Los Angeles Music Appraiser

When it comes to Los Angeles music history, there are Los Angeles music appraisers that ensure the value and authenticity of the artifacts of that legacy. Music appraisers are reliable and credible because of their use of the methodology called the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (“USPAP”). USPAP is required by the I.R.S. and most legal forums. Music appraisal services cover different areas, such as insurance replacement, legal settlement of damages, IRS charitable donation, and consulting for archives and institutions.

Los Angeles Music Appraisal for Insurance Companies

Insurance companies can rely on  Los Angeles music appraisers’ objective comparative values to insure property, adjust for a loss, settle disputes and to assist in litigation if necessary. The high-stakes world of  the Los Angeles music industry and its long history require a serious approach to appraisal and valuation.  If the GRAMMY Museum (http://www.grammymuseum.org/) (213) 765-6800, which can be visited at 800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015, needed consultation for insurance means, a music appraisal service would be a great help.

Los Angeles Grammy Museum
Los Angeles Grammy Museum

The GRAMMY Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music; the creative process; the art and technology of the recording process; and the history of the GRAMMY Awards, the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment.


Appraising Damages

If you have been gifted or willed a record or music memorabilia collection and need assistance in legally disputing damages, an evaluation will give you the information you need to make an informed choice of options, including sale, donation, and archiving. If you want to see a variety of credible collections, Los Angeles Punk Museum (http://www.lapunkmuseum.com/) at 7190 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046, has many culture-rich exhibits as well as auctions.

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The Los Angeles Punk Museum is curated by Tequila Mockingbird in Los Angeles 2011. They have merchandise for purchases, artists exhibitions, as well as pop-up events around the Los Angeles area. They can be contacted at (323) 921-5197.


Music Appraisal of Charity Donations

A common need for music appraisal services is evaluation of charity donation for IRS reports. For example, if one were to donate an album to UCLA Music Library (http://www.library.ucla.edu/music/collections), located at 1102 Schoenberg Music Building Los Angeles, CA 90095-1490, a music appraiser can help determine its monetary value.


The UCLA Music Library provides access to one of the largest academic music collections in North America and the largest in Southern California. They support the Herb Alpert School of Music, any class at UCLA with a music or audio component, and the general music community at UCLA and in Southern California.



Evaluating Music Collections

Suppose an institution needs affirmation of certain archives, a music appraisal service would be the best inquiry for a variety of operations. Music appraisers can help you understand the strengths and weakness of the archive while providing a thorough review of the formats, editions, and condition of any recording media as well as printed music memorabilia. An example of an institution that would contact a music appraisal service would be the Ray Charles Memorial Library and Museum (http://www.theraycharlesfoundation.org/) , located at 2107 West Washington Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90006.


The Ray Charles Memorial Library and Museum contains seven galleries on the ground floor of a two-story building that Charles had built in 1964. The building consist of his offices and archive of master tapes and memorabilia. tate of the art facility with interactive media presentations and exhibits, encourages classroom visits and will have activities for the group’s self-guided tour through The Library. Access to The Library is by appointment only, contact their foundation at 323-737-8000.


About Stephen M. H. Braitman

If you or your institution need professional music appraisal services, Stephen M. H. Braitman is an Accredited Senior Appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers. He is the ONLY accredited appraiser in the country with a specialty in Recorded Media (LPs, 45s, CDs, all formats) and Music Memorabilia (Posters, Photos, Signed Instruments, Promotional Items, Artist-Owned Objects, Sheet Music & Scores). His services consist of:


Professional Appraisal Services for Individuals


  • Insurance Replacement Cost Coverage
  • IRS Charitable Donations
  • Equitable Division of Property in an Estate or Divorce
  • Estate Planning
  • Expert Witness
  • IRS Federal Estate Tax
  • Loss of Value Claims
  • Opinions of Value
  • Settlement of Damage
  • Valuation and Settlement

Expert Appraisal Services for Collectors and Professionals

  • Record Collectors and Dealers
  • Archives, Libraries, Auction Houses
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Executors for Estates

Stephen M. H. Braitman can be contacted at 415-897-6999 or email at braitman@musicappraisals.