Daniel (Dan) Sheehy

Former Director, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Dan Sheehy was Director and Curator of the nonprofit record label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and oversaw the Folkways collections of the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections. Smithsonian Folkways boasts an educational Web site offering CDs and downloads (including full liner notes), video mini-documentaries, and lesson plans featuring traditional music from around the world. In June 2015, Dan was named a 2015 National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts, for making “a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.” In April of 2016, he was awarded a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

An ethnomusicologist and folklorist, Dan was appointed curator and director of Smithsonian Folkways in 2000. He is author of Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture and co-editor of the South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Under Sheehy’s direction, Smithsonian Folkways has published more than 200 recordings, including the 10-volume Music of Central Asia series, the African American Legacy Series (co-sponsored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture), and the Tradiciones/Traditions Series of signature music from Latin America and Latino USA.

Avant d’entrer au Smithsonian en 2000, Dan a dirigé la section Arts folkloriques et traditionnels de la fondation National Endowment for the Arts (1992-2000) après avoir exercé les fonctions d’ethnomusicologue et de directeur adjoint (1978-1992). Ancien titulaire d’une bourse d’études Fulbright-Hays à Veracruz, au Mexique, il a soutenu son doctorat en ethnomusicologie à l’UCLA.