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The Center for Popular Music is pleased to announce the inaugural cycle of the Macon-Doubler Travel Grant Program, with generous funding from the Macon-Doubler Fellowship. The grant program will provide $1,000 to support travel by an eligible researcher to visit the Center for Popular Music on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to conduct original research using the Center’s Uncle Dave Macon Collection, Uncle Dave Macon Days Collection, and any related materials in the Center’s archival holdings.

Application deadline: February 1, 2024

More information, including application guidelines, at this link: Macon-Doubler Travel Grant

The Collection: Alan L. Mayor: A Nashville Retrospective 1974-1999

Alan L Mayor Retrospective

“The Collection: Alan L. Mayor: A Nashville Retrospective 1974-1999” went on display September 6, and will remain open through February 24, 2024, at Bobby Nashville, located at 230 Fourth Ave. N. in the heart of historic Printers Alley.

The exhibit was created in partnership with the Center for Popular Music, Tinney Contemporary art gallery, the Americana Music Association and The Alan L. Mayor Estate.

From the 1970s, Mayor established himself on Music Row as the go-to photojournalist of the Nashville music industry, capturing the lives and illustrious careers of Nashville’s pioneering artists. He passed away in 2015. The entire Alan L. Mayor Collection has been housed at the Center for Popular Music since 2017.


String Band Summit

The String Band Summit is coming to MTSU!

April 4–7, 2024

After two successful years at ETSU, the String Band Summit is coming to MTSU for its third year, hosted by the Center for Popular Music in collaboration with MTSU's Center for Chinese Music and Culture. The SBS is a gathering of musicians, scholars, students, and others interested in exploring the global phenomenon of string band music and sharing knowledge and cultural traditions. The event will feature concerts, workshops, panel discussions, scholarly presentations, and more!

More information at this link: String Band Summit 2024

New Archive Catalog!

We have a new catalog system, welcome to ArchivEra!

The CPM has adopted a new cataloging system that we know you will find helpful and easy to navigate. It is quite an improvement upon our previous system (InMagic) and allows for enhanced searching and more accurate results.

We are excited about this new endeavor and our ability to provide you with greater access to our resources. At the moment we are working to update our records for you, so we appreciate you being patient with us and the new system, as we get everything worked out.

If you have any questions or experience any issues with the new system please contact Center staff email us, or call (615) 898-2449, and we’ll be happy to help!

Here's what the new catalog looks like:

ArchivEra Catalog

Lydia Lunch

2022 Recipient of the CPM Fellows Award

We are proud to announce that this year's recipient of the CPM Fellows Award is the legendary and iconic performing artist Lydia Lunch. The CPM Fellows Award is our most distinguished and prestigious award.  For more information, click below for the MTSU News story about these exciting events.


MTSU’s new Popular Music Fellow Lunch ‘forged her own path, powerfully’



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