Early 1900s Music Preservation



We are an all-volunteer organization and have no paid staff.  Our work requires not just financial resources but another scarce resource as well - time.  Our ability to grow and expand the scope of our activities will require bringing in additional volunteer assistance.

At present, our primary focus is on the start up phase of being a newly incorporated non-profit. We are concentrating on making sure that we do a great job at things that are basic yet highly important - for example, making sure that all contributors are acknowledged and thanked in a timely manner.  We have just been approved for our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  Non-profit organizations are required to keep careful records and documentation in order to maintain their tax-exempt status. We are working to make sure we do a great job at that as well.  Our board of directors is focused on good governance, making sure they are knowledgeable about non-profit best practices and that they have a solid understanding of the legal obligations that come with tax-exempt status.

In short, before we undertake any new activities we want to make sure we have a sound operational foundation in place to build upon.

Once we feel confident we are doing a great job with the basics, we will be seeking additional volunteers to assist us in our mission of bringing the forgotten music of the past to new and appreciative modern audiences.  Towards that end, we are building a database of people who would be interested in hearing about future volunteer opportunities when they become available.

Potential Volunteer Activities

Because our home base is the Dallas/Fort Worth area, some volunteer activities will not be practical for those who live outside of North Texas.  But, since we live in a digital age, there are many ways people can assist no matter where they live.

Some of the volunteer opportunities that we project becoming available in the future include:

  • Promote the music in your local community.  We are exploring cost effective ways that our supporters can help promote the music in their own communities. We hope to provide people with a multitude of options to choose from according to their circumstances.

  • Educators and music teachers.  We would love to add you to our database so that, in the future, we can get in contact and share ideas on how to best bring the music to the attention of young people.

  • Special services and skills   If you have services or skills that you think would benefit our organization and that you would be willing to donate, please let us know.

  • Help with cataloging and data entry.   We want to eventually be able to publish a catalog of our 78 rpm archives online.  But sorting through records and cataloging them is labor intensive.   We have discovered some ways to automate that process to a limited degree - but it is still labor intensive.  We are thinking of hosting occasional "cataloging parties" where the work can be spread out across a number of volunteers in an enjoyable social setting. Because our 78 rpms are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, this would obviously be limited to volunteers who live in the North Texas area.

  • Help with local D/FW events  We plan on occasionally hosting 78 rpm "concerts" and dances open to the public. We have some other local activities in mind where the general public will have opportunities to stumble across and hear 78 rpm records being played. If you would like to help out at any of these events let us know.

If you would like to be added to our database of potential volunteers and live outside of North Texas click here.

If you would like to be added to our database of potential volunteers and live within North Texas, click here.

Early 1900s Music Preservation

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