• Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
  • U.S. Navy Band
  • Ty Defoe (Oneida/Ojibwe)
  • Hammond B-3 Electric Organ owned by James Brown, 1968, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Smithsonian Year of Music 2019


On April 19th, Secretary Skorton announced the formal launch of the Smithsonian Year of Music 2019, an Institution-wide initiative that embodies the idea and spirit of one of our key goals: One Smithsonian. The Smithsonian Year of Music was jointly proposed and developed by the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the Smithsonian Music Executive Committee. Collectively, we will highlight and share with the public the vast musical holdings across the Smithsonian.
Throughout the year, Smithsonian Music, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and participants across the Institution will bring together our music resources in history, art, culture, science, and education to engage the public and increase awareness of music at the Smithsonian. The central theme will be 365 Days of Music at the Smithsonian, through which the Smithsonian will offer a music-related program for every day of the year, including exhibitions, lectures, releases, workshops, educational programs, and performances. Many of these programs and events are already on the schedule, but will be marketed and promoted under the coordinated efforts of the Smithsonian Year of Music. 
The Smithsonian Year of Music will be coordinated by a core team of the initiative’s proposers. Leading that team will be the initiative’s co-curators, Dwandalyn Reece, Chair, Smithsonian Music Executive Committee (NMAAHC), and Huib Schippers, Director, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (CFCH).