2015-2017 Performing Arts Roundtable Co-Chair Candidate Information

Jennifer Motszko

Jennifer graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee with Master's degrees in History and Library and Information Science.  Since 2008, she has worked as the Manuscript Archivist for The University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives.  As Manuscript Archivist, Jennifer collects materials that document the historical, political, and cultural landscape of the Piedmont Triad region and support the curriculum of the university, particularly in the area of performing arts.  She enjoys the unique aspects and challenges that performing arts collections bring to archives and looks forward to having a more active role on the Performing Arts Roundtable.

Scott W Schwartz 

Scott is the Director and Archivist for Music and Fine Arts for the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to his arrival to Illinois in September 2003 he worked as an archivist for the American music collections at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.  His college degrees are in music education, performance, and music history.  His primary areas of research focus on preserving America's music heritage, American popular music, and American wind bands and the 19th- and 20th-century school band movement.  He is also Associate Professor of Library Administration and teaches courses in archives administration and archival arrangement and description through the University's Graduate School for Library and Information Science.  Since his arrival at the University of Illinois he has played the lead role in the development of a research center for America's music and has been responsible for the re-energizing of a national celebration, American Music Month, which recognizes the contributions made by musicians, educators, archivists, librarians, and curators to preserve America's diverse musical heritage.  Currently he is working with musicians, record producers, and booking agents from Central Illinois and Nashville, Tennessee's Blackbird Academy, and archivists and museum curators from the Smithsonian Institution, University of Illinois, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Illinois State University on a new local music  preservation initiative, Urbana-Champaign Local Music Preservation Project.  This new music preservation initiative documents the local popular music traditions of Central Illinois between 1980 and 2004, and their influence on the national rock and roll scene.

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