The Detroit Sound Conservancy wants you



Are you super knowledgeable about Detroit music? Do you have your own story to tell about detroit music? The Detroit Sound Conservancy wants you to host a panel at the Detroit Public Library.

From a release:

[Our] goal is to increase knowledge of Detroit’s vast musical legacy through education and reflection. The presenters and panelists are encouraged to explore a wide range of topics that impact the cultural work of Detroit sound and the roles of writers and researchers in documenting the city’s music. Potential panel and paper topics include labor, race, class, gender, sexuality, genre, tourism, preservation, journalism, and criticism. The conference will gather scholars, writers, journalists, and sound activists dedicated to advancing the goal of preserving Detroit sounds and telling Detroit stories.

The conference aligns with the DSC’s mission to conserve Detroit’s musical history direct from the collaborative voices of writers and musicians. Detroit music journalists have been key archivists of Detroit sounds that have changed the world, from Motown to techno, blues to jazz, to so much more. They have documented the bands. They have interviewed the musicians. They tell the stories so the music lives. The Conserving Sounds Conference will highlight these key sound activists.

The deadline for presentation/workshop proposals and sponsorship opportunities is Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Single presentations should be 15-20 minutes long; panels 60-75 minutes plus Q & A. If interested, send a 250 word abstract plus 150 word author bio, as well as any inquiries, to

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