Bio

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Shot by Diane Bondareff at Columbia University

Regan Sommer McCoy is an NYC-based curator, community archivist, and arts administrator. She 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, the Association for Recorded Collections (ARSC), and most recently as a Hip Hop fellow at Virginia Union University. Sommer is currently a board member of the Hip Hop Education Center, a consultant to the Black Beauty Archives and the Museum of Pop Culture’s Hip Hop Collection and is on staff at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Creative Social Impact. Her most recent article, “Mixtape Memories: Hip-Hop Community and Culture at NYC’s Mixtape Museum” appears in The ARSC Journal (2021). She’s been featured in the Tape Op, Oprah Daily, Columbia University News, and the Economist.

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
KCRW

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
iMWiL!

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
XXL

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