The mission of the Siglin Music Preservation Fund is to preserve, digitize, and make available an extraordinary collection of live performances recorded over three decades at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We seek to raise at least $70,000 to move the project forward and begin making the performances available online to all who love music, study music history, are nostalgic about The Ark's impact on their lives, and are fans of specific performers.
For decades, The Ark has been one of the most revered acoustic music venues in the United States. From its origins in 1965 as a church-run coffeehouse in a large, old house to the upstairs of an old brick building at the corner of Mosely and South Main, to its present location in downtown Ann Arbor, it has been an intimate space for listening to and engaging with local, regional, and North American folk musicians.
Dave Siglin, a performer himself, joined The Ark in 1969 as the Manager/Director. Only the performers knew that, with their permission, Dave was recording a total of some 3,000 hours of live shows from the sound mixing board. These thirty years of recordings now exist on fragile reel-to-reel and cassette tapes. Dave maintained these tapes of compelling performances with the vision that sharing them would invoke the memory of a time when hearing America’s musical roots in a live intimate performance could be transformative.
The artists in this collection of tapes demonstrate the wide range of Americana music. For example,
All funds donated to the Siglin Music Preservation Fund will support the work of digitization experts, students who will interview the performers and/or their families to obtain permission to stream the music online, and a website developer to update and maintain the internet presence.
With your support, the Siglin Music Preservation Fund will:
The Siglin Music Preservation Fund is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The Fund’s Board of Directors is dedicated to digitizing the Siglin tape recordings and presenting them to a wider listening audience, with the full and passionate guidance of Dave Siglin.
Will you be part of our effort to make these treasures available to all?
For a sampling of performances, please visit our website: Siglin Music Preservation Fund