Los Angeles Philharmonic Among 18 Organizations to Receive Grammy Foundation Grant


The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program announced today that $250,000 in grants to help facilitate a range of research, archiving, and preservation projects on a variety of subjects will be awarded to 18 recipients, in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. Research projects include a project that will use technology to enable parents of premature babies to have a presence at their child's bedside even when they are away from the hospital. Preservation and archiving initiatives include a Los Angeles Philharmonic project that will protect live recordings of such performers as Marian Anderson, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Nina Simone, among others; and an effort to digitally transfer and provide access to an archive of fragile reel-to-reel recordings of live performances and related oral histories in the collection of the oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse. A complete list of grant awards and projects is below. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2013 cycle will be available beginning May 1 at www.grammyfoundation.org/grants.

"For nearly 25 years, our GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program has been a leader in funding an extraordinary range of scientific research, archiving, and preservation projects," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. "We have provided support for research that seeks to help individuals with speech and movement difficulties, and for a project that will prepare a significant collection of African-American gospel and blues from Memphis and the Mississippi Delta for digitizing and preservation. Each year, we continue to build upon the impressive diversity and quality of our grant recipients, which makes us proud of the role that our Grant Program is playing in protecting our shared musical heritage, and enabling the medical and scientific advances of the future."

The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program is funded by The Recording Academy. To date, the Grant Program has awarded close to $5.8 million to more than 300 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. In 2008 the Grant Program expanded its 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. 


Preservation Implementation

Los Angeles Philharmonic Association — Los Angeles

Awarded: $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. www.laphil.com 

Caffè Lena — Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Awarded: $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. www.caffelena.org

Carnegie Hall — New York

Awarded: $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. www.carnegiehall.org 


Oklahoma Historical Society — Oklahoma City

Awarded: $20,000

The Oklahoma Historical Scoiety 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. www.okhistory.org

The Ravi Shankar Foundation — Encinitas, Calif.

Awarded: $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. www.ravishankar.org 


University of the Pacific — Stockton, Calif.

Awarded: $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. www.pacific.edu/library 


WGBH Educational Foundation — Boston

Awarded: $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. openvault.wgbh.org

Preservation Planning

Paul Anastasio — Shoreline, Wash.

Awarded: $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. www.swingcatenterprises.com