Donate your Records
Folk music permeates American culture. From Betty Boop cartoons in Jewish Music, Cielito Lindo in Latin American folklore to almost every big musical, the soul and rhythm of Folk music, musicians and authors have added a special flavor to much of popular culture.
And yet, most young people have never heard the sweet sounds of the music of their ancestors. The music our parents and grandparents loved is hidden in attics and garages across America; recorded only on fragile old records that can only be played with equipment most people no longer have.
Lately, Folk music has experienced a wonderful revival highlighted by numerous Art Festivals. Many people now want to hear more Folk music, but can't find much. Musicians want to know the source and learn from the masters, but the original sounds, the original words, their meaning and history lie in dusty boxes destined for the trash.
We need your help. Search your house for these forgotten treasures. Ask your friends, your local librarian, your friends, anyone you think might have old records of Folk Music or might know someone who does. Arrange for the records to be sent to us. If necessary, we will pick them up.
We will catalog them, clean them, digitize them, and make them available online at savethemusic.com - including words, transliteration and translation, music notation, historical context and biographies of the performers and authors, when possible.
It will take work, it will take money, it will take time, but it will be done. Now is the time to get involved; with your help, we can create a new Golden Age of Folk Music.
As a record donor, you will receive an e-plaque, a certificate, suitable for framing, and full credit for your donation.
What is Save the Music looking for?
We are looking for traditional Jewish and Latin American Folk music in any language or format and from any age.
Our current holdings include songs in Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew, English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Polish, among others, but we are always looking for new material in different languages. Although we concentrate on the restoration and digitization of LP's, we are equipped to process any type of vinyl, cassette or digital media you might have.
We are also interested in any sheet music for these types of songs or any form of background material that may help us place these songs in an appropriate context.
What is Save the Music not looking for?
Because we are dedicated to saving the music, we try to concentrate our efforts on those forms of music that are most in need of saving. Thus, we will not accept donations of Modern music and most forms of recently mass-produced music.
How do I donate?
Please send your records to the address below:
Save The Music
5436 Harvest Run Dr.
San Diego, CA. 92130
If you need more information, contact the Zamler or Collector in your area or contact us directly by calling us toll-free at
858.414.3339 or clicking here.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes! As a project of the Internet Development Fund, a California 501c3 non-profit, all donations to Save the Music are tax deductible. If requested, we will send you a receipt for the amount of your donation.
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