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Music & Performing Arts (Alexander Street Press)

The Music and Performing Arts Subscription Channel delivers a large and diverse catalog of music content in the world for students, scholars, and patrons of the arts. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video.

Content and Scope

The Music and Performing Arts Subscription Channel currently includes nearly seven million audio tracks, 2,500 hours of video, 1.3 million pages of scores, and 124,000+ pages of reference material, comprising the largest and most comprehensive online offering of in-copyright audio and video performances and scores available anywhere.

Broad-ranging materials include video of live performances, audio recordings, instructional films, previously unpublished works from acclaimed playwrights, performance posters and playbills, video interviews, and choreography not seen since the time of its original performance.

Performances showcase the best in the industry, from the dance of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn to the opera of Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas.


The Music and Performing Arts Subscription Channel features significant music labels in every genre and format, including EMI, Motown, Rounder, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Universal Music Group, the Masterclass Media Foundation, Chester Music, Novello & Company, Opus Arte, and hundreds more.

In addition to music labels, quality partners represented in the channel include The Joffrey Ballet, The Broadway Theatre Archive, The Royal Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, L.A. Theatre Works, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and more.

As part of the subscription, you have access to the individual collections that make up this subscription channel:

African American Music Reference -

American Song -

Classical Music Library -

Classical Music Reference Library -

Classical Performance in Video -

Classical Scores Library: Volumes I, II, and III -
Contemporary World Music -

Dance in Video: Volumes I and II -

Dance Studies Collection -

Jazz Music Library -

Music Periodicals of the 19th Century -

Opera in Video -

Popular Music Library -

Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries -

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online -

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