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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Register NOW for the 48th
Annual ARSC Conference

Check out this year's program, workshops, and events to take place in Chapel Hill, NC, May 14-17. Register online today!
Arrow gif HOTEL UPDATE: Our room block at the Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel is SOLD-OUT. We have arranged for overflow rooms at the Quality Inn Chapel Hill, located at 1740 North Fordham Blvd., just two blocks from the Sheraton.


Dennis D. Rooney will present Liberace: Entertainer at the Piano, Thursday, April 24th, 7pm at the CUNY Sonic Arts Center. Read more...

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

A Circle and a "C": One Hundred Years of Recorded Music in American Copyright ARSC is sincerely grateful to guest blogger, Bruce Epperson, for his year-long, 35 part series of posts to the ARSC Blog. We have enjoyed his informative and entertaining rendering of the long and winding road of copyright in the 20th century. The final segment has just been posted! Thank You Bruce!

The Spring Edition of the ARSC Newsletter has sprung!

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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