Center for Black Music Research May Be on the Chopping Block

The Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago was founded in 1983 by Samuel A. Floyd Jr. Dr. Floyd established the Black Music Research Journal, assembled a major archive of books, recordings, sheet music, manuscripts, and other documents relating to Black music, and put together several major conferences for scholars in the field. The stated mission of the center is to “document, collect, preserve, and disseminate information about Black music in all parts of the world and promote understanding of the common roots of the music, musicians, and composers of the global African diaspora.” The current executive director of the center is Monica Hairston O’Connell who holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from New York University.

Now the Center for Black Music Research is faced with the prospect of budget cuts that may force it to close or severely curtail its operations. Since 2006 the budget of the center has been slashed by 70 percent. Two permanent staff positions were eliminated last year, including the director of research.

Now the interim provost of the college has recommended that funding for the center be eliminated as part of the Columbia College Prioritization Initiative. A decision is expected to be made by the end of June.

The center is organized as a nonprofit organization. Donations can be made here.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Diversity Posts in Higher Education

Terrence Mitchell was appointed executive director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. Faye Belgrave has been named vice president and chief diversity officer at Virginia Commonwealth University and Tammy Bennett is the inaugural vice president for inclusive excellence in philanthropy at the University of Cincinnati Foundation.

Federal Government Calls on States to End Funding Disparities at Black Land-Grant Universities

The federal government sent letters to 16 governors emphasizing the over $12 billion disparity in funding between land-grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their non-HBCU land-grant peers in their states. Unequitable appropriated funding of the 1890 institutions in the states ranges from $172 million to $2.1 billion.

A Trio of Black Scholars in New Faculty Roles at Universities

The City College of New York has appointed Jervette R. Ward as director of the Black Studies Program. Scotti Branton is a new assistant professor of communication at the University of Arkansas, and professor Danille Taylor was appointed director of the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum.

Shaw University to Expand Its Presence to Research Triangle Park

The collaboration will secure Shaw University a dedicated office space within Frontier RTP innovation campus, located in the heart of the city's new vibrant downtown area. The space will include private offices and an administrative area dedicated to Shaw University, as well as classroom space.

Featured Jobs