Sommer McCoy is Fresh, Bold and So Def

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Regan Sommer McCoy is a music industry veteran, information technology professional, and active organizer of projects that bring artists, DJs, techies, and scholars together to preserve hip-hop history and promote hip-hop education. She founded the The Mixtape Museum (MXM): an archive project dedicated to advancing public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, and technique of the mixtape. MXM explores how mixtapes changed the landscape of music, encourages protection of DJ-produced mixtapes in danger of deterioration, and seeks to achieve systematic preservation in the DJ community. She has over 15 years of experience in the music industry, most notably as a manager to Virginia hip-hop duo Clipse and continues to consult musicians, DJs, and brands. In 2007, she joined the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) where she is the Database Manager & Digital Media Associate. She is a Charter Member of the William & Mary Hip-Hop Collection and is a member of hip-hop theater company Rhymes Over Beats. She sits on the Board of Directors of Minds Behind the Music and on the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame’s Artifacts, Exhibits, and Preservation Committee. In April 2016, Sommer organized the first Hip-Hop Hacks, a hackathon for students to explore technology’s role in hip-hop and how the most popular genre in the world inspires technological innovation. She began her tenure as a Columbia University Community Scholar in September 2016. She is Associate Director of The Hip-Hop Education Center and a 2018 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Travel Grantee recipient.

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