GRAMMY Foundation Announces Grant Program Recipients

April 16, 2009 -- 9:47 am PDT

Grants will provide funds for archiving and preservation programs and research investigating music's impact on human development

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program announced today that $150,000 in grants will be awarded to 11 recipients across the United States.

Funds will be given to help facilitate a range of research, archiving and preservation projects on a variety of subjects including surveying recently discovered audio materials that potentially represent as many as 1,200 unique recordings of musical compositions by Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys; improving access to culturally and historically significant Native American and Latin American sound recordings; and testing whether music decreases pain and stress caused by medically necessary procedures such as the heel-stick blood draw in critically-ill premature infants.

"Our GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program is now in its 22nd year," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "And the need for our support of projects that preserve our musical heritage and make new discoveries at the intersection of music and science is more critical than ever. The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation are proud of our commitment to sustain important work of our grantees for the benefit of future generations."

Preservation planning grants were awarded to the Bob Wills Heritage Foundation, Elliott Leib, Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center, and William James Association. Preservation implementation grants were awarded to the Bob Moog Memorial Foundation for Electronic Music, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, UCLA Ethnomusicology Archive, and University of California, Santa Barbara. Research grants were awarded to the Institute for Music & Brain Science and Northwestern University.

The GRAMMY Foundation's Grants Program is generously funded by The Recording Academy. To date, the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program has awarded $5.4 million to more than 250 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 program expanded its granting 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. The deadline each year for submitting grant applications is Oct. 1. Applications for the 2010 cycle will be available at www.grammyfoundation/grants in June 2009.

For more information on the 2009 Grant Program recipients, click here. For a list of previous program recipients, click here.