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Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Names Research And Preservation Grant Winners
The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has announced the recipients of their Research And Preservation Grant Program, established to continue the cultural understanding of Latin Music and its history.
Two research projects and two preservation projects will be funded with grants totaling $20,000, or 5,000 each. Music writer Judy Cantor-Navas, who has written for Billboard and other publications, and Juan Díaz of Colombia's Corporación Universitaria Reformada will receive research grants, while Víctor Márquez from Venezuela and Brazil's Renata Amaral, of Maracá Produções Artísticas e Culturais will receive preservation grants.
I am so thrilled and grateful to the @latinGRAMMYFdn to have been awarded a LatinGRAMMY Cultural Foundation grant to continue my research about Cuba's #Panart record label! Thank you! https://t.co/LPtJInz0EX
— Judy Cantor-Navas (@JudyCantorNavas) January 24, 2019
"We are proud to help a new group of scholars undertake important and noble projects to preserve and study the rich and storied Latin musical traditions," Sr. Vice-President, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Manolo Díaz said in a statement. "These projects will not only help us better understand our traditional music genres but will contribute to the advancement of the world’s culture."
Cantor-Navas will document the history of Cuba's now defunct Panart Records, including the discography, artist list and stories behind music recorded during the 1940s–50s. Díaz's project will study three endangered Colombian indigenous instruments and will build a website and other digital media to make the information available to the public at no cost.
Márquez will digitize original versions of the Venezuelan joropo musical style from 1917–1999 from old vinyl records, cassettes and radio recordings and create a bilingual digital library to be available online for free. Amaral will digitize thousands of Brazilian recordings, including the Bumba Boi and Ciranda genres, from 1991 in various mediums that will also be available online for free.
In the past, projects awarded the grants, established in 2015, have lead to Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY wins, according to a statement by Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.