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Music & Dance Online for Public Libraries

Music & Dance Online for Public Libraries

Music & Dance Online for Public Libraries delivers the largest, most diverse catalog of music content in the world for students, scholars, and patrons of the arts. The multimedia resource features works from thousands of respected partners, covers hundreds of genres from alternative rock to zydeco and from alternative dance to operatic arias, and encompasses a wide range of content formats—including scores, reference, and high definition audio and video. 

Content and Scope

Music & Dance Online for Public Libraries currently includes 650,000+ audio tracks, 2,500 hours of video, 1.3 million scores, and 500,000 pages of reference, archival primary sources, and periodicals, comprising the largest and most comprehensive online offering of in-copyright audio and video performances and scores available anywhere.

Broad-ranging materials include video of live performances, audio recordings, instructional films, previously unpublished works from acclaimed playwrights, performance posters and playbills, video interviews, and choreography not seen since the time of its original performance.

Performances showcase the best in the industry, from the dance of Mikhail Baryshnikov and Margot Fonteyn to the opera of Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Callas.


Music & Dance Online for Public Libraries features the most significant music labels in every genre and format, including EMI, Motown, Rounder, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Universal Music Group, the Masterclass Media Foundation, Chester Music, Novello & Company, Opus Arte, and hundreds more.

In addition to the best music labels, quality partners represented in the channel include The Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Opera House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Royal Shakespeare Company, and more.

Powerful Platform and Learning Tools

  • Controlled vocabularies and semantic facet browsing allow users to discover new materials and find exactly what they need.
  • Bonus resources include thousands of playlists and hundreds of clips created by subject matter experts, including playlists matched to popular research areas.
  • A unique playlist tool and clip-making feature gives users the power to create, select, and share content with others.
  • Searchable transcripts, annotation tools, and an instant citation exporter all empower users to make new connections and share what they’ve discovered.

Product information pertains to new public library customers. If you are a current public library customer, please contact us for additional information.