2013 GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program Recipients

Preservation Implementation:

  • American Organ Institute Archive and Library at the University of Oklahoma School of Music — Norman, Okla. ($20,000)
    American Organ Institute Archive and Library will preserve and provide access to an incredibly unique organ recording collection. The collection's emphasis is on the original and irreplaceable master organ player rolls produced by Moller Pipe Organ Co. in the 1920s (16 tons total), as well as recordings of organ arrangements by notable performers on organs lost to time. Many of the collection's most treasured items are made of paper and are deteriorating rapidly. These will now be restored and shared with the public.
  • The Arhoolie Foundation — El Cerrito, Calif. ($20,000)
    Since 2005, the Arhoolie Foundation has digitized more than 90,000 Mexican-American recordings on 78s, 45s and cassettes from their Strachwitz Frontera Collection. The collection has been made accessible through a partnership with the UCLA Digital Library Program. Arhoolie will complete their final stage to digitize the rare LPs and unissued reel-to-reel master tapes. The Strachwitz Frontera Collection is a one-of-a-kind, unique, cultural treasure that needs preservation and accessibility.
  • Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University — Murfreesboro, Tenn ($19,993)
    There are nearly 4,000 tapes in the Charles K. Wolfe Audio Collection at the Center for Popular Music, many of which are oral histories of musicians or field recordings. Dating from 1930s – 2000, this is likely the premier collection in the American Mid-South region. The Center will take inventory of the contents, conserve the recordings, transcribe to digital format when appropriate, and make the collection publicly accessible.
  • New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation — New Orleans ($3,095)
    The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive will digitally preserve and make access copies of the 10 reel-to-reel master 2-inch tapes of the "Professor Longhair Fire Relief Benefit," held April 22, 1974, to benefit Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Byrd, 1918–1980). This work will result in the creation of preservation and access digital files, and the public will be welcomed to listen to the recordings in the archive. The original master tapes will be permanently stored in Iron Mountain's special AV vault.
  • New York Philharmonic — New York ( $20,000)
    The New York Philharmonic Archives will digitize and preserve 52 hours of brittle lacquer discs documenting 36 unique live radio broadcasts from the 1930s and '40s. The total cache of 245 radio broadcast recordings made between 1932–1962 comprise a total of approximately 350 hours of audio in various formats to be made available to the public at the philharmonic's reading room and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
  • ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries — Los Angeles, Calif. ($10,000)
    This implementation project will preserve, digitize, and provide public online access to one-of-a-kind, fragile, and historically significant audio recordings in the ONE Archives, the world's largest LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) historical collection. This project will make available 177 hours of recorded lectures, interviews and oral histories that preserve the voices of the pioneering activists, scholars and artists who launched the LGBT struggle for equality over the past six decades.
  • Pacifica Foundation — North Hollywood, Calif. ($10,000)
    Pacifica Radio Archives will digitize, catalog, preserve, and promote 72 hours (93 tapes) of fragile reel-to-reel analog audio tapes holding unique broadcasts from Pacifica Radio's listener sponsored noncommercial radio station, New York City's WBAI-FM. Two significant series are to be preserved: The Free Music Store featuring Phil Ochs, Arthur Miller and Bill Vanaver, and the Mind's Eye Theatre produced radio plays created by premier artists and technicians.

Preservation Assistance:

  • Freedom Archives — San Francisco ($5,000)
    Art Sato, a leading authority on contemporary jazz and new music, has hosted "In Your Ear," a two-hour weekly radio series on KPFA-FM from 1981 to the present. The Freedom Archives will prepare for the digital preservation of more than 80 in-depth, unique, extended, and exclusive interviews over the last 30 years. The collection contains great artists and innovative practitioners of jazz and Latin music, including many who are now deceased.
  • Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative — Carmel, Ind. ($5,000)
    The Feinstein Initiative will determine necessary storage, rehousing, remediation, conservation, preservation, and digitization of audiovisual collections that include but are not limited to 16" transcription discs, lacquer discs, cassette tape, CD, analog reel-to-reel, 16mm film, and slides that document the music of Songbook legends such as Rudy Vallée, Meredith Willson, and the Andrews Sisters. The preservation assessment will allow the Initiative to find funding for preservation so that these items can be made accessible to researchers and the public.

Scientific Research:

  • John Devin McAuley — East Lansing, Mich. ($19,500)
    Stuttering affects 3 million Americans. Children with chronic stuttering face lifelong struggles that can impact academic achievement and lead to negative psychosocial consequences. The project goal is to investigate a potential core deficit in rhythm processing in developmental stuttering, combining behavioral and neuroimaging studies in children with studies in songbirds, which under controlled conditions can be induced to stutter.
  • Northwestern University — Chicago ($19,895)
    This study will assess the biological effects of musical training on child brain development in collaboration with the Harmony Project, a nonprofit organization providing free musical training to children in the gang reduction zones of Los Angeles. Specifically, the study will examine the effects of musical training on the neural processing of speech as well as on the development of critical language and learning skills.
  • Pitzer College — Claremont, Calif. ($19,900)
    To what extent do music and language share neural resources? We propose to evaluate music perception and cognition in a group of 40 aphasic individuals whose language deficits and brain lesions are well characterized. Using voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping, we will identify the areas of the brain that are most essential to the perception of melody, harmony, and rhythm, and compare these with similar VLSM analyses of language in the same participants.
  • Regents of the University of California, University of California, San Diego — La Jolla, Calif. ($19,860)
    The SIMPHONY project is a unique collaboration designed to understand how music training affects children's brains and the development of general cognitive skills like language and attention. It is the first study of its kind and will track 60 children annually starting at ages 5–10 as they engage in ensemble music training (versus non-music controls) using an extensive battery of neural and behavioral testing.
  • University of Washington — Seattle ($10,000)
    Research shows that musical experience can enhance and promote healthy child development. Synchronization between players is a key aspect of playing music together. Synchrony can also strengthen bonds and affiliation between individuals. The dual aims of the proposed project are to: (a) determine whether children prefer synchronous as opposed to asynchronous rhythms and (b) examine whether children’s preference for synchrony is enhanced for musical interactions involving pitch, harmony, melody. We expect a musical context to increase the difference between synchronized and asynchronized interactions, illustrating music’s role as a vehicle for positive interpersonal interaction.

Past Recipients

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