The GRAMMY Museum® Grant Program announced today that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. A recipient in the preservation implementation category, Bok Tower Gardens received a $20,000 grant to continue their long range mission.
Through this grant, Bok Tower Gardens, home to the largest carillon library in the world, will digitize a portion of the 1600+ reel-to-reel audio recordings of carillon performances, spanning decades of carillon history. With only about 600 carillons around the world and fewer than 200 in North America, the recordings held in Bok Tower Gardens’ Anton Brees Carillon Library are extremely rare. This grant will preserve these historic recordings for future generations.
"The Recording Academy® is proud to support our GRAMMY Museum Grant Program and its important work," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and Chair of the GRAMMY Museum Board. "To date, we have awarded more than $7 million to nearly 400 initiatives that explore the intersection of music and science for the benefit of the general public, and safeguard our musical heritage for present and future generations. The compelling and far-reaching endeavors represented by our 2017 grantees reflect a commitment to issues that Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum members are passionate about: our goal to recognize and sustain the value of music in all of our lives."
David Price, Bok Tower Gardens President, added his thoughts, “This grant is monumental in our efforts to preserve the historic recordings made by our carillonneurs and guest musicians. We are grateful for the generosity of the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program and thank them for their vision and efforts in the preservation of historic music.”
Generously funded by The Recording Academy, 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, 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.
Established in 2008 as a partnership between The Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation®, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.