Goldenrod Music (also known as Goldenrod Distribution Inc.) was founded in April of 1975 by Terry Grant (b. 1951) and is still operating under the management of Susan Frazier. Goldenrod Music is a wholesale distributor of independent women's music labels to music stores, bookstores, gift shops, and also sold recordings nationwide at concerts and festivals such as the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival (MichFest) and National Women's Music Festival. Their mission is to "promote and market music which affirms the lives and passions of Women, Lesbians and members of other alternative diverse communities and self-identified cultures, empowering them and encouraging personal growth and positive social and political change" (Catalog, Sprin 2006). They market music and media in the genres of women's music, gay men's music, New Age, Celtic, Native American music, folk, blues, jazz, comedy, world, holiday music, children's music, songbooks, and videos. At the business' peak, Goldenrod had nearly 800 women artists represented in its catalogs, including Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pat Donohue and Susan Werner, and distributed 1.5 million recordings annually, all while only having a staff of twenty women. It also produced concerts of women musicians and had a retail outlet in Lansing, MI.
Goldenrod Music acquired other businesses across the country, including Horizon Distribution in 1985, a Boston-based company distributing across New England, Paradigm (west coast), and Ladyslipper Music's wholesale division.
Other records contained within the collection include the separate Goldenrod Records LLC (founded in the mid 1990s by Grant, Frazier, and Lori English), a record label licensing recordings from artists and releasing them on their label. Artists on the label included Tret Fure, Cris Williamson and Nedra Johnson.
Mellow Muse Productions (founded 1977 by Grant, Sue Emmert, and Susan Wittcoff) produced many concerts of touring women musicians, mostly in the Lansing-East Lansing area and Detroit.
Act Two Productions and River Women Productions (also involving Grant, Emmert, and other women) continued the work of Mellow Muse once the company closed.
Tenth Muse Productions (founded in part by Susan Frazier, who also was a producer for the company) was a business based in Kent, OH.