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Smithsonian Folkways Membership
Smithsonian Folkways Membership

Jobs, Internships & Research


We are currently accepting applications for the following:

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, and dynamic marketing manager. The iconic nonprofit record label, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, is going through an exciting transformation. Committed to its mission of being a strong, independent voice offering curated music and sounds that resonate with contemporary issues and conversations, Smithsonian Folkways is optimizing its marketing strategies to ensure continued viability in a drastically changing record industry environment. Click here for the Position Description. Cover letter and CV are due by COB August 9, 2018, attn. Logan Clark,

Curator of American Women’s Music

This position is a joint appointment between the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Smithsonian Music. The purpose of the position is to serve as Curator of American Women’s Music with the primary responsibilities of conceiving, conceptualizing, developing, and implementing music initiatives about American women’s history. Click here for the position description. Cover letter and résumé are due by COB August 19, 2018, to


The Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections are open to visitors and researchers by appointment. To contact the Archives or schedule an appointment, please call 202.633.6438, or email


There are a number of opportunities for internships at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Internships can be from six weeks to one year, full-time or part-time, although working at least 15 to 20 hours per week is preferred. Internships are unpaid, but many schools give course credit. We are a cross between a record label and a museum so the experience is a mix of non-profit record business and applied ethnomusicology. Intern projects are generally in the areas of graphic design, marketing, mail order, recording production, and Web site production with tasks that include writing, social networking, research, mailings, and data compiling and organizing.

Click Here for more information including instructions on how to apply.


Volunteers are very welcome at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, working on a number of projects in marketing, mail order, the archives, recording production, and adminstration. Please contact Beshou Gedamu at