The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program Awards $220,000 For Exciting Music Research & Sound Preservation Projects


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The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program Awards $220,000 For Exciting Music Research & Sound Preservation Projects

The funds will provide support for archiving and preservation programs and research efforts that examine the impact of music on human development

GRAMMY Museum/Jun 28, 2021 - 10:49 pm

Today, the GRAMMY Museum's Grant Program announced that $220,000 in grants will be awarded to 12 recipients, including UCLA, UC San Diego, The Apollo Theater Foundation and more, to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of music-related subjects, as well as support a number of music and film archiving and preservation programs.

Funded by the Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program provides annual grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, in addition to research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

In 2008, the Grant Program expanded its categories to include assistance grants for individuals and small to mid-sized organizations to aid collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan. The assistance 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.

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"This year marks the 34th year that the GRAMMY Museum and Recording Academy have partnered to provide much deserved funding for music research and preservation projects across the United States and Canada. During that time, we have awarded more than $7.7 million to nearly 450 grantees," said Michael Sticka, President of the GRAMMY Museum.

"As an educational and cultural nonprofit institution, we know firsthand how critical grant funding is in order to deliver measurable results and impact through our mission. This is why we're proud to support these impressive projects that are at the intersection of music and science, and work to maintain our shared musical legacy for generations to come."

The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry to the Grant Program is Oct. 15. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2022 cycle will soon be available at

Read on to learn more about the 12 awardees of the 2021 GRAMMY Museum Grant Program.

Scientific Research Grantees

UC San Diego — La Jolla, Calif.

Awarded: $20,000

How can we use music to reduce conflict? This project designs and tests a novel music-based intervention to counter dehumanization of marginalized groups, leveraging the finding that learning about others' musicality leads us to judge others more sensitive, intelligent and wrong to harm. Using a randomized controlled trial and a pre-post design, researchers test whether learning about the musicality of marginalized individuals can reduce dehumanization.

University of South Florida — Tampa, Fla.

Awarded: $20,000

Older musicians show enhanced auditory memory and verbal fluency; however, the mechanisms underlying these benefits are unknown. This project aims to: (i) assess older musicians' ability to minimize overlap between similar sound object representation, a process known as "pattern separation," and (ii) examine how pattern separation relates to verbal fluency and auditory memory. Understanding training benefits will foster novel music programs for adults.

Temple University — Philadelphia, Pa.

Awarded: $20,000

This project will test a new music-based measure for profoundly brain-damaged children who are minimally responsive. A correlational study will test the reliability, validity and diagnostic capability of the Music therapy Sensory Instrument for Cognition, Consciousness and Awareness (MuSICCA). This first standardized measure for pediatric profound brain injury will significantly impact patients, families and professionals, and establish tools for future research.

University of Tennessee — Memphis, Tenn.

Awarded: $15,000

For cochlear implant (CI) users, the degraded CI signal makes it difficult for them to enjoy music, potentially impacting quality of life. This project will create a validated tool, the Survey of Music Enjoyment, that can be used by clinicians and researchers to investigate factors leading to, and neural substrates linked with, music enjoyment. Using this tool, researchers will examine differences between prelingually and postlingually deafened CI users.

Windsor University, Drummer Mechanics & Ergonomics Research Laboratory (DRUMMER Lab) — Windsor, Ontario

Awarded: $20,000

Drum set educators play a vital role in promoting healthy behaviors in their students, yet few drummers report having been trained in the prevention of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs). This project will explore the reasons why drum set educators do (or do not) teach PRMD prevention. The results will guide the creation of resources to empower instructors to develop or enhance this aspect of their curricula.

Preservation Assistance Grantees

Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project — Philadelphia, Pa.

Awarded: $5,000

The Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project, through its fiscal sponsor, Ars Nova Workshop, will assess, prioritize and plan the digitization, preservation and dissemination of recordings and archival materials surveyed in the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project, the broader goal of which is to establish a Philadelphia Jazz Archives to document and preserve the city's extraordinary jazz history.

