General Resources for Dance and Music

All About Jazz

All About Jazz is a site produced by jazz fans for jazz fans. Its mission is to provide information and opinion about jazz from the past, present, and future. Through a "Global Jazz" section, reviews of jazz from around the world, and interviews with international musicians, we approach the music from four continents, including ten cities in the US alone. There are over 15,000 musician profiles in its database.

All Music Guide

This is a complete online database of recorded music. Searchable by artist, album, song, style and label.

Classical Net

Classical Net features more than 3,000 CD/DVD/Book reviews, as well as 6,000 files and over 4,000 links to other classical music Web sites

Country Music Hall of Fame

Exhibits, inductees, programs, and music.

Dance Arts

Dance Arts provides information on schools of dance, choreography, dance organizations, dance studios, traditional dance, as well as performance information on festivals and ballets.

Fine Arts Library: Dance

A comprehensive listing from the U. of Texas Fine Arts Library.

Google Music

While Google has not actually added a separate Music Search site like its video and image search tools, you can find information about artists, songs, albums and places to buy the music you are looking for—just enter the name of an artist popular in the U.S. into the search box, and Google will display user reviews, song titles, stores to purchase the music and other useful information related to that artist at the top of your search results.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music

The Library of Congress collection of sheet music registered for U.S. copyright from 1820-1860 and 1870-1885.

PD Info: Public Domain Music

"A reference site to help identify public domain songs and public domain music . . . royalty free music you can use anywhere and any way you choose . . . performance, sing-along, film, and video, advertising, business, or personal."

Sheet Music for Downloadable Sites

A comprehensive annotated listing of sheet music sites on the Web.

Sheet Music Plus

An online store carrying over 380,000 pieces of sheet music, songbooks, scores, tabs, methods and more.


This is a nice Web site for finding artist information including the "Top 50 artists", new tours, and a link to network other musicians together through the "Mojammer" database. The site is searchable by artist, city, or venue.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A fun Web site with loads of information including a rock music visual history timeline, inductees, exhibits and special programs.

Ultimate Band List

ARTISTdirect has re launched UBL as the ultimate destination for independent and unsigned bands.

Variations—Online Music Resources (Indiana University)

This selection of online scores is offered as a service of the William and Gayle Cook Music Library, Indiana University.

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Local Area Resources

Detroit Blues Society

The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the blues tradition.

Detroit International Jazz Festival

The Annual Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival, founded in 1980 by Detroit Renaissance, today ranks as "The Largest Free Jazz Festival in North America".

Graystone Mansion and the Story of Detroit Jazz

Learn about the history of Jazz in Detroit.

International Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Located in Detroit, Michigan, this collection includes rare sheet music, choir robes, priceless recordings, photos and other memorabilia.

Motown Historical Museum

Explore the history of Motown through photographs, artwork, music, costumes and other memorabilia of this booming musical era

Major Resource Collections

See Also: Multimedia Search Engines

  • Digital Librarian: Music
  • Internet Public Library (IPL2)

News and Reviews

All Music Guide

This is a complete online database of recorded music. Searchable by artist, album, song, style and label.

Classical Net

Classical Net features more than 3,000 CD/DVD/Book reviews, as well as 6,000 files and over 4,000 links to other classical music Web sites


This is the online version of Billboard Magazine. The site features daily news, weekly features, reviews and the famous charts of U.S. sales, airplay and box office grosses.

This is the Recording Academy's official Web site for news and events that impact the arts and the industry. The Academy honors members during the annual Grammy Awards.

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Gramophone is a database of classical music reviews, which appeared in Gramophone from March 1983.


Metacritic complies reviews from respected critics and publications for film, video/dvd, books, music, television and games. Their Metascore show the critical consensus at a glance by taking a weighted average of critic grades.

Metro Times

Metro Times is a local source for news, arts, and culture online and home to the Interactive Guide to Detroit featuring a database of restaurants, events, nightspots, and musicians.

National Public Radio (NPR)

NPR's music page features reviews, and information from the popular "All Songs Considered" program.

Pitchfork Media

A great site for alternative music including new music, reviews, free downloads and release dates.

Rolling Stone

Rock music reviews, news and interviews.

Music Downloads

See Also: Multimedia Searching

Free sheet music for all major instruments, in all kinds of styles. Some available free, more for a fee.


Allofmp3 is based is Russia where copyright laws are more lax than in the U.S. The site offers downloads of chart-toppers, spotlighting the top 50 songs from not only the U.S. but the U.K., Italy, France, Germany and other places around the globe. A Forbes Best of the Web Site.

Wide selection, easy searching and fast checkout. Browse more than 20 styles including Indie Rock, Broadway & Vocalists, Jazz or Children's. Thousands of free downloads. A Forbes Best of the Web Site.

Digital Librarian: Sheet Music, Lyrics, Librettos, Scores

An enormously rich and varied collection.


EBay is a great place to find musical rarities and oddities --and find used CDs on the cheap. If it exists, it's probably here. Browsing is a limited. $0.99 is the standard price for digital downloads. A Forbes Best of the Web Site.

iTunes Music Store

iTunes has over 2 million songs, 20,000 podcasts, and 11,000 audiobooks for your Mac or PC to preview, buy and download. A 2003 Webby Award Winner.


An international community of independent sellers offers more than 26 million new and used recordings attracting a wide demographic audience. According to Forbes Magazine, "if there is an album in existence you can't find here (which isn't likely) set up a want list and you'll be notified by e-mail if the album is offered for sale." A Forbes Best of the Web Site.


Search for a favorite artist, album or song, or browse through the listing of 700 genres. Online music purchases can be made through several digital music services in partnership with MP3..


Napster offers unlimited access to 1 million songs, 100,000 albums and 80,000 artists for a monthly fee. The Napter Light Music Store offers .99 songs and $6.95 albums.


Rhapsody is a subscription to stream any of the more than 1.3 million songs on its library as much as you want. Songs can be purchased for $0.99 each. Not ipod compatible. A Forbes Web of the Web Site.

Amazon MP3 Downloads

Select "Music Downloads" from the search bar, or, browse by music genre or select from the "Top 200 Music Downloads.

Join the social music revolution at It's fun, it's free, it's all about the music. "You get your own online music profile that you can fill up with the music you like. This information is used to create a personal radio station and to find users who are similar to you. can even play you new artists and songs you might like."

Historic American Sheet Music

The Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library at Duke University holds a significant collection of 19th and early 20th century American sheet music. The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.

Live Music Archive

An archive of tens of thousands of recordings of live concerts by "trade-friendly artists: those who like the idea of noncommercial distribution of some or all of their live material." Recordings are "available for royalty-free, no-cost public downloads." Includes a FAQ, and guidelines for contributors.


Pandora's mission: To help you discover new music you'll love. "It's powered by the Music Genome Project, the most comprehensive analysis of music cover undertaken. Just tell us your favorite songs or artists and we'll launch a streaming station to explore that part of the music universe."

"We podcast bands coming to your town." It's simple. Enter a city, and state and listen to the bands that are in your town and then go see the concert.

Browse and download by music genre, artist, rating, region and more. Artists on this site have released their music under the Creative Commons Liscense for use in podcasts, mashups, shoutcasts and webcasts.