BMI New York recently hosted a meeting convened by the Center for Black Music Research (CBMR
) of Columbia College Chicago to assess the structure of the Center's international advisory board and to lay plans for the future of the organization. Representing the CBMR were Samuel A. Floyd Jr., Founder and Acting Executive Director, and Morris A. Phibbs, Director of Scholarship and Research. Also in attendance were Paul Burgett, Vice President and General Secretary, University of Rochester; Ronald A. Crutcher, President, Wheaton College, Massachussetts; Robert S. Freeman, Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas, Austin; and Eric V.A. Winston, Vice President, Institutional Advancement, Columbia College. David Sanjek, Director of the BMI Archives, hosted the event.
|Pictured after the meeting are BMI's David Sanjek, Robert Freeman, Eric Winston, Samuel Floyd, Ronald Crutcher, Paul Burgett and Morris Phibbs. Photo by Dana Rodriguez |
Founded in 1983 and housed at Columbia College Chicago, the CBMR documents, collects, preserves, and disseminates information about black music in all parts of the world and promotes understanding of the common roots of the music, musicians, and composers of the global African diaspora. To achieve these ends, the CMBR conducts research, education and outreach programming, performance programming, conferences and publications. The CBMR Library and Archives contain a diverse and valuable body of materials that have been used by visitors from around the globe.