Our Commitment to Anti-Racism
The Star Spangled Music Foundation stands against racism and in solidarity with those outraged by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, as well as countless others who have died because of anti-black racism.
We believe in the art of democracy and in the power of music to amplify the voices of those denied the ability to speak or the respect of being heard. We are committed to research and dissemination of music by black composers and all composers of color. We promise to expand these efforts and will critically examine the complex history of American patriotic art, especially as it reflects and perpetuates the pestilence of racism.
The Star Spangled Music Foundation will use our time, energy, and resources to enhance cultural understanding and propel a robust civic dialogue. Please visit the links below to our current projects featuring anti-racist song and the music of black composers.
- “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — Free Sheet Music
- The Band Music of Alton Augustus Adams—Free Scores and Parts
- “Oh Say, Do You Hear,” Anti-Slavery Version of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Featured by The New York Times, the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, the Washington Post, CNN, CNN, C-Span, the Smithsonian, Encyclopedia Britannica, PBS, Slate.com, The New York Times again, The Choral Journal, and Chorus America’s The Voice, StarSpangledMusic.Org and the Star Spangled Music Foundation were created in celebration of song in America’s musical life. We aim to provide reliable, scholarly research findings to reveal the forgotten and complex history of U.S. patriotic music. Our top rated resources include:
- Our BLOG
#1 Mythconceptions Series
#2 Banner Moments Series
#3 Bannercast Podcast Series
- Videos and Exhibits
Our Poets & Patriots recording project features 37 tracks and we have created dozens of videos you can use in your classroom.
- Our Banner Moments Exhibit: now available for your local school, library or museum.
The Star Spangled Music Foundation
Our mission is to bring teacher-tested curricular materials and the best of musicological research on American music to students, teachers, and the public, with a focus on accurate and high quality information and teaching tools about American song. Like democracy itself, song requires active participation. Song is as much a verb as a noun. It offers a means to practice citizenship and for Americans young and old to discuss who we are and who we want to be as US citizens and citizens of the world.
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Many, many other resources can be found by exploring our site or use the search box above to find pages connected to your interests.
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