The 2004 ARSC-SAM Conference will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, from
Wednesday, March 10th through Sunday, March 14th.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) and the Society for
American Music (SAM) have joined forces to produce a truly remarkable
gathering, on America's "North Coast."  More than 130 papers, presentations,
panels, and performances will be given.

Current members of ARSC or SAM will automatically receive a twelve-page
conference brochure, in the postal mail.  To get a head start on your
planning, you can download the entire document now, if you have Adobe
Acrobat Reader installed on your PC.  To view the brochure, simply go to and click on the PDF link.

Make your travel plans now!

Please note that ARSC and SAM sessions will continue through Sunday morning,
so plan your departure accordingly.  If flying, allow at least two hours to
get from the conference hotel to your gate at the airport.  (A 4:00 p.m. or
later flight should allow plenty of time.)

This first-ever joint ARSC-SAM Conference features a stellar lineup of
sessions and events.  Join with fellow archivists, librarians, collectors,
musicians, engineers, students and scholars in celebrating our musical
heritage -- past, present, and future!

Program highlights include three joint ARSC-SAM sessions: "Music Downloading
and File Swapping: Differing Views"; "Recording the History of Folk and
Traditional Music"; and "Collections and Archiving."  All registrants may
freely attend any ARSC or SAM session, regardless of membership in one
organization or the other.

ARSC's Education and Training Committee will present a pre-conference
workshop "Topics in Oral History and Music Field Recordings," on March 10th,
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Everyone registered for the conference is invited to a Welcome Reception in
the Ambassador Ballroom of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, from 8:00 to
10:00 p.m., Wednesday evening.

Following the Thursday sessions, we have a little treat in store.  Normally,
it costs $20 to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum -- located on
the shore of Lake Erie, about one mile from the Renaissance hotel.  However,
thanks to the kind generosity of the Rock Hall management, we will enjoy
free, private, after-hours access to the landmark building and all exhibits,
including an open discussion with senior curatorial and educational staff.
Bus transport will be provided, at no extra charge.

On Friday afternoon, another no-charge bus excursion will take conference
attendees to University Circle -- the campus of Case Western Reserve
University.  A special session there will focus on the Cleveland Orchestra.
Those wishing to sightsee can spend the afternoon exploring such world-class
cultural institutions as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve
Historical Society and Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum, the Cleveland
Botanical Garden, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and the Cleveland
Institute of Music.  The afternoon will be capped by a reception hosted by
the Case Department of Music.  Buses will return to the conference hotel in
time for "A Celebration of Music from Cleveland" -- a rare Friday-evening
ARSC session.

The Saturday-evening joint reception and gala banquet will be memorable
events, with the SAM Brass Band providing reception entertainment (ARSC
folks and other musicians are invited to join in).

Please note that the cutoff date for discounted Early Registration and hotel
reservations is Monday, February 9, 2004.  Don't procrastinate!

Detailed Conference Web Pages will be up soon, accessible from either or

See you in Cleveland!

Bill Klinger
ARSC Local Arrangements Chair for 2004
13532 Bass Lake Road
Chardon, OH  44024

+1 (440) 564-9340