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The SACO Music Funnel Project was formed in 2010 and falls under the Library of Congress Cooperative Cataloging Program known as SACO (Subject Authority Cooperative Program). Members of the Music Library Association (MLA) were charter members of the SACO Music Funnel Project. The goal of the project is to promote and facilitate the creation of subject authority records for all subjects relating to the cataloging of notated music, sound recordings, and works about music.

The funnel project provides a framework for proposing new subject headings for inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and new classification numbers for Library of Congress Classification (LCC).

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Anyone interested in becoming a participant in the funnel project should email Nancy Lorimer, Coordinator of the SACO Music Funnel Project.

Current participants include:

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Stanford University Music Library
  • UCLA
  • University of Chicago
  • University of California--Davis
  • University of California--San Diego

Submitting a SACO Proposal

Current members of the SACO Music Funnel Project should complete the Music Funnel SACO proposal form and send it as an email attachment to Nancy Lorimer, funnel coordinator.

Nancy will review the proposal and will provide feedback to you before the proposal is contributed to the Library of Congress.

SACO Music Funnel FAQs

Q. What do I need to know about music subject headings in order to submit a reasonable heading?

A. Libraries who wish to contribute music headings via the funnel will need to be familiar with the basic principles of Library of Congress Subject Headings and the specific instructions for music headings. This information is available in the Subject Headings Manual (SHM). The following instruction sheets are of particular importance:

  • H 180        Assigning and Constructing Subject Headings
  • H 250        Music Heading Authority Records
  • H 1916.3    Music: General

And, as applicable:

  • H 1916.5   Music: Jazz and Popular Music
  • H 1917      Music of Ethnic, National and Religious Groups
  • H 1917.5   Music Form/Genre Headings
  • H 1918      Musical Instruments

Q. Are funnel participants required to submit a minimum number of subject authority records each year?

A. No, that is one of the reasons why PCC funnels exist. Although individual institution SACO members are required to submit a minimum of twelve new or changed headings per year, a SACO funnel permits members to submit new and changed headings on an "as needed" basis. There is no minimum annual contribution for SACO funnel members.

Q. Will training be required/necessary for individual members?

A. No, not at the moment. There is no required SACO training, although SACO members (both individual and funnel members) are highly encouraged to take either or both of the two workshops Basic Subject Cataloging Using LCSH and Fundamentals of Library of Congress Classification. Both of these workshops are freely available on the Cataloger's Learning Workshop web page <//> Often, sessions of these workshops will be offered through local OCLC offices, or an institution may host a session and open it to area SACO members. In these cases, a PCC trainer may present the workshop. But the materials are available to anyone interested in the subject matter. Although the workshops are designed to be instructor-led, they also function well as self-instructed sessions.

Q. Do Music Funnel participants need to fill out the SACO Funnel Participant’s Information Form, or is it less formal than that?

A. It is not an absolute requirement to have a funnel member fill out the information form, but it is highly recommend that members do fill it out. As SACO membership policies change over time, it would be extremely useful to have a record of all members.

Q. Are there any costs involved for institutional Funnel participants?

A. Not really-- only the hidden costs related to the time and effort required to research submit proposals and input them, and the time invested in taking any SACO-related workshops, such as the two mentioned above.  

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