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From: Stephanie Schell On Behalf Of Barb Dehgan
Sent: Thursday, March 27, 2008 10:36 AM
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Subject: GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program Awards $600,000 in Grants



Funds Will Provide Support For Archiving And Preservation Programs
And Research Efforts
That Investigate The Impact Of Music On Human Development

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 27, 2008) -- The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant
Program announced today that $650,000 in grants will be awarded to 22
recipients across the United States and in Canada. Funds will be given
to help facilitate an extraordinary range of research, archiving and
preservation projects on a variety of subjects, including:
understanding the brain systems involved in emotional music perception
in typically-developing and autistic adolescents; preserving and
organizing Herman Leonard's large, historically-significant archive of
65,000 negatives; and prioritizing and stabilizing materials in the
Moog archives, which represent pivotal works in synthesis. A complete
list of grant awards and projects is attached. The deadline each year
for submitting grant applications is Oct. 1. Applications for the 2009
cycle will be available at www.grammyfoundation/grants in May 2008.


"The goal of the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program is to reflect on our
past and reward the significant research and preservation work of our
present," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy®
and President of the GRAMMY Foundation. "Through these efforts, the
Grant Program serves to safeguard our rich musical heritage and
support groundbreaking projects at the forefront of music and


The GRAMMY Foundation's Grants Program is generously funded by The
Recording Academy. Now in its 21st year, the GRAMMY Foundation Grant
Program has awarded $5.3 million to more than 250 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. Recognizing the richness of collections
held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the
expertise needed to create a preservation plan, in 2007 the Grant
Program expanded its granting categories to include planning grants
for individuals and small- to mid-sized organizations. 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 GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the
understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of
recorded music to American culture -- from the artistic and technical
legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of
future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes
this mission through programs and activities that engage the music
industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The
Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The
Recording Academy, to bring national attention to important issues
such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the
urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. For more
information, please visit www.grammyfoundation.com.


Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of
musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is
dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for
music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards --
the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the
most credible brand in music -- The Recording Academy is responsible
for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment,
advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The
Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical
excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring
music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information
about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com.


Preservation Implementation

Abita Music Company -- Orlando, Fla.

To archive and disseminate an at-risk collection of radio
transcriptions and their source recordings. The collection includes 29
broadcast episodes of "South to Louisiana," a Cajun and Zydeco music
show hosted by Michael Doucet plus 82 tapes of Louisiana musical
artists, chefs and historians. www.abitamusic.com ($15,080)


Haleakala, Inc. d.b.a. The Kitchen -- New York

The Archive Project began in 1999 and is intended to preserve and
make accessible the Kitchen's important archival holdings. The
long-term goal is to fully remaster and document the audio archive.
This grant will restore 75 tapes and make audio archive material
available on the Web and on CD. www.thekitchen.org ($30,000)


Herman Leonard Photography -- Studio City, Calif.

The goal of the Herman Leonard Jazz Archive is to preserve, archive
and organize Herman Leonard's large, historically-significant archive
of 65,000 negatives. Significant negatives will be scanned, archived
and made accessible to the public. www.hermanleonard.com ($33,017)


Indiana University Archives of African American Music and Culture --
Bloomington, Ind.

To preserve and make accessible 201 audiocassettes (292 hours) of
interviews with pioneers of rhythm and blues, including more than 170
musicians, composers, producers, and record company executives whose
careers span the period from 1940-1990 and whose stories document the
post WWII emergence and influence of black popular music.
www.indiana.edu/~aaamc ($39,320)


KCRW Foundation -- Santa Monica, Calif.

To preserve a portion of its music library, which includes virtually
every genre of recorded music, plus 1,200 unique and historically
significant performances (with live interviews) recorded over three
decades from renowned music program "Morning Becomes Eclectic." With
these performances, DATs and reel-to-reels will be converted to
roughly 8,400 broadcast-quality WAV files easily accessible by DJs for
broadcasting. The files will also be preserved for posterity and many
will be made available online for the first time. www.kcrw.com


National Council for the Traditional Arts -- Silver Spring, Md.

The NCTA will process, preserve and copy endangered archival DAT
field recordings from 2000-2002 festivals, tours and other live events
that capture unique performances of some of the nation's finest
traditional artists. www.ncta.net ($40,000)


National Organization for Traditional Artists Exchange -- Honolulu

To conserve historically and culturally significant photographs of
folkloric musicians, dancers, and their milieus, contained in the
Lewiston Visual Archive. Available images will document many of the
musicians recorded by David Lewiston in South America, Guatemala, and
Mexico. ($27,476)


New York University -- New York

This project will digitize 180 hours of field recordings and
interviews taped by the Irish musician and ethnomusicologist Mick
Moloney in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The content will be saved
from loss due to deteriorating media and made accessible to scholars
and the public. www.nyu.edu ($40,000)


Other Minds -- San Francisco

Pioneering radio station KPFA 94.1 FM transferred ownership of some
4,000 audiotapes to Other Minds (OM) in 2000. Compiled from 1949-1995,
this archive embodies decades of innovative new music radio
programming. Through the New Music Preservation project, OM, in
consortium with Internet Archive, is preserving over 6,000 hours of
audio and visual documentation. Through www.radiOM.org, OM will make
the archive available globally and for free. With this grant OM will
digitally convert another set of 200 tapes from a primarily analog
archive. www.otherminds.org ($40,000)


San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum -- San Francisco

To complete the second phase of a two-phase project to preserve,
archive and make accessible to the community the rare historic
performances in the tape library of the famous underground rock
station KSAN Radio. www.sfpalm.org ($40,000)


Smithsonian Folkways -- Washington, D.C.

