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About ARC

ARChive of Contemporary Music

Board of Advisors
David Bowie
Jellybean Benitez
Jonathan Demme
Michael Feinstein
Ellie Greenwich
Jerry Leiber
Youssou N’Dour
Lou Reed
Keith Richards
Nile Rodgers
Todd Rundgren
Fred Schneider
Martin Scorsese
Paul Simon
Mike Stoller
Jerry Wexler


Board of Trustees
Alan J. Bernstein
Andrew Cohen
Brian Cullman
Adam Dolgins
B. George
Amy Larkin
Bruce Rayvid
Greg Shatan

54 White Street
New York City, 10013

tel : 212–226–6967

e :

Federal ID # : 13-3347764
Exempt # :: EX 182731



  in partnership with Columbia University 

The ARChive of Contemporary Music is a not-for-profit music library       dedicated to collecting, preserving and providing information about popular music from around the world.

Now in its twenty-fifth year of operation, ARC is the largest and most important popular music collection in the world – with over two million sound recordings and approximately three million photographs, books, press kits, videos, memorabilia and related ephemera.

Our simple goal is to guarantee that the world’s musical heritage is preserved for future generations to study and enjoy.

We believe that all forms of popular music, jazz, be-bop, bluegrass, country, rock, rap, blues, enka, reggae, calypso, zydeco, and countless other forms are significant cultural expressions.  All musics entertain as well as reveal a people and their values to the rest of the world.


ARC was founded in 1985 by Bob George, the current Director, and
David Wheeler.  Fred Patterson is head archivist.  Quinn MacRorie is our
newest archivists and is heading up the book scanning project with the Internet Archive.

Our Board of Advisors (listed on the left) is comprised of respected
members of the music and entertainment community.  Board members create and maintain Special Collections, such as the 10,000 disc
Keith Richards’ Blues Collection

ARC currently occupies over 14,000 sq. ft., at two sites in Tribeca, in Lower Manhattan. Our main office is on the ground floor at White Street.

To move forward, and move towards allowing access to our collections, in early 2009 ARC partnered with Columbia University to create a major cultural institution merging academic study and popular music, to enrich and enhance the cultural life of New York City, the country and the world.

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