Preservation Implementation

The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. — New York

Awarded: $20,000

The Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection in the archives of the National Museum of American History (NMAH) consists of unique artifacts (photographs, business records and press clippings) spanning the theater's opening through the mid-1970s. The Apollo aims to further collaborate with NMAH to digitize these materials, fill in gaps in the Apollo's digital archive, and preserve these priceless objects for future generations of music enthusiasts.

Arhoolie Foundation — El Cerrito, Calif.

Awarded: $20,000

The Arhoolie Foundation will digitize Chris Strachwitz rare recordings of performances, festivals and concerts from 1950 to 2000. The recordings cover genres such as blues, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, jazz, Tejano/Norteño, sacred steel, Klezmer, tamburitza, old-time, and other tradition-based styles; while artists include Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Fred McDowell, Flaco Jiménez, Ry Cooder, Lydia Mendoza, Lowell Fulson, BeauSoleil, Tampa Red, Reverend Gary Davis, Rose Maddox, and others.

Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music dba Freight & Salvage — Berkeley, Calif.

Awarded: $20,000

The Freight & Salvage will continue preservation of performance recordings dated 1969 to 1989. This phase represents 30 percent of 2,500 recordings featuring historic musicianship collected over their 52-year history. Finalizing analog formats, this project will begin transferring recordings dated 1989 to 1999 to include early digital formats, e.g., DAT and CDR.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum— Nashville, Tenn.

Awarded: $20,000

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will assess, catalog and rehouse approximately 1,250 (1-sided) 11" shellac and vinyl discs that comprise its essential body of test pressings donated by pioneering record producer, A&R man and Country Music Hall of Fame member Arthur "Uncle Art" Satherley. The Collection comprises rare, fragile and historically significant recordings – including a number of potentially unissued recordings.

University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles

Awarded: $20,000

UCLA Film & Television Archive will digitize, restore and preserve three rare classic Hollywood musical short subjects: Tall Tales (1940), Lucky Millinder And His Orchestra (1946) and Sweet Shoe (1937). These three shorts serve as critical examples of early race integration in the genre, and include historically significant performances with rare appearances from influential African American figures.

University of Toronto Scarborough— Toronto, Ontario

Awarded: $20,000

Support from the GRAMMY Museum will enable the preservation of the largest known cache of field recordings of traditional French-Canadian instrumental music from Quebec. From 1965 to 1975, folklorist Jean Trudel recorded musicians at festivals, concerts, dances, and in their own homes. The grantee will digitize 107 audio and 103 video recordings made by Trudel and designated for inclusion in the National Collection of the Canadian Museum of History.

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Pearl Jam's Mike McCready says "if you love music," record stores are the place to find it

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Record Store Day 2019 will arrive on April 13 and this year's RSD Ambassadors are Pearl Jam. Past ambassadors include Dave Grohl, Metallica, Run The Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P), and 61st GRAMMY Awards winner for Best Rock Song St. Vincent.

McCready was also the 2018 recipient of MusiCares' Stevie Ray Vaughan Award

The band was formed in 1990 by McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Eddie Vedder, and they have played with drummer Matt Cameron since 2002. They have had five albums reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and four albums reach No. 2.

"Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day's Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me," Pearl Jam's Mike McCready said in a statement publicizing the peak-vinyl event. "Support every independent record store that you can. They're really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it."

With a dozen GRAMMY nominations to date, Pearl Jam's sole win so far was at the 38th GRAMMY Awards for "Spin The Black Circle" for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Pearl Jam will be performing on March 3 in Tempe, Ariz. at the Innings festival, on June 15 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Rocks Festival and at another festival in Barolo, Italy on June 17. On July 6 Pearl Jam will headline London's Wembley Stadium.

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There's big news today for punk-rock fans aware that the Misfits made much more than just T-shirts.

