Jalopy Bernstein
“Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable”
– Leonard Bernstein
Vanguard Twain
“Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.”
– Mark Twain
Keds Coltrane
“You can play a shoestring if you’re sincere.”
– John Coltrane
Japan Ayers
“The true beauty of music is that it connects people”
– Roy Ayers
Sun Conrad
“History is like music, completely in the present”
–Tony Conrad
Steve Wonder
“Music, at it’s essence is what gives us memories”
– Stevie Wonder
Dan Mingus
“Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.”
– Charles Mingus
Blood & Mingus
“Let my children have music! Let them hear live music.”
– Charles Mingus
LES Nietzsche
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Loud Fast Parker
“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom.”
– Charlie Parker
Duke Carnegie
“Music is the oldest entity. The scope of music is immense and infinite. It is the ‘esperanto’ of the world.”
– Duke Ellington
Philly Joe Gershwin
“Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise.”
– George Gershwin
Malik Coltrane
“I think the main thing a musician would like to do is give a picture to the listener of the many wonderful things that he knows of and senses in the universe.”
– John Coltrane
Louis Chance
“All music is folk music.”
– Louis Armstrong
Baba Elliot
“Music is what feelings sound like.”
–T.S. Elliot
Chadwick Palladium
“Music inspires me to write…Sometimes distant sound fuels you. In New York there’s always a buzzing beneath you.”
– Chadwick Boseman
Joni Garage
“In New York, the street adventures are incredible. There are a thousand stories in a single block. You see the stories in the people’s faces. You hear the songs immediately.”
– Joni Mitchell
Yehudi Style
“Music creates order out of chaos”
– Yehudi Menuhin
Genji Gershwin
“I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise.”
– George Gershwin
Cielo Byrne
“We don’t make music
– it makes us.”
– David Byrne
Celia Stravinsky
“The 12 notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.”
– Igor Stravinsky

©Alice Arnold

Louis Wumi
“All music is folk music.”
– Louis Armstrong
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MOMENT is the past, present and future of music as seen through the unique lens of New York City. A collective archive and living museum of music, dedicated to the history of cultural diversity in NYC.

We strive to cultivate and preserve the musical communities and cultures of New York, specifically looking at how they creatively intersect through time, technology, and technique — bringing music history to schools, advocating for musicians rights and local music business, and creating work for local musicians. To that end MOMENT is creating the virtual, and physical, Museum of Music & Entertainment in New York City — a community center for all of New York’s musical communities.

Our education program brings this rich history of music to schools throughout the City in the form of presentations, performances and events, to preserve this history and inspire future generations. Beyond a unified look at New York’s diverse music history, MOMENT speaks to the significance of music to us as humans and how it has changed through time, industry, and technological advances.  From the Lenape Indians to Tin Pan Ally, bebop and Broadway; from salsa and punk rock to hip hop and opera; from the Brill Building, the Apollo and Carnegie Hall to folk music, minimalism, doo-wop, boogaloo and disco New York City has a soundtrack like no other city. You can learn more about our educational programming here.

MOMENT is a chartered museum through the State of New York and is a nonprofit 501c3 tax-exempt organization. To find out more about what we do and learn how you can be involved please contact us. MOMENT is a museum of, for and by the people of NYC and all input is welcome. With musicians, music industry veterans, arts organizations, businesses and community leaders we are building a coalition that is the foundation of MOMENT, making it a truly New York institution. Our programs have received funding, in part, from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Citizens Committee for New York City and The Musicians Performance Trust Fund, through the American Federation of Musicians and the musicians union Local 802. We hope that you will join us.

Support MOMENT

Alex Moulton – President
Michael Ralph – Vice-President
Emily Wakeling – Secretary
Simone Guliani – Emeritus Board member
Steve Shiffman – Treasurer
Erica Lee Young – Member at large
Arthur Shettle – Member at large
Genji Siraisi – Director


Gary Katz – music industry veteran, record producer, Steely Dan

Maurice Bernstein – CEO Founder Giant Step,

Nicky Siano – DJ, Studio 54, Paradise Garage

Olympia Kazi – NYC Artists Coalition, former Director Van Allen Institute, Institute of Urban Design

Alice Arnold – A2Studios, Filmmaker, photographer, educator, Fulbright Scholar

Steven Blush – American Hardcore, Lost Rockers, New York Rock

Alcina Cortez – Objects Of Sound, Faculty of Human and Social Sciences – New University of Lisbon,

Noel Lobley – Ethnomusicologist, University of Virginia, Pitt Rivers Museum at Oxford

Chris Theberge – CEO Musicworks

Scott Kushner – CEO/Executive Producer MediaPlace

Marissa Siraisi – Product Manager Simon & Schuster

Jason Walker – Youtube Partner Product Manager

Julie Covello – (DJ Shakey) Warper Party

Jeannie Hopper (LSL/WBAI)

James Gala (DJ Jazzy Nice)

Roberto A. Herrera – PhD, RPA College CUNY

Ben Wigler – City Reliquary Museum


Mindy Cooper – Broadway Performer, Director, Choreographer,  Dancer and Actor

Steve “Steinski” Stein – Producer, Artist

Bob Brockman – Grammy Awarded Producer

Yuka Honda – Cibo Mato, producer, composer, musician

Roy Nathanson – Jazz Passengers, Lounge Lizards

Hans Tammen – Harvestworks, Endangered Guitar, Third Eye Orchestra

Jen Castro – former El Museo del Barrio Artist Educator and Educational Coordinator

Jasmin Jodry –  MOTO TV

DJ Nickodemus – Turntables on the Hudson, Wonderwheel Recordings founder

Brad Craig – Producer, musician, Chuck D, ESPN, ESPY Awards, O’Jays, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, MC Lyte, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Theater Wing Foundation,

Barry Heyman – Attorney Heylaw, Institute of Audio Research

Nancy Siraisi – retired Professor of History, Hunter College

Bennet Miller – Independent musician, Music Educator

Julian Velard – Singer/songwriter, independent artist

Sonya Manalili – Music Supervisor Eyeball

Mark Gartenberg – MG Limited

Eric Beall – Vice President of A&R at Shapiro, Bernstein & Co, A&R executive Zomba Music and Sony ATV

Jay Rodriguez – Tito Puente, Celia Cruz

Fima Ephron – Independent musician

Richard Worth – University of Liverpool Prof. Lecturer in Music

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 Moment NYC (EIN #38-3943443) is a non-profit organization exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code and chartered as a NY state museum.