The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program announced today that $100,000 in grants will be awarded to nine recipients in the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic.
Funds will be provided to help facilitate a range of research, archiving and preservation projects on a variety of subjects including investigating links between pre-school children's rhythm ability and their pre-reading skills; completing the preservation and digitization of the world's most complete collection of commercially recorded Mexican-American vernacular music; and creating a preservation plan for the collection of recordings of Roy Harris, a renowned 20th century American classical music composer.
"Over the past 23 years, our GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program has supported an extraordinary range of projects," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "What is equally significant to the range of research, preservation and archiving activities that we have supported is the ongoing need for resources to safeguard our cultural legacy and fund new discoveries at the crossroads of music and science. The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation are proud of our commitment to this important work."
The GRAMMY Foundation Grants Program is generously funded by The Recording Academy. To date, the Grant Program has awarded $5.4 million to more than 250 noteworthy projects. The 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 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 letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Applications for the 2011 cycle will be available at www.grammyfoundation.com/grants in June 2010.