The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program announced today that $100,000 in grants to help facilitate a range of research, archiving and preservation projects on a variety of subjects will be awarded to 11 recipients in the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Research projects include a study that will test rehabilitation therapy that uses music to cue and facilitate arm movements in people recovering from stroke; and preservation and archiving initiatives include a project that will protect a long-lost collection of aluminum discs containing more than 100 hours of live jazz performances from the swing era; and another that will identify and catalogue the most fragile reel-to-reel recordings of live performances and related oral histories in the collection of the oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse.
"For nearly 25 years, our GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program has provided critical support to an exceptional range of scientific research, archiving and preservation projects," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "We have funded projects ranging from research on understanding the brain function that spares musical memories in Alzheimer's disease patients, and speech therapy that capitalizes on the fact that many patients who can't talk can still sing after a stroke, to the preservation of content related to the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Dr. Robert Moog, and experimental sound recordings made by Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner and Thomas Edison. I am proud to say that our Grant Program is truly safeguarding the past and fostering the breakthroughs of the future."
The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program is generously funded by The Recording Academy. To date, the Grant Program has awarded more than $5.5 million to nearly 300 noteworthy projects. The 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 planning 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 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.
For more information on the 2011 Grant Program recipients, click here. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Applications for the 2012 cycle will be available at www.grammyfoundation.org/grants in late June 2011.