International Association for the Study of Popular Music—US [IASPM-US]
- Beverly Keel
The US branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (founded in 1981) promotes research and analysis of popular music. With the guidance of organization leaders such as Harris Berger, Paul Fischer, Reebee Garofalo, Charles Hamm, Anahid Kassabian, Portia Maultsby, and Robert Walser, IASPM-US has embraced the philosophy that the study of popular music is both serious and vital, whether in the areas of personal, collective and geographic identity, or in the realms of technology, economics, politics, and sociology. The organization is built on the principle that popular music has been and remains one of the most important and influential forms of art and communication.
IASPM-US, a 501 (c)(3) organization, is an interdisciplinary association that provides a virtual and physical gathering place for kindred spirits from various backgrounds—music, communications, English, history, cultural studies, sociology, and more—to share and explore their common passion for and abiding interest in popular music. In addition, it remains committed to its founders’ goal of not limiting membership to those strictly from academic circles; journalists, musicians, independent scholars, and many others are members of the organization, which in ...