|Scientific Research Grantees
UC San Diego — La Jolla, Calif.
How can we use music to reduce conflict? This project designs and tests a novel music-based intervention to counter dehumanization of marginalized groups, leveraging the finding that learning about others’ musicality leads us to judge others more sensitive, intelligent and wrong to harm. Using a randomized controlled trial and a pre-post design, researchers test whether learning about the musicality of marginalized individuals can reduce dehumanization.
University of South Florida — Tampa, Fla.
Older musicians show enhanced auditory memory and verbal fluency; however, the mechanisms underlying these benefits are unknown. This project aims to: (i) assess older musicians’ ability to minimize overlap between similar sound object representation, a process known as “pattern separation,” and (ii) examine how pattern separation relates to verbal fluency and auditory memory. Understanding training benefits will foster novel music programs for adults.
Temple University — Philadelphia, Pa.
This project will test a new music-based measure for profoundly brain-damaged children who are minimally responsive. A correlational study will test the reliability, validity and diagnostic capability of the Music therapy Sensory Instrument for Cognition, Consciousness and Awareness (MuSICCA). This first standardized measure for pediatric profound brain injury will significantly impact patients, families and professionals, and establish tools for future research.
University of Tennessee — Memphis, Tenn.
For cochlear implant (CI) users, the degraded CI signal makes it difficult for them to enjoy music, potentially impacting quality of life. This project will create a validated tool, the Survey of Music Enjoyment, that can be used by clinicians and researchers to investigate factors leading to, and neural substrates linked with, music enjoyment. Using this tool, researchers will examine differences between prelingually and postlingually deafened CI users.
Windsor University, Drummer Mechanics & Ergonomics Research Laboratory (DRUMMER Lab) — Windsor, Ontario
Drum set educators play a vital role in promoting healthy behaviors in their students, yet few drummers report having been trained in the prevention of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs). This project will explore the reasons why drum set educators do (or do not) teach PRMD prevention. The results will guide the creation of resources to empower instructors to develop or enhance this aspect of their curricula.
Preservation Assistance Grantees
Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project — Philadelphia, Pa.
The Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project, through its fiscal sponsor, Ars Nova Workshop, will assess, prioritize and plan the digitization, preservation and dissemination of recordings and archival materials surveyed in the Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project, the broader goal of which is to establish a Philadelphia Jazz Archives to document and preserve the city’s extraordinary jazz history.
The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. — New York
The Frank Schiffman Apollo Theater Collection in the archives of the National Museum of American History (NMAH) consists of unique artifacts (photographs, business records and press clippings) spanning the theater’s opening through the mid-1970s. The Apollo aims to further collaborate with NMAH to digitize these materials, fill in gaps in the Apollo’s digital archive, and preserve these priceless objects for future generations of music enthusiasts.
Arhoolie Foundation — El Cerrito, Calif.
The Arhoolie Foundation will digitize Chris Strachwitz rare recordings of performances, festivals and concerts from 1950 to 2000. The recordings cover genres such as blues, Cajun, zydeco, gospel, jazz, Tejano/Norteño, sacred steel, Klezmer, tamburitza, