Shot by Diane Bondareff at Columbia University

Regan Sommer McCoy is an NYC-based curator, community archivist, and arts administrator. Sommer is the Chief Curator of the Mixtape Museum, an initiative that encourages the research, archiving, preservation, and data analysis of mixtapes. Her mixtape scholarship has been supported by appointments with Columbia University, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, and a 2022 research grant from the Association for Recorded Collections (ARSC). She is the ‘23 Visiting Hip Hop Scholar at Virginia Union University and an inaugural ‘23 ARSC Awards for Independent Initiatives awardee. Sommer consults and advises the Black Beauty Archives, Museum of Pop Culture’s Hip-Hop Collection, and Five Mics: The Hip-Hop Trading Game. She is on staff at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Creative Social Impact, curating BAM Archive’s Hip Hop Collection. Her most recent article, Mixtape Memories: Hip-Hop Community and Culture at NYC’s Mixtape Museum, appears in ARSC Journal (2021). Find her mentioned in The Enduring Romance of Mixtapes in The Atlantic (2023).

Press + Mentions

The Black Beauty Archives Are Preserving an Important Piece of Black History
Oprah Daily

Hanif Abdurraqib talks mixtapes at On Air Fest 2020

Hanif Abdurraqib is on the frontlines of poetry’s democratization
Document Journal

At On Air Fest, the Lit World Pivots to Audio
Publisher’s Weekly

The Daily’s Michael Barbaro, Krista Tippett, Brian Lehrer To Headline On Air Fest 2020
Broadway World

Hip-Hop x Technology + The Cultural Importance of Mixtapes with Sommer
Hip-Hop Can Save America Podcast

Regan Sommer McCoy: The Mixtape Museum
Tape OP Magazine

Remembering Justo Faison and Hip-Hop’s Debt to the Mixtape

Community Scholar’s Mixtape Museum Is an Ode to Hip-Hop
Columbia University News

Regan Sommer McCoy: The Mixtape Museum
TapeOP Magazine

‘Hip-Hop Hacks’ Event Series Highlights Technological Innovation Fueled by Youth Culture and Lifestyle
The Center for Hip-Hop Advocacy

New York Instructor Uses Hip-Hop to Teach Students About Coding

How hip-hop is introducing children to coding and technology
The Economist

Episode 20
The DUI Rule

Meet the coders who are hacking hip hop
SciTech Now

Episode 169
The Cipher Show

Spinrilla, DatPiff, My Mixtapez Apps Offer Illegal Access To Music, And Record Labels Won’t Touch Them
International Business Times