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MN-268896-20Public Programs: Digital Projects for the Public: Production GrantsGeorge Mason UniversityHearing the Americas3/1/2020 - 2/28/2023$175,000.00Michael O'Malley   George Mason UniversityFairfaxVA22030-4444USA2019U.S. HistoryDigital Projects for the Public: Production GrantsPublic Programs1750000171027.740

Production of a website interpreting the early history of recorded popular music from the 1890s to 1925.

Hearing the Americas will be a website that makes the early history of recorded popular music accessible and understandable to non-specialists. It will provide historical and musical contextualization for digitized recordings from the 1890s-1925 available in the Library of Congress’s (LC) National Jukebox and the University of California at Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) Cylinder Audio Archive. By incorporating sheet music, photographs, advertisements, biographical information on artists, explanations of genres, as well as musical annotations, the site will help users interpret the recordings, while illuminating three key humanities themes: the history of capitalism and technology; the transnational origins of American music; and the musical construction of race. Multiple entry points through thematic questions, as well as song, artist and genre pages, will encourage self-guided exploration and engage an audience of music fans, musicians, and music history enthusiasts.