Indiana University is a major research center for the study of black music. In addition to the Archives of African American Music and Culture, the Bloomington campus offers the following programs and collections:
One of the premier university performing arts programs in the nation, the AAAI seeks to promote and preserve African American culture through performance, education, creative activity, research, and outreach. The AAAI’s performing ensembles include the IU Soul Revue, the African American Dance Company, and the African American Choral Ensemble.
The multidisciplinary Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies creates and shares with academic and nonacademic communities’ scholarship of the highest quality dealing with the broad range of the African American and African diasporic experience.
The largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the U.S., the ATM is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the world's music and oral traditions. The collection includes cylinders, audio and video tapes, as well as original manuscripts, correspondence, and field materials of some of the field's most influential scholars. Holdings include field recordings of early African American music in addition to thousands of commercial recordings of popular music including jazz and blues.
The BFC is a repository of films and related materials by and about African Americans. Included are films which have substantial participation by African Americans as writers, actors, producers, directors, musicians, and consultants, as well as those which depict some aspect of black experience.
The internationally recognized Ethnomusicology Institute emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of music and culture throughout the world. Course offerings cover various facets of African American sacred and secular music traditions.
The Indiana University Libraries homepage provides links to all campus libraries and collections as well as IUCAT, the online catalog, and other databases and services.
A branch of the IU Libraries, the BCC Library is a distinguished reference and information center that provides networking, cultural research, and bibliographic instruction and learning for students, faculty, and staff.
The Cook Music Library, recognized as one of the largest academic music libraries in the United States with over 600,000 items, serves the world-renowned Jacobs School of Music and Bloomington Campus of Indiana University. The library’s Black Music Collection, established in 1970, includes over 3,000 books, scores, and recordings.
Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and culture.
Developed by WGBH to accompany the PBS documentary.
A collaboration between the AARP, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), and the Library of Congress.
Developed with support from the Society for American Music, the music section of this site includes sacred, secular, and classical music resources
Music review website sponsored by the Archives of African American Music and Culture.
Hosted by NPR, this site offers news, articles, and links to radio programs in various genres including rock, pop, jazz, classical, hip hop, r&b/soul, folk, Latin, world, and electronic/dance music.
This popular urban culture magazine’s website provides news, reviews, videos and articles relating primarily to hip hop and R&B music.
Guide compiled by Columbia University Libraries African Studies Department.
Source for information about Afro-Cuban/Latin music.
A weekly public radio program showcasing the contemporary musical cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.
Memphis-based organization whose mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, and expand worldwide awareness of the blues.
British-based site offering a diverse range of topics from history, research and publications to artists and festivals.
Links to composers, performers and scholars of African American art songs.
Guide to black history and classical music with biographies, discographies, teacher's guide and extensive links.
Focus on African American composers and performers and on the vocal forms they influenced.
Comprehensive reference guide to recorded works available on compact discs (infrequently updated).
Clearinghouse for information and products pertaining to black gospel music.
Gospel music industry site offering news, reviews, interviews, and artist profiles.
Industry organization site covering gospel and contemporary Christian artists.
Online resource for gospel rap music offering a searchable database with biographical and discographical information.
Online resource for gospel music news, reviews, and scholarship.
Contemporary gospel music.
Searchable access to recording of over 3,800 Negro Spiritual settings performed by solo Classical vocalists.
Blog and research guide by Oberlin music librarian Kathleen Abromeit.
Focuses on the history of hip hop, from its emergence in the Bronx in the 1970s through the present.
History, commentary, and interviews from radio personality and hip hop activist, historian, and scholar Davey D.
Harvard University site featuring online exhibitions, news, a blog, and searchable bibliography.
Guide to hip hop resources worldwide.
Online magazine of hip hop music offering news, interviews, music criticism and news News, Interviews, Music & Reviews.
Website featuring videos, music, news, photos, and more covering Hip Hop culture.
Site provides a searchable database of song lyrics submitted by listeners.
Urban culture and entertainment publication covering hip hop music.
This popular hip hop magazine’s website offers articles, music reviews, news, and lists of new releases.
Newsletter, articles, event calendars, and directories.
Website hosted by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz devoted to education.
Web site hosted by PBS offering interactive exhibits documenting the history of jazz in America, biographies with audio, and links to other jazz-related PBS programs.
Smithsonian Education site providing access to event calendars, multimedia materials, biographies, reading lists, and exhibition information.
Website hosted by PBS for The Blues educational outreach campaign, created by Experience Music Project, providing lesson plans for the integration of blues music, culture, and history into grades 9-12 classrooms.
A commercial site offering educational hip hop resources for use in the classroom, including lesson plans and audiovisual materials.
Public school-based jazz curriculum with lesson plans sponsored by the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.
Offers lesson plans, listening guides, live streaming, and digital classroom modules on the history of rock and roll.
Extensive artist biographies and discographies as well as informative essays on many popular music genres including jazz, reggae, blues, rap, and gospel.
A hub for all things funk including concerts, news, and album reviews.
Photographs and biographies of Motown artists.
Founded by soul music historian/author/reissue producer David Nathan, this site provides a mixture of current and archival content covering both contemporary and classic R&B and soul music artists, including reviews and interviews.
Online newsletter offering news, interviews, biographies, and reviews.
Website devoted to the Afro-punk movement, movie, and festival; includes band profiles, a blog, and community forums.
The oldest and largest organization devoted to supporting and promoting African American rockers; includes concert announcements, podcasts, photo galleries, and information on how to join the BRC.