MOLA: Educational Resources for Music Performance/Ensemble Librarianship

Public Resources; Resources of Underrepresented Composers; Beginner Resources; Copyright Resources; Librarians on Performance Librarianship

Center for Black Music Research 

A free collection 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.

Music by Black Composers, a Project of the Rachel Barton Pine Foundation

Its mission is to inspire Black students to begin and continue instrumental training, make the music of Black composers available to everyone, and help to change the face of classical music through greater diversity.

Composer Diversity Database  

Developed by composer Rob Deemer and housed at SUNY Fredonia, this database allows users to browse over 4000 composers of historically underrepresented racial, ethnic, and cultural heritages; genders; and sexual orientations. You can search by composer name, living or deceased; composer demographics; common genres for both large and small ensembles; and location (city, state, country).

Composer’s Equity Project 

This list from 2018 includes the names and websites of composers identifying as women, gender non-conforming, and ALAANA (African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American).

Latin Orchestral Music

This online, subscription-based catalog contains over 9,000 original orchestral works by over 1,600 composers from 24 countries and territories of Latin America and the Caribbean. The database offers a free trial for 30 days, and then a modest annual fee for continued access.

African Diaspora Music Project

A compilation of original works by composers in the African Diaspora, researched and owned by Dr. Louise Toppin and Videmus. 

Anna Edwards’ Composer Database

A growing list of great composers, with the mission of encouraging  diversity on the concert stage and providing easy access to information for music directors and artistic administrators. 

BIPOC Voices: Works for Voice and Orchestra

BIPOC Voices is a resource to help program works for solo voice(s) and instruments by composers who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.


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