The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program announced today that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research, archiving and preservation projects on a variety of subjects.
Research projects include a study that will investigate a potential core deficit in rhythm processing in developmental stuttering, combining behavioral and neuroimaging studies in children with studies in songbirds. Preservation and archiving initiatives include a project that will preserve and provide access to a unique organ recording collection of master organ player rolls and noteworthy arrangements produced in the 1920s; and an effort to preserve and digitize the audiovisual collections of imperiled media of the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, and Bob Hope, among others.
"Since its inception, our GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program has awarded more than $6 million to more than 300 noteworthy projects," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "This year we have another remarkable slate of selected grantees. Funds will be used for activities as varied as the preservation of unique live radio broadcasts from the '30s and '40s and the digitization of more than 90,000 Mexican-American recordings on 78s, 45s and cassettes to studies and programs that investigate the effects of music on children and their development — including one that will assess the biological effects of musical training on child brain development in collaboration with a nonprofit organization that provides free musical training to children in the gang reduction zones of Los Angeles. The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program is truly at the forefront of philanthropy across the areas of archiving, preservation and scientific research."
Generously funded by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, as well as research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. In 2008 the Grant Program expanded its categories to include assistance grants for individuals and small- to mid-sized organizations to assist collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan. The assistance planning process, which may include inventorying and stabilizing a collection, articulates the steps to be taken to ultimately archive recorded sound materials for future generations.
The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2014 cycle will be available beginning May 1 at www.grammyfoundation.org/grants.