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Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) composers, music, and musicians

Use this guide to explore the diversity of composers, music, and musicians in the resources from Memorial University Libraries and beyond.


Memorial University Libraries are committed to diversifying its collection of repertoire and literature by BIPOC musicians and scholars as well as highlighting these resources to our community.

This guide is not comprehensive but is a living document that will be updated. If you would like to offer suggestions of more resources to be included, please contact Becky Smith at

Please note that some older materials may use outdated terminology.

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