This section contains links to free and subscription resources with a wide range of tools for finding information about BIPOC musicians and music practices, including biographies, bibliographies, and primary source materials.
Full text and bibliographic resources
See our full-text and bibliographic databases (includes subscription and free web resources). Each electronic resource contains important information about BIPOC musicians and music practices.
Focuses on classically trained American singers and composers of African descent and on the vocal music forms they influenced, especially opera and art songs, including Negro spirituals composed for concert performance
Holds materials highlighting the role of black music in world culture with materials originating or representing black music in the United States, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean in a variety of formats: personal papers, scores, sheet music, audio-visual materials, photographs, books, periodicals, and commercial recordings
Nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution
Provides access to audio recordings and educational materials to strengthen people's engagement with their cultural heritage and to enhance their awareness and appreciation of the cultural heritage of others