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University of Richmond (Richmond, VA 23173-0001)
Andrew McGraw (Project Director: January 2021 to present)
Joanna Katherine Love (Co Project Director: June 2021 to present)

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants
Digital Humanities

[Media coverage]

$47,357 (approved)
$47,357 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2023

America’s Music Scenes in the Age of Social Media

A series of workshops to identify best practices for automatically collecting and archiving online data about musical events.

Our project responds to a new crisis in American music scholarship: the digital revolution has led to the digitization or dissolution of traditional archival sources (like newspapers and magazines) crucial to studying local music scenes. And while existing web archiving projects capture some relevant content, they are biased towards established genres and artists and miss most events advertised solely through social media—a difficult dataset to capture, yet essential to understanding 21st-century music-making. This project thus convenes fourteen interdisciplinary humanities scholars and technologists to: 1) explore and propose best practices for automatically collecting and archiving digital music event data by geographic location; 2) develop a pilot sample of music-related social media data and; 3) build upon previous Digital Humanities work to analyze the datasets and reveal their humanistic potential for future scholarship.