SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 5, 2011) — 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. A complete list of grant awards and projects is below. 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.
"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 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.
The ASCAP Foundation — New York
The goal of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Archives is to catalog, digitize, preserve, store, and provide access to ASCAP's historical recordings, documents, scores, manuscripts, photos, lyric sheets, and ephemera relevant to the history of ASCAP and its members as contributors to American culture. The Library of Congress will serve as the final repository of these archives so that the materials can be publically accessed.
Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes — Santiago, Dominican Republic
This project will preserve Fradique Lizardo's unique folklore recordings and make them accessible to the public. Lizardo is one of the most important Dominican folklorists, and his recordings, made between 1963 and 1984, document traditional music and dance from all parts of the country and his work with the national folk dance troupes. Dominican field recordings from this time are rare, making the Lizardo collection particularly valuable.
National Jazz Museum in Harlem — New York
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem recently acquired the William Savory Collection, a long-lost collection of aluminum discs containing more than 100 hours of live jazz performances from the swing era that haven't been heard since their respective original broadcasts. This historic find will have a huge impact on jazz scholarship and programming. This project will begin the urgent work of cleaning, storing, digitally transferring, and salvaging as much of the material as possible.
New York Public Radio — New York
New York Public Radio seeks to preserve a unique sonic heritage comprised of music and culture programming spanning the 1950s–1980s. This archive offers a rare glimpse into the minds, music and conversations of some of the 20th century's greatest cultural luminaries. GRAMMY Foundation funding will support the reformatting of a significant portion of this remarkable collection, preserving one of America's richest broadcasting legacies.
Caffè Lena — Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Caffè Lena is America's oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse, deemed "a national treasure" by the Library of Congress. The goal of this project is to identify and catalog Caffè Lena's most fragile reel-to-reel recordings of live performances and field recordings (1960–1975) and related oral histories on audiocassettes. This historic collection sheds light on New York music history and its impact on the 1960s' American folksong revival movement.
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution — Washington, D.C.
The National Museum of American History requests funding for a conservation assessment of 400 experimental sound recordings — all made by Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison and Emile Berliner during the invention of sound recording instruments and media. The conservation assessment will determine which recordings need conservation treatment, prioritize their treatment, assess their housing, and recommend new housings as needed. www.americanhistory.si.edu
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Philadelphia Folksong Society — Philadelphia
The project will plan preservation, documentation and presentation of significant audio, video and print materials from the Philadelphia Folk Festival (1962–2010). The history of this iconic traditional music event includes performances from artists such as Elizabeth Cotton, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Steve Goodman, Mississippi John Hurt, Odetta, Bonnie Raitt, Pete Seeger, and hundreds more.
UCLA Film & Television Archive — Los Angeles
UCLA Film & Television Archive holds approximately 17,000 discs in its radio collection. The objective of this project is to complete a preservation assessment and create an action plan for preservation. Preservation considerations will include repackaging the materials into proper archival housing, inventorying, creating a catalog record, and establishing a priority for digital transfer.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — Boston
This project will test the efficacy of a rehabilitation therapy that utilizes musical auditory feedback to cue and facilitate arm and hand movements in people with stroke. Brain imaging techniques will also be used to assess changes in brain activity and connections that may underlie behavioral improvements. Results may support a new therapeutic intervention in the treatment of stroke patients with impaired arm function.
Northwestern University — Evanston, Ill.
This study will improve the understanding of the role that musical training plays in sharpening how the nervous system functions within everyday listening environments. Specifically, the researchers will determine how childhood music training tunes brain mechanisms responsible for processing speech in noisy listening environments, such as encountered in a bustling classroom.
Queen's University — Kingston, Ontario
Scientific research has convincingly showed that musical memory is spared both in normal and pathological aging, specifically in Alzheimer's dementia. New exciting directions involve the notion that music elicits memories of the past. This project will examine the role of familiarity and emotion in supporting these memories and to explore, through neuroimaging techniques, probable brain sites associated with music recall.
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