SACO Music Funnel

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 authority records for medium of performance terms and for genre/form and subject terms for music. Terms approved by the LC Policy, Training, and Cooperative Programs Division (PTCP) will become part of one of the following vocabularies: Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT), Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms for Library and Archival Materials (LCGFT), or Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The project also includes additions and changes to LC classification numbers. Approved class numbers will become part of Library of Congress Classification (LCC).

Anyone wishing to propose or change LC music vocabulary terms may contribute, whether or not they are part of SACO-member institutions. All SACO Music Funnel proposals are submitted under the institution code for the funnel: WiMtMLA

Submissions may be sent the Coordinator (Leo Martin, University of Houston) through email.  Use the following template as a guide, and submit to the Coordinator in an email, Google doc, or Word doc. Submit one term per message or document. Include a scope note if possible.

When emailing a proposal, please use as the subject line of your email one of the following phrases, where xxx is subject, medium, genre, or classification, and the term or class number in parenthesis is what is being proposed.

  • SACO xxx proposal ready for review (rainstick)
  • SACO revised xxx proposal ready for review (rainstick)

Please see the Tools sidebar for more information. Feel free to ask questions as you draft your proposal!

Preferred term                    [required]

Variant term                        [required as needed; repeat as needed]

Broader term                       [required]

Work cat.:                            [required] 

Additional sources             [required; repeat as needed]

Scope note                          [required if possible]