About Siglin Music Preservation Fund-Ark Legacy Project



The Ark Legacy Project was created to fulfill the vision of Dave Siglin, Director of The Ark in Ann Arbor, MI from 1969 to 2008. His vision is to share the history and growth of Americana Music by providing public access to an amazing wealth of recordings made at the Ark during 3 decades of his tenure.


Between 1969 and 1996, with the permission of the performers, Dave recorded over 3000 hours of live music concerts from the sound boards. The recordings were made on 364, now very fragile, ¼ (one-fourth) inch reel to reel tapes and over 1,500 cassette tapes. These tapes contain over 3000 hours of live performances. In making the tapes, Dave's vision was, and is still, to share the content of the tapes on-line for the education and enjoyment of all. 


In making the tapes, Dave's vision was, and is still, to share the content of the tapes with a wide audience. The Ark's programming over the years embodies the roots and growth of the Americana Music movement. The tapes allow all who love music, study music history, are nostalgic about The Ark and are fans of specific performers to easily access concert audio from an easy to use website. In addition to the audio, there are photos, interviews and memorabilia.


Now that digitization of the tapes possible, this vision can become a reality in the best way and we need your help to:

  • Complete categorization of all materials
  • Complete the digitization of the 3000+ performances by professionals
  • Complete digitization of all photographs and Ark memorabiia like Posters
  • Inteview performers, bandmates and/or available family members for inclusion in project
  • Maintain website including updates and addition of any more materials that become available
  • Provide salaries for professionals who help with the project


In order to fulfill these requirements, we must raise a minimum of $70,000. 


The Siglin Music Preservation Fund was incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) corporation to raise money for The Ark Legacy Project and your receipt and acknowledgement will come from us. Your donation is 100% Tax Deductible.


Will you be part of our effort to make these treasures available to all?





Nonprofit Donations Tax Deductible