The massively influential punk band announced a special show touted as the "only 2017 performance in this world… or any world" and billed as "The Original Misfits" in Los Angeles at the Forum on Dec. 30.

This will be the first Misfits show featuring original singer Glenn Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only with long-time guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein since the band reunited for a pair of Riot Fest appearances in Chicago and Denver in 2016. Last year's Riot Fest gigs, which featured drummer Dave Lombardo, marked the first time in 33 years the original Misfits members played together.

"OK Los Angeles, you've waited almost 35 years for this, here's your chance to see the "Original Misfits" in this Exclusive L.A. only performance." said Glenn Danzig. "No Tour, No BS, just one night of dark metal-punk hardcore brutality that will go down in the history books. See you there."

Tickets for this "one night only" show go on sale Friday, August 25.

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GRAMMY winner pledges support for those impacted by hurricanes this year through Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program

GRAMMYs/Oct 12, 2017 - 11:03 pm

On Oct. 10 Lady Gaga announced she is devoting her $1 million donation in support of those impacted by the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico and the earthquakes in Mexico, to a specific cause — the mental and emotional well being of children and youth.

Gaga announced on her Born This Way Foundation website she will support Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program, which uses a variety of tools to help young people deal with trauma in the wake of natural disasters.

"Through a curriculum that includes cooperative play, discussion, art, meditation, and mindfulness practices, young people learn to recognize and understand their emotions and develop healthy coping skills," Gaga wrote. "Tens of thousands of youth have benefited from the program since it’s development in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Save the Children is working to bring it to hundreds of thousands more in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico."

The announcement came on World Mental Health Day, and the Fame Monster has invited all of us to step up and consider making a contribution to the Journey of Hope program to support to mental and emotional needs of children.

"Mental health is just as vital to our wellbeing as physical health. That’s true for each of us, everyday, but it’s especially important for those coping with disaster and recovering from trauma," wrote Lady Gaga. "We must do everything within our power to support the full, vibrant recovery of these communities, from meeting their immediate needs to helping them to rebuild sustainably."

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Current seven-time GRAMMY nominees Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, along with their manager Zach Quillen, recently participated in an installment of the GRAMMY Museum's A Conversation With series. Before an intimate audience at the Museum's Clive Davis Theater, the hip-hop duo and Quillen discussed the beginning of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' career, having creative control over their work and recording their GRAMMY-nominated Album Of The Year, The Heist.

"I met somebody [who] had the same dedication as me, [who] put everything into the music, everything into the craft," said Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore) regarding meeting Lewis. "I wanted a career and Ryan was somebody [who] had the same discipline and sacrificed everything."

"I think it took a little while before it became clear to me who [Macklemore] was going to be," said Lewis. "I think the first indication of that was with the song 'Otherside' from the VS. Redux EP]. … That song … embodied so much. It was a story nobody was telling. … It was just somebody who was dying to be on the mike and to say something."

Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and DJ/producer Lewis have been making music fans take notice since they released their debut EP, 2009's The VS. EP. They followed with VS. Redux, which reached No. 7 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. The duo made waves in 2011 with the release of their hit single "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton. The next year Macklemore was featured on the cover of XXL Magazine's coveted freshman class issue, and Rolling Stone dubbed the duo an "indie rags-to-riches" success story.

Released in 2012, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut studio album, The Heist, reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200, propelled by the No. 1 hits "Can't Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop," the latter of which reached multi-platinum status and remained on top of the charts for six weeks. The album garnered a nomination for Album Of The Year and Best Rap Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards, while "Thrift Shop" earned a nod for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song. The duo's Top 20 hit "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert earned a nomination for Song Of The Year and has been adopted by some as a pro-equality anthem. The duo garnered additional nominations for Best New Artist and Best Music Video for "Can't Hold Us."

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include Icons Of The Music Industry: Ken Ehrlich (Jan. 14) and A Conversation With Peter Guralnick (Jan. 15).