AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIETY
The New York Sheet Music Society was established in 1980. It began with a small but dedicated group of collectors, who, through the courtesy of the late Sammy Cahn, president of the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, met at One Times Square to exchange sheet music and stories about songwriters, singers, and songs. Now a thriving non-profit corporation, the Society has over 400 members spread across the nation.
From the start, NYSMS meetings were lively affairs, and they continue to be. Celebrity drop-ins quickly became one of the Society's attractions. Many of America's great songwriters have discussed their careers, their collaborators, and their work methods. To hear them perform their hits and tell the stories behind the songs is spellbinding. We also invite the cream of today's biographers and historians to share their insights. These exciting programs are preserved on videotape in our archives.
Meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month, October through June. Members socialize and buy, sell, and trade sheet music from 12:30 - 1:45p.m. and then the guest program begins.
For members who live too far away to attend meetings, our newsletter is the next best thing to being there. Each month there is a detailed account of the last meeting and information about the guest for the coming month. The newsletter also reports on interesting publications, events, exhibits, and the activities of members who perform professionally in the metropolitan area. Collectors are welcome to post announcements of what they are seeking or selling.
United in a commitment to American popular song, our members represent every aspect of the music business: writing songs, publishing, promoting, and performing them and preserving both the song sheets and the history that goes with them. We are proud to count among our members authorities on film and show music, ragtime, ethnic songs, nineteenth century and World War I songs; and just about any category you can name. From a mere handful of collectors at the start, the New York Sheet Music Society has swelled its ranks to an enthusiastic and ever-growing membership from all over the continent.
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