IU Names Director of Archives of African American Music & Culture

Posted: Updated:

Indiana University has named Tyron Cooper director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture in Bloomington. He is a three-time Emmy Award winner. Cooper, who serves as a faculty member in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences' Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, will officially begin his role as director January 1. He follows in the footstep of his mentor, Mellonee Burnim, the most recent archive director and an IU professor of folklore and ethnomusicology.

In the past, Cooper has served the archives as a research associate and as a Ph.D. graduate assistant. He earned his master’s degree in jazz studies and his doctoral degree in ethnomusicology from IU. His research is in black gospel and black popular music, with an emphasis on live recording productions, religious belief and identity, and performance practice. He also directed the IU Soul Revue for several years.

Founded in 1991 by Portia Maultsby, the Laura Bolton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology, the Archives of African American Music and Culture is a repository of recordings and other materials related to various African-American musical genres and cultural expressions from the post-World War II era. The archives house original recordings, albums, interviews, photographs, manuscripts and other primary resources important to the history and development of some of the 20th century's most prominent musical styles, such as blues, gospel, R&B and hip-hop. They include a number of Special Collections, such as the Portia K. Maultsby Collection, which features interviews and other archival materials collected by Maultsby throughout her career as one of the earliest scholars of 20th-century African-American music.

Cooper has extensive experience and expertise in arts and culture stemming from decades of participation in recordings and live performances as music director, guitarist, vocalist, composer and arranger for national secular and religious artists. Since 2012, he has been nominated for six Emmy Awards and has won three. His most recent Emmy Award was for talent and composition for the film "Attucks: The School That Opened a City," which was featured in the 2016 Heartland Film Festival.

  • Perspectives

    • How to Find a New Audience After Hitting a Marketing Plateau

      It may sound like a marketer’s dream scenario: efforts have proven to be so successful it appears a company has completely saturated their target audience. While it may be a good problem to have, it still may be a problem. Hitting a marketing plateau is an opportunity for companies in any industry to reevaluate, re-energize and come to the table with new ideas for better understanding existing customers and engaging new audiences.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Gas City Startup Helping Hemp Farmers

      Last month, it became legal for Hoosier farmers to grow hemp and a Gas City-based startup is being aggressive in being among the first to take advantage of market opportunities. Heartland Harvest Processing is helping farmers connect the new agricultural commodity to consumer products, including CBD. Founder and Chief Marketing Officer Chris Moorman says the first hemp harvest under the new law is expected to begin next month. In an interview with Business of Health...

    • IU, Purdue Notch New Enrollment Levels

      Indiana’s two largest state universities are starting the fall semester with a record number of attendees. Indiana University Bloomington says it is welcoming its largest-ever class of first-year students, nearly 8,300 based on preliminary figures.

    • Nationwide, AAA Travel says nearly 47 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home.

      Indiana in Bottom Half of Annual Highway Report

      Indiana's highway system needs a lot of work, according to a new study. The Hoosier state ranks 33rd in the nation in condition and overall cost-effectiveness in the Annual Highway Report, published by the California-based Reason Foundation.

    • Eleven Fifty is headquartered at Launch Fishers.

      State to Launch 5G Hub in Downtown Indy

      The state of Indiana has announced plans for what it says is a first-of-its-kind 5G hub. Launching in October, the Indiana 5G Zone aims to "attract business, foster innovation and propel research and development in 5G-enabled advanced technologies." The hub will be located inside the new downtown Indianapolis headquarters of the nonprofit Eleven Fifty Academy. The Indiana 5G Zone will include a 3,000-square-foot research lab, which will be used to develop and test...

    • (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Crews Start Demolition of Carson's in Hammond

      The face of downtown retail in Hammond is changing once again with the demolition of Carson’s department store, the one-time the anchor of Woodmar Mall. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report excavating crews have started to demolish the last vestige of the shopping center which stood since the 1950s.