To preserve and digitize more than 200 of the most fragile tapes
containing valuable and exciting performances from the 1967-1976
Smithsonian Folklife Festival by iconic American musicians of old-time
string band and early country music. The content will be offered
through the Smithsonian Folkways Web sites and non-profit record
label. www.folklife.si.edu/smithsonianglobalsound.org ($17,851)


Yale University -- New Haven, Conn.

Oral History American Music (OHAM) at Yale University will archive
one of their most valuable and popular auxiliary units, the Duke
Ellington Project audio interviews. Original tapes and transcripts
will be digitized, duplicated and shelved at Yale's newly constructed
Library Shelving Facility and the OHAM office. www.yale.edu/oham


Preservation Planning

Bob Moog Memorial Foundation for Electronic Music -- Asheville, N.C.

The reel-to-reel tapes in the Moog archives, which represent pivotal
works in synthesis, are in a state of peril. Many are more than 40
years old. This project will prioritize and stabilize the tapes and
help develop a plan for their eventual preservation and archiving.
www.moogfoundation.org ($7,921)


Ethnic Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley --
Berkeley, Calif.

This project will assist work toward the completion of the inventory
of approximately 30,000 hours of reel-to-reel and cassette tape
recordings made by H.K. Yuen, which is focused on the social movements
of the 1960s and 1970s in the Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco Bay
Area. It will also work toward moving materials into acid-free
containers and storing them in a UC-controlled climate archival
facility, the Northern Regional Library facility.
www.eslibrary.berkeley.edu ($10,000)


Kronos Performing Arts Association -- San Francisco

Kronos Quartet will engage a consultant to assess the contents and
condition of its diverse archival materials and prepare a report
outlining specific strategies to implement a five-year preservation
process, including a goal to develop a permanent repository capable of
digital mass storage. www.kronosquartet.org ($10,000)


Orpheus Chamber Orchestra -- New York

To plan a preservation and dissemination strategy for the best of
more than 370 hours of live concerts and radio broadcasts featuring
leading American concert artists and premieres by American composers
performed by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, America's first and oldest
conductor-less orchestra. www.orpheusnyc.org ($10,000)


Rhythm & Blues Foundation -- Philadelphia

To support its efforts to develop, implement and maintain an archival
program that will ensure the preservation of its vast collection of
documents, audio recordings and video recordings relating to rhythm
and blues. The archival assessment will help establish the Rhythm &
Blues Foundation's archival program and fulfill its stewardship goals.
www.rhythmblues.org ($10,000)


Skokomish Indian Tribe -- Shelton, Wash.

An archivist will complete a full inventory of the Skokomish audio
archives and will produce a long-term collections preservation plan.
Through organizing, cataloging, preparing and documenting the
stability of the materials, the archivist will create the collections
preservation plan, focused on transferring archived audio data to
stabilized formats using current technology and best practices.
www.skokomish.org ($9,946)



Children's Hospital Corporation -- Boston

This project will investigate how and why musical training may
enhance language and reading skills in children by examining the
relationship between musical training, rapid auditory processing and
language/reading skills. Children with and without musical training
will be assessed on rapid auditory processing and standardized
language using functional magnetic resonance imaging.
www.childrenshospital.org ($39,589)


McMaster University -- Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

This project will test whether participation in a Suzuki Early
Childhood Education program by parents and infants -- who could not
otherwise afford such classes -- results in improved perceptual,
cognitive and social development. The team is multi-disciplinary,
consisting of psychologists, neuroscientists, music educators and
social workers. The research is unique in being directed at infants,
whose brains are most plastic, and involving parents as learning
partners. www.mcmaster.ca ($39,800)


Psyche Loui -- Cambridge, Mass.

This project will investigate emotional functioning in tone deafness.
Combined behavioral and neuroimaging studies will test brain regions
responsible for emotional valence and arousal in subjects with tone
deafness and normal matched controls. Results will provide insight
into emotional functioning and help understand the lack of perceived
emotion in tone deafness. ($40,000)


University of California, Los Angeles -- Los Angeles

The goal of this project is to understand the brain systems involved
in emotional music perception using fMRI in typically-developing and
autistic adolescents. Individuals with autism experience difficulties
with emotional understanding from facial expressions, but show no
deficits in processing the affect in music stimuli. The aim is to
leverage this dissociation to study the neural bases of music
perception and capitalize on music's unexplored power to help improve
emotion processing in the social realm in autism. ($40,000)


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Media Contact:    

Christina Cassidy

The GRAMMY Foundation


christina.cassidy at grammy.com


Grant Program Contact:

Kristin Murphy

The GRAMMY Foundation


kristinm at grammy.com

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