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The Center for Black Music Research invites you or your organization to help support the efforts of the CBMR to document, preserve, and advance black music. This membership program is open to all and provides those interested in the CBMR's work with information and services specially tailored for members.

Membership fees support CBMR programming, archival collections, and general operations. As a non-profit research unit, the CBMR depends on a diverse range of funding sources to further its work, and the CBMR Associates program rewards your help with a direct link to CBMR publications and acthivities.

Membership benefits

 Individual Associate*
Free access to the Center’s semiannual online newsletter, CBMR Digest.
Subscription to The CBMR Associate, periodic e-mail updates that include job vacancy postings by CBMR Institutional Members, CBMR news, and other news items relevant to the field.
Two semiannual issues of Black Music Research Journal.
Online access to the Black Music Research Journal archive via the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program.
A special membership price for each book in the Music of the African Diaspora series, offered on a one-time basis as the books are released.
Photocopying of research documents (according to the provisions of copyright law) equal to as much as $10.00 during the membership year.
Listing of the member’s name on the CBMR website and in the CBMR Digest.
Free job vacancy postings in the Job Listings section of this site, posted no later than three business days after they have been received, plus notice in The CBMR Associate e-newsletter.

Membership rates

Individual $80 $90
Student $50 $60


Individual $58 $58 $69
Institutional $60 $60 $72

* Organizations and institutions are not eligible for Individual Associate membership.

Individuals: To join or renew as a General or Individual Associate Member, or to subscribe to Black Music Research Journal without becoming a member, call Raj Mago at 312-369-7560 or email at Discounts are available for students.

Institutions: Institutional Subscriptions to BMRJ are administered by the University of Illinois Press.