American Music Institute (AMI)

  • Duderstadt Center, Suite 1400
  • 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
  • Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

Founded in 1988 by Dean Paul Boylan with a donation from the Katherine Tuck Foundation, the American Music Institute strives “to foster collaborative investigation of musical life in the United States, drawing from resources throughout the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance, across the University of Michigan campus, and throughout the nation.” AMI serves as a project incubator and innovation center for the study of music of all kinds in the United States of America and indeed throughout the Americas. U-M Musicology Professors Mark Clague and Charles Garrett serve as co-directors of the Institute.


George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition & U-M Gershwin Initiative: In Collaboration with the families of George and Ira Gershwin, Editor-in-Chief Associate Professor Mark Clague leads a project to create new scholarly editions of the Gershwin brothers’ works. This project will further catalyze a campus-wide educational initiative featuring performances, seminars, courses, and symposia inspired by and exploring the art of George and Ira Gershwin.

New Grove Dictionary of American Music, Second Edition: Under the editorship of Associate Professor Charles Garrett, U-M leads an update and expansion of the most comprehensive and reliable reference tool in American music studies. Now published by Oxford University Press and available online!

Music of the United States of America (MUSA): Edited by Professor Emeritus Richard Crawford, MUSA is a forty-volume series of notated scholarly editions of musical compositions representing the fullest possible range of American creativity. The project is sponsored by the American Musicological Society and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Spangled Banner 200: The American Music Institute in partnership with the Star Spangled Music Foundation, the University of Michigan Marching Band, University Libraries, the Reno Philharmonic, the U.S. Library of Congress, the Grammy Museum, and other collaborators, is working to inspire a national celebration of the bicentennial of the United States National Anthem — Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner.” See for more details and teacher resources. As well as our YouTube channel of Banner performances.

Banner Moments Teacher Institute: We have received a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create a national K-12 teacher institute titled “Banner Moments: The Star-Spangled Banner in American Life” to be held in Maryland in June and July 2014. Thirty teachers will be invited to attend after a competitive application process. Applications are due March 4, 2014. For full information visit the Music, Theatre & Dance website.

Living Music: Living Music is an online oral-history database project developed by AMI director Professor Mark Clague. Begun in 2003, the project features over 1000 interviews done by University of Michigan musicology students to investigate the full range of the American musical “art world” in the United States and beyond.

Arts Enterprise @ UM: Recognizing that musicians in the United States have earned a living as musical entrepreneurs, the Institute is a strong supporter of Arts Enterprise @ U.Michigan and its national organization Arts Enterprise. Email for more information.

The American Music Institute is part of the University of Michigan and its School of Music, Theatre & Dance.