DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music)*

Resource Type: 
Music
Research Databases
Description: 

DRAM is a not-for-profit resource providing educational communities with on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio (192kbps Mp4). DRAM's primary focus is the preservation and dissemination of important recordings that have been neglected by the commercial marketplace, recordings that may otherwise become lost or forgotten.The touchstone of the DRAM collection is the diverse catalogue of American music represented by the New World Records and CRI label(s), which merged in 2007. From folk to opera, Native American to jazz, 19th century classical to early rock, musical theater, contemporary, electronic and beyond, New World has served composers, artists, students and the general public since its inception in 1975 with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The acquisiton of CRI deepened its catalog of contemporary American compositon and restored to circulation recordings that had, in some cases, been out of print for decades.DRAM also includes music from a growing number of recording labels and archives. More than 3,700 albums' worth of recordings from a distinctive set of 30 independent labels and archives are now available, with new content being continuously added. In the future, alliances with other major and independent labels and archival sources will be crucial to enhancing DRAM's role of serving the needs of serious music scholars.