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American Music Center



The American Music Center is an organization founded in 1939 by Marion Bauer, Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Otto Luening, Quincy Porter and Harrison Kerr. By bringing together composers, performers and presenting organizations, the centre encourages the creation, performance, publication and distribution of American concert music and jazz. In 1947 it was named the official American music information centre by the National Music Council. In addition to collecting and disseminating information it maintains a circulating library of more than 55,000 scores and tapes representing the work of over 8000 composers, and assists composers in copying their music.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

American Music Edition records

Identifier: AME
Scope and Contents

Manuscript scores, business records, and correspondence that reflects AME’s repertoire of new American music by Green, Carl Ruggles, Halsey Stevens, and others, as well as the interactions Green had with many key figures in twentieth-century music, including John Cage, Henry Cowell, Charles Ives, Gunther Schuller, William Grant Still, Virgil Thomson, and many others.

Dates: 1920 - 1997; Other: Majority of material found within 1951 - 1991; Other: Acquired November 30, 2005