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GRAMMY MUSEUM HANDS OUT GRANTS

Recordings from Arhoolie Records, New York concert hall Roulette and Texas Folkllife are among the beneficiaries of Grammy Museum grants awarded today. The Grant Program announced that $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 13 recipients  to help facilitate research and support archiving and preservation programs.

Receiving Scientific Research Grants are Ryerson University in Toronto to study adult group singing; University of Toronto to examine the roles of genes and music training on brain plasticity; Princeton University to learn how the brain organizes information during the production of sound; University of Oregon to explore the link between empathic social processing and music emotion recognition; and SUNY Albany, which will study how Tone Language influences the perception of musical emotion.

Texas Folklife, which has an extensive archive of audio recordings and related material of Texas folk and traditional arts performances, field recordings and artist interviews, will identify potential project partners, update catalog records, and develop a long range plan for digitization, long-term storage and accessibility of the collection.

Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings will prepare and digitize approximately 400 audio reels and corresponding materials related to Arhoolie Records’ recordings of blues artists for preservation and online archival access. Brooklyn’s Roulette will preserve, restore, catalog, and prepare for distribution and acquisition of 600 audio recordings captured between 2003–2011.

“The work we help fund through our grants program, with the Recording Academy as our partner, includes an impressive array of projects that are at the forefront of exploring music's beneficial intersection with science, and that maintain our musical legacy for future generations,” said Michael Sticka, President of the Grammy Museum. “The initiatives announced today exemplify the Museum's mission to uphold music's value in our lives and shared culture."

Other recipients are  Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago; Freight & Salvage in Berkeley; The Kitchen Sisters Productions in San Francisco; Missouri State University Libraries; and the University of Pittsburgh Library System.

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