

The ARSC Fall/Winter Newsletter, Number 139 is here! Read about the ARSC 50th Anniversary Conference and more!

2015 ARSC Award Recipients Announced!
ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. View winning publications.
The 2015 ARSC Service Awards go to Tony Russell (Lifetime Achievement Award), and Marcos Lacerda (Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings Award). Read more...

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive Launched!
The University of California Santa Barbara has launched its new Cylinder Audio Archive. Read more here.

ARSC New York Chapter Videos!
The next in our series of ARSC NY Chapter videos is published: A Centennial Tribute to Jorge Bolet, presented by Joe Patrych and Jon M. Samuels, recorded at CUNY on Nov. 20, 2014.

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