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Music Heritage Resources

A variety of organizations offer technical assistance, funding, archives, and other resources to assist with efforts to preserve and promote the traditional music heritage of Western North Carolina.

State Resources


This state agency works to preserve the state’s history and culture and to recognize and promote its cultural resources.


In addition to coordinating undergraduate and graduate coursework in Appalachian Studies, the Center encourages research and collaborative projects with local scholars, community groups and other organizations concerned with the region’s past, present and future.


The Mountain Heritage Center celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian region through exhibitions, publications and educational programs.

Collections and Archives


The W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection is a repository with more than 37,000 volumes of books and over 200 periodical subscriptions related to the Southern uplands, with strengths in the social sciences, regional history, folklore, music, religion, genealogy, fiction and African and Native Appalachia.


The Southern Appalachian Archives at the Ramsey Center include the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Folk Music Collection and a variety of other collections featuring Western North Carolina musicians.


The Special Collections and University Archives contain a manuscript register for Mountain Dance and Folk Festival (the nation’s oldest folk festival) and Shindig on the Green.


The Southern Folklife Collection is one of the nation’s foremost archival resources for the study of American folk music and popular culture.

Arts Councils


The North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the state’s Department of Cultural Resources, provides technical assistance, resource information and grants to artists and non-profit organizations. The NC Arts Council’s website includes an extensive database of artists, art organizations and related information.


Western Arts Agencies of North Carolina is a supportive peer network of 21 members representing local arts organizers and presenters in 20 counties in Western North Carolina. The group is dedicated to sharing information, technical assistance and cooperative programming to strengthen and expand the services of member agencies and promote Appalachian arts and cultural traditions. A list of member agencies is available on its website.

Alleghany County Arts Council
Sparta, NC
(336) 372-2578

(Mitchell and Yancey Counties)

Other Resources


The 彩乐园ll下载安装 Music Trails project grew out of the 彩乐园ll下载安装 Heritage Initiative, a multi-state partnership of organizations, communities and individuals committed to promoting the cultural heritage of the region. Its purpose is to guide travelers to the many public settings in which 彩乐园ll下载安装 folk music and dance thrive today.


The Association sponsors an annual series of gospel concerts at the R-S Central High School Auditorium near Rutherfordton, NC.


This grassroots organization is dedicated to increasing awareness of the diverse music traditions of North Carolina’s Northwest Piedmont (including Surry and Yadkin Counties).


A community music school in Lenoir, NC.


The Folk School offers week-long and weekend classes in traditional music, dance, and instrument building.


A nonprofit, statewide folklife service organization located in Durham, NC.


The directory offers an extensive list of folklorists in North Carolina who are available to speak to community groups or to work on special projects.

(NCMAMA)
This nonprofit, volunteer-run and community-based organization works to foster the acoustic music culture in Western North Carolina.


Resource website of the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association.


This Western Carolina University website provide links to numerous websites with information on shape note singing.


A schedule of events for shaped note singers and Christian harmony singers in Western North Carolina is posted on this website.