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Program

With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. To date, over $7.5 million in grants have been awarded to over 420 recipients.

2020 GRANT

APPLICATIONS

The GRAMMY Museum awards grants in 3 categories: Scientific Research, Preservation Implementation, and Preservation Assistance. All applicants much first submit a letter of inquiry. Select applicants will be invited to complete a full application in Winter 2020. Final decisions will be announced in May 2021.

We are now accepting letters of inquiry. The deadline to submit letters of inquiry is November 1, 2020.

SUBMIT LETTER OF INQUIRY

SCIENTIFIC
RESEARCH PROJECTS

$20,000 MAXIMUM AWARD

Each year, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support research on the impact of music on the human condition. Examples might include the study of the effects of music on mood, cognition and healing, as well as the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals, and the creative process underlying music. Priority is given to projects with strong methodological design and innovative research questions.

The LOI includes the following information:

  1. Project contact and overview
  2. A brief description of the project, including but not limited to the following:
    • Research question
    • Methodology outline (number of subjects, control groups, etc.)
    • Impact/application of research
    • Existing project partners and/or financial support, if any
  3. A description of the intended dissemination plan of the research findings (see guidelines)
  4. Brief biographies of key personnel

2021 SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH GUIDELINE >>

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PRESERVATION
PROJECTS

PRESERVATION IMPLEMENTATION: $20,000 MAXIMUM AWARD

ASSISTANCE, ASSESSMENT AND/OR CONSULTATION: $5,000 MAXIMUM AWARD

The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. The Archiving and Preservation area has two funding categories.

The LOI includes the following information:

  1. Project contact and overview
  2. A brief description of the project, including but not limited to the following:
    • Historical significance
    • Uniqueness and/or at-risk status
    • Existing project partners and/or financial support, if any
  3. A description of the intended dissemination plan
  4. Brief biographies of key personnel

2021 PRESERVATION GRANT GUIDELINE >>

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ADDITIONAL
RESOURCES

Please review the following resources before submitting.

GRAMMY Museum Preservation Methodology Guidelines

2021 PRESERVATION GRANT GUIDELINES

The linked document provides a general overview of the GRAMMY Museum’s requirements and recommendations regarding preservation and archiving methodology for projects funded by the museum. A panel of experts convenes each year to review this document. As technology is constantly changing, at the writing of this document the following are recommended best practices.

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Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

CLIR forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. We foster collaboration by investing in cross-disciplinary intellectual leadership, strategic programs, and professional development opportunities.

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Audio Engineering Society (AES)

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

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Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings, in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals—everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.

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Society of American Archivists (SAA)

The Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national professional association dedicated to the needs and interests of archives and archivists. SAA represents more than 6,200 professional archivists employed by governments, universities, businesses, libraries, and historical organizations nationally.

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METS metadata standards

The METS schema is a standard for encoding descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata regarding objects within a digital library, expressed using the XML schema language of the World Wide Web Consortium. The standard is maintained in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress, and is being developed as an initiative of the Digital Library Federation.

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International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA)

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) is a professional association concerned with the care, access, and long-term preservation of the world’s sound and moving image heritage. Through its active worldwide membership and training initiatives, IASA supports and advocates the development of best professional standards and practices amongst organizations and individuals who share these purposes.

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PAST
RECIPIENTS

2020 RECIPIENTS
PAST RECIPIENTS

For more information on the GRAMMY Museum Grants Program, please email grants@grammymuseum.org. No phone calls, please.