Early 1900s Music Preservation


Tax Exemption

Early 1900s Music Preservation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Early 1900 Music Preservation in the United States are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law.

Our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status was approved on March 14, 2016 and is effective as of January 19, 2016. Click here to download a copy of our Letter of Determination from the Internal Revenue Service.

Our Projects

Active Projects

Internet Radio  - Currently, our primary project is operating a 24-hour Internet radio station.  Radio Dismuke broadcasts original vintage recordings of 1920s & 1930s popular music and jazz to an enthusiastic, worldwide audience. Our target audience is people who are discovering the era's music for the first time as well as those who are knowledgeable life long enthusiasts.  Many of the recordings played on Radio Dismuke have never been made available in modern formats. We take pride in providing  the general public an opportunity to enjoy rare recordings that were previously accessible to only the fortunate few who happened to possess the original 78 rpm discs.

Future Projects

Expanded Internet Outreach -  We have a number of ideas under consideration for when additional resources become available. One possibility under discussion is additional radio channels besides Radio Dismuke that will be dedicated to genres and years not covered by its 1920s & 1930s popular music and jazz format.  We also hope to be able to more frequently produce special programming.

We also hope to eventually have our78 rpm archives fully cataloged with the catalog published online and have periodic broadcasts where people can browse the catalog and submit requests ahead of time.  One of the tragedies with most 78 rpm archives is that they lack the ability to make their holdings accessible to a wide audience.  Having our own Internet radio station provides us with a unique opportunity to do just that.

Youth Outreach   One of the best ways to pass on the great music and recordings of the early 20th century and ensure that they have an appreciative audience in the future is by exposing upcoming generations to the music at an early age.  We are currently developing strategies to find the best ways of doing so.  When it comes to promoting the music to young people, one never knows what seeds will be planted and the impact it will have.  A child who hears the music for the first time and finds it inspiring might grow up to someday be a professional musician or the Hollywood producer who will find a way to reintroduce the music into mainstream cultural awareness.

Local Outreach  Our work reaches people throughout the United States and beyond.  But we just happen to be based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, one of few areas in the United States where music from the early decades of the 20th century is still being performed live on a regular basis.  We think there are a lot of opportunities to build on that and increase awareness of both the music and our efforts in our own back yard.  Some of the ideas we have include dances with music provided by vintage 78 rpm records on a turntable as well as 78 rpm and cylinder record "concerts." Note:  Any subsidy of our local events will come from local donations.  We don't think it is appropriate for contributions from donors elsewhere to fund strictly local events..

Our Projects

Our Board &

Early 1900s Music Preservation is an all volunteer organization -we have no paid staff.

Board of Directors

Michael Duus
Christian Kohlhaas
Leslie Lee
Edward Mitchell
Matthew Orwatt

Radio Dismuke

Dismuke - Programming Director  He's the guy who keeps the radio station running, does the audio restoration on the vintage 78 rpm discs and claims that he only has but one name. A few times a year on special broadcasts he gets an opportunity to crack jokes that some say are as old as the music he plays. Fortunately, vintage music ages much better than vintage humor!

Early 1900s Music Preservation

Early 1900s Music Preservation
Early 1900s Music Preservation   -   P.O.Box 91  Fort Worth, Texas 76101  - info@early1900s.org