Since the inception of The New York Public Library in 1895, the Music Division has been one of the world’s pre-eminent collections devoted to music. Today it is part of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, a research and circulating library opened in 1965 with divisions dedicated to music, theatre, dance, and recorded sound. Located on the Lincoln Center campus, the Library for the Performing Arts serves 320,000 visitors and scholars annually through its circulating and research collections and active calendar of public programs and exhibitions.
The Music Division’s Research and Circulating Collections comprise well over two million items, including some of the Library’s most prized collections. Chief among the division’s legacy holdings is the 7,000 volumes of the Musical Library of Joseph W. Drexel which is the cornerstone of the Music Division’s legacy and a foundational component of the division’s collecting profile. Additionally, the Division’s American Music Collection, which was formed in 1936, is recognized worldwide as one of the most important collections devoted to American music. This exceptional collection has been further enriched by recent acquisitions including the archives of John Cage, Arthur Russell, and Lou Reed.
Strategic direction of the Library:
The Music Division advances the strategic direction of the Library by supporting and promoting research, collaboration, creativity, discussion, and exposition of the performing arts. The Division expands, exposes, preserves, documents, and animates our collections for artists and researchers.
The Music Curator guides the division’s worldwide presence within the global community of researchers and scholars as well as our local community of young and life-long learners. The Music Curator provides leadership, vision, direction, curation, advocacy and accountability in managing all aspects of the Music Division’s collections, acquisitions, programs, publications, financials, fundraising outreach, and reference services.
Under the direction of the Deputy Director for Research & Collections Services, the Music Curator will perform the following functions: