2012 GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program Recipients

Preservation Implementation:

  • Caffè Lena — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ($19,691)
    Caffè Lena will clean, store, digitally transfer, and provide access to its valuable, at-risk archive of fragile reel-to-reels of live performances and field recordings (1960–1989), and related oral histories on audiocassettes. This unique historic collection sheds light on the New York music scene and its influence on the 20th century folk revival. The Library of Congress will serve as the final repository for these archives.
  • Carnegie Hall — New York ($17,250)
    This project will preserve volumes 1–4 of the Robert Shaw Choral Workshop Collection of Carnegie Hall's Archives — a unique and irreplaceable series of tapes showcasing one of America's greatest choral directors leading the finest young professional singers through workshops and performances at Carnegie Hall.
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Association — Los Angeles ($16,560)
    This grant will enable the digital transfer, storage and management of the Swedlow Collection of 1,500 analog tapes recorded on a 3-track tape machine between 1953–1960. The collection includes live recordings of such performers as Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Nina Simone, among others.
  • Oklahoma Historical Society — Oklahoma City ($20,000)
    The Oklahoma Historical Society will archive Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys recordings from the '40s on lacquer discs, including U.S. radio broadcast transcriptions and 136 reel-to-reel tapes of '50s and '60s performances. Discs will be digitized and the project will create rich metadata for the collection to ensure long-term preservation of this unique cultural heritage material.
  • The Ravi Shankar Foundation — Encinitas, Calif. ($16,420)
    This project will preserve, digitize, catalog, and provide access to historic live and studio recordings from two of the most prolific points in Ravi Shankar's career. These recordings are unavailable anywhere else in any format and are at risk of deterioration in their analog state. The result will be an accessible collection of Shankar's most important performances, greatly impacting scholarship and programming, both nationally and internationally.
  • University of the Pacific — Stockton, Calif. ($8,983)
    Guided by a preservation survey of the tapes funded by a GRAMMY Foundation grant, this project will stabilize and digitize 49 highly endangered reel-to-reel tapes of concerts, rehearsals and personal recording sessions by pianist/composer Dave Brubeck. These tapes offer unique, unreleased documentation of Brubeck's monumental contributions to jazz.
  • WGBH Educational Foundation — Boston ($17,250)
    The goal of this project is to preserve and make available interviews from the landmark PBS television series "Rock & Roll." They will be available to the public through WGBH's Open Vault website and new radio pieces. The interviews are broadcast quality, and WGBH will preserve them in a digital format and make them accessible to the public.

Preservation Planning:

  • Paul Anastasio — Shoreline, Wash. ($4,000)
    This collection of Mexican violin music in Guerrero and Michoacán features Premio Nacional winner Juan Reynoso and 20 of his fellow violinists. This project will assist the copying, transcribing, collating, and indexing of this rare, beautiful and nearly extinct music.
  • Bowdoin International Music Festival — Brunswick, Maine ($5,000)
    The Bowdoin International Music Festival, a renowned summer music school and concert series, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014. In advance of the anniversary, this project will catalog, transfer, and selectively restore materials in its recorded archive. Included are performances by some of the world's top classical musicians and works by illustrious 20th- and 21st-century composers.
  • Louis Guida — Lexington, Ky. ($5,000)
    This project will assess, prioritize and prepare material from a significant collection of African American gospel and blues from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta for digitizing and preservation. The collection, housed at Indiana University Bloomington's Black Film Center/Archive, includes field recordings, film footage and photographs from a five-year project led by director Louis Guida that resulted in the international award-winning 1992 documentary Saturday Night, Sunday Morning.
  • Irka Mateo — Brooklyn, N.Y.; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ($5,000)
    Rare recordings of Dominican folk music played for popular religious events comprise primary source material that expands and continues on previous work done by Fradique Lizardo (1930–1997), housed at the Centro León. The goal of this project is to initiate preservation consultation efforts that focus on music recordings celebrating Liborio Mateo, a central religious leader and healer that lived in San Juan de la Maguana.
  • Northwest Folklife — Seattle ($4,000)
    The Northwest Folklife Festival's collection of live audio recordings documents 40 years of the musical and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The project will assess the collection and design a multistage plan to stabilize, preserve and catalog those thousands of performances. Northwest Folklife's goal is to publicize the collection and make these historical records available to the public via its website and at regional repositories.

Scientific Research:

  • Georgia Tech Research Corporation — Atlanta ($17,250)
    Cerebral palsy is prevalent in one in 303 children in the United States. Approximately one-half sustain upper-extremity dysfunction. Using rhythmic auditory cues to improve upper-extremity function has shown promise with adult post-stroke patients. There is limited evidence of such music-based intervention in pediatric physical therapy. This project will investigate the effects of rhythmic auditory-induced interventions for children with cerebral palsy.
  • The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital — Columbus, Ohio ($16,846)
    The goal of this project is to create a healing environment through auditory stimulation within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit system that improves behavioral development and reduces length of stay in medically fragile babies. Through the use of technology, this innovative program allows parents to have a presence at their baby's bedside even when they are away from the hospital.
  • Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care — Toronto, Canada ($17,250)
    This project will examine the potential benefits of musical training on speech processing in elderly adults. Brain imaging techniques will be used to assess neural activity at multiple tiers of the aging auditory system and its correspondence to perception during active speech listening. Specifically, the project will assess the possibility that musicianship counteracts the negative declines in hearing ability and speech understanding that commonly emerge late in life.
  • University of Miami — Coral Gables, Fla. ($20,000)
    This project will explore and quantify infants' ability to entrain spontaneous movement with rhythmic auditory cues. A new motion-sensing input device with natural user interface will assess entrainment behavior and determine types of spontaneous bodily movement demonstrated in response to rhythm. Findings will enhance understanding of motor development and inform therapeutic intervention for deficits in attention, speech and extremity movement.
  • Western University — London, Canada ($19,500)
    Despite the amazing level of shared neural machinery between humans and nonhuman primates, only humans appear to sense and react to musical rhythm. This ability has played a major role in the development of human culture for millennia. The aim of this project is to understand the neural processes that underpin our uniquely human ability to sense the beat in rhythmic sequences by comparing brain responses across species with the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging methods available.
  • Benjamin Zendel — Montreal, Canada ($20,000)
    As we age it becomes more difficult to understand speech in noisy environments because of changes in how the brain processes sound. It has been recently demonstrated that this age-related decline is mitigated in lifelong musicians, likely due to neuro-plasticity induced by musical training. The purpose of this project is to determine if music lessons in older adults can improve the ability to understand speech in noise by improving the way the brain processes sound.

Past Recipients

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