Western Libraries

Music by Black Artists

This living document is part of a series of guides highlighting music resources for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. It was created in consultation with the Faculty of Music's EDI-D Task Force.


This guide is part of an ongoing effort by Western Libraries to highlight the diversity of its collections and facilitate engagement with the intellectual and artistic ideas of their creators. The intent of this guide is to encourage the exploration of music created by Black artists through research, teaching and performance. We welcome your input on this guide.

Western Libraries is taking steps to increase our collections in support of the research, teaching and performance of music by Black artists. The various tabs in this guide contain sample items in Western Libraries. They do not represent everything available from Western Libraries. If a work is not yet available in the Music Library collection, please recommend a purchase.

Please note: Western Libraries’ catalogue uses Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to facilitate the discovery of information on given subjects. We acknowledge that some of these subject headings are racist, reflecting dated terminology, concepts and perceptions of people and cultures. Some of the subject headings provided in this guide may fit the description above. They are included as they may be useful in discovering items which, despite how they are labelled by LCSH, can contain information that is of value to your research. Western Libraries is currently exploring alternative vocabulary options and welcomes your feedback to help inform the process of updating our record descriptions.

Read Western Libraries’ Inclusivity statement.