- Smithsonian Global Sound
Smithsonian Global Sound (SGS) is the digital archive project of the
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage(SCFCH). Its stated mission is to preserve and disseminate a wide range of the world's music. By making the archives of the SCFCH and its partner organizations available for online purchase and downloading, Smithsonian Global Sound brings the promotion and preservation of local traditions into the global digital age.
Part of SGS’s mission is to support local musicians and traditions from around the globe through international recognition, the payment of royalties, and partnership with regional archives. SGS collaborates with institutions around the planet to record, catalog and digitize music and other verbal arts and distribute them via the Internet. It promotes the honoring of intellectual-property rights of composers, musicians, and producers by ensuring that royalties are paid to artists and institutions, internationally.
Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritagebegan the mission of recording, archiving, and distributing the world's music in 1987, the year it acquired Folkways Recordsand its archive of 2,168 album titles. The Center maintains the original catalog in print, along with some 300 titles, newly recorded or re-released from the archive.
In February 2005, Smithsonian Global Sound was created to digitize this vast collection of recordings and make it available in new media. It now offers nearly the entire Folkways and
Smithsonian Folkways Recordingscatalogues and the collections of two regional archives: the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE), founded in 1982 to preserve collections of Indian music and oral traditions in New Delhi, India and the International Library of African Music (ILAM), established in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1954 as a repository of African music.
Global Sound plans on extending its offerings through agreements with other archives of traditional and classical music. To deliver high-quality audio, SGS assists partner-archives in acquiring digital recording and processing equipment and supporting technical training in its use. Global Sound is currently in negotiation with other archives and organizations from around the world for partnership with SGS. The Smithsonian has agreements for various online music vendors such as iTunes and eMusic, as well as a partnership with
Alexander Street Pressfor use by universities.
The Creativity and Culture Program and the Program Investment Fund of the
Rockefeller Foundationand the Paul Allen Foundation for Music have both provided initial support to Smithsonian Global Sound.
[http://www.globalsound.org Smithsonian Global Sound]
[http://www.folkways.si.edu/index.html Smithsonian Folkways Recordings]
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