May 23, 2022

Dallas-Fort Worth Local Music Digital Archive Under Development at University of Texas at Arlington

From UT-Arlington:

A new website developed at The University of Texas at Arlington plans to make music produced by UTA music students, alumni, professors and independent artists in the North Texas region available for free to the world.

David Arditi, a UTA assistant professor of sociology, is developing MusicDetour – the DFW Local Music Archive,” with three goals in mind: to house local music, develop big data that is open and available to all, and to build community.


MusicDetour will be hosted initially by UTA in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Center for Theory, but Arditi said future plans involve philanthropic efforts to fund student workers both for curation and greater web development.

The project’s collaborators include Dan Cavanagh, a jazz pianist, associate professor of music and director of UTA’s music industry studies program; Micah Hayes, a composer and senior lecturer in music industry; Chyng-Yang Jang, associate professor of communication; and staff with the UTA Libraries and UTA Radio, the University’s award-winning student-led internet radio station.

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