Holly Hobbs earned her PhD in Ethnomusicology from Tulane University in New Orleans in 2015. In 2012, she founded the NOLA Hip-Hop Archive, a digital archive of rap and bounce music and oral history housed at the Amistad Research Center. Hobbs has worked as a music consultant in a number of capacities over the years, including work in documentary film and for various musically-based projects, including the Santuri Project based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She continues work as a contract fieldworker for the State of Louisiana, researching instrument-making traditions throughout the state for a Department of Tourism online, interactive map. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Music Rising, the KNOWLA Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, Smithsonian Folkways, Southern Spaces, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Uproxx and more. She currently works as a Corporate Development Specialist for NPR/WWNO in New Orleans, Louisiana.