The Florida A&M University Institute for Research in Music and Entertainment Industry Studies (IRMEIS) was created to assess the current and future state of popular music in America through the development of innovative student-centered programming and research.
The institute’s research and academic arm focuses on popular music in its historical, cultural, and aesthetic domains and its linkages to other artistic forms of representation. While the institute promotes scholarly inquiry in all world musics, its core research centers on Black popular music of the Americas.
The Institute’s programmatic and strategic objectives seek to:
Promote interdisciplinary perspectives related to popular music research;
Develop a network of professionals, university faculty and students committed to archiving and disseminating new and emerging multicultural artistic forms of representation;
Identify partnerships and collaborations with outside agencies to promote entrepreneurship and economic development in the Arts.