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2012 Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Annual Conference
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5/16/2012 to 5/19/2012
When: 5/16/2012
Where: Rochester Riverside Radisson
Rochester, NY

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The 46th annual Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Conference will be held at the Rochester Riverside Radisson in the heart of downtown Rochester, New York, May 16-19. The Eastman School of Music will host the conference.

The Rochester Riverside Radisson is located on the bank of the Genesee River, and is a short walk from the Eastman School of Music. Nearby attractions include the George Eastman House, Rochester Museum and Science Center, and the Strong National Museum of Play.

A block of rooms has been reserved for ARSC conference attendees at the special rate of $123 for a Standard Room, single or double occupancy. (Upgraded room options are available.) Our contracted dates at the Rochester Riverside Radisson are May 15-19. Group rates will be honored three days before and after these dates, pending availability.

Rooms must be reserved by April 24, though you are strongly encouraged to make your reservations as early as possible. All rooms are held on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a room visit: and follow the reservation instructions at the bottom of the page.

Register early and save! Full conference registration postmarked by April 24 is $150 for ARSC members, $175 for non-members, $75 for student members, and $85 for non-member students. Single-day registration is also available.

The preliminary program, registration form, and further details about the conference are here:

For further information, contact Brenda Nelson-Strauss, Conference Manager,at or 812-855-7530.

For sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, contact Callie Holmes at or 202-707-5246.


ARSC is dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods.

Reflecting this broad mission, the upcoming conference offers talks and sessions that will appeal to both professionals and collectors.

Scheduled presentations include:

-- Jim Reilly and John-Louis Bigourdan: Image Permanence Institute: From Media Stability Research to Sustainable Preservation Strategies

-- ARSC Technical Committee Session: Making the Case: Why Audio Preservation Can't Wait

-- Franz Kunst: The Project South Collection: The Civil Rights Movement in Sound

-- Daniel Beaumont, Seth Winner, and Ed Komara: My Black Mama: The Influence and Significance of Son House Records

-- D.J. Hoek: Beyond Bebop: Contemporary Classical Music on Dial Records

-- David Jessup: From Discards to Discography: An Independent Perspective on Benny Goodman's Career

-- Kevin Fullerton: Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Adagio of Spanish Afro-Modernism

You are invited to attend the Technical Committee's Open Meeting with question-and-answer session, on Thursday evening.

The preliminary conference schedule (subject to change) can be viewed at:


On May 16, the Education and Training Committee hosts "Copyright and Sound Recordings," a day-long workshop on copyright and related issues for sound recordings. It includes a roundtable discussion with speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Workshop participants will have a chance to ask questions of the panel.

A separate registration fee applies for the workshop. Pre-registration is required. For more information, see: or contact Karen Fishman,, 202-707-5856, or Aaron Bittel, , 310-825-1695.


If this is your first time attending an ARSC conference -- welcome! To introduce you to the conference and other members, we encourage you to participate in the Mentoring Program. During the Newcomers Orientation, first-time attendees will be paired with Mentors, typically long-time ARSC members. Mentors will answer your questions about ARSC and the conference, and introduce you to others with similar interests and goals.

Veteran ARSC members who plan to attend the conference are urged to become a Mentor and participate in this rewarding program.

Interested? Check out: or contact Sara Velez,

For information about optional tours and the Awards Banquet, see the Conference Overview:

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals -- everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.

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