This digital collection consists of 1,454 pieces of African American sheet music dating from 1820s through present day. Searchable by keyword, and browsable by title, subject, or its creator or contributor.
Focuses on performers and composers of opera, art songs, and spirituals produced for concerts. Includes biographies, chronology, bibliography, suggested web resources, and a list of research centers and special collections.
Features an interactive timeline of African American music genres spanning 1600 to 2000. Each genre entry includes digitized archival material, musical samples, and an about page (with definition, context and history, musical feature/performance style, lyrics, and notable performers sections). Webpage includes a tab titled "Artists" that features biographical profiles.
Musicmakers section features profiles of persons who have composed, performed, and promoted music ranging from country to classical to doo wop and including lyricists, music executives, pianists, and orchestra conductors, among others. Paid members gain access to full length video clips among other benefits.