Launched at Georgia College in 2015, Trax on the Trail is a website and research project devoted to the study of American presidential campaign music. Our interdisciplinary team includes students and scholars from across the US and Canada. In the past four years, Trax on the Trail has grown into a project of international significance, standing on the vanguard of research exploring the intersection of music and politics in American culture.
To promote a more critical evaluation of how music and sound shape our perceptions of presidential candidates
Tracking music on the campaign trail truly takes a team effort and requires resources beyond what our regular budget can cover. Salaried student research assistants play an integral role in curating, analyzing, and cataloguing musical activity on the trail. Server space and regular maintenance are required to keep our website up and running, and social media management tools such as Hootsuite allow our team to track musical happenings across social media sites such Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook efficiently and expediently.
We are launching this crowdfunding campaign to fund the labor, maintenance, and research tools needed to support this work. Make a gift today to support the future of Trax on the Trail as we embark on the 2020 Presidential Campaign. Your support will ensure the continued documentation and catalouging of the soundscape of American presidential campaigns.
Campaign Music Database: The cornerstone of the Trax on the Trail website is a campaign music database that documents and catalougues the soundscape of American presidential campaigns.
Blog: Trax on the Trail essays address all facets of the presidential campaign soundscape. Discussion forums encourage public engagement.
Bibliography: Trax on the Trail features a bibliography of scholarly sources and mainstream press articles on campaign music, as well as links to sites that would be of interest to scholars studying this topic.
Educational Resources: Trax on the Trail offers various materials for classroom use in both secondary and post-secondary settings. These include slides, lesson plans, videos, and podcasts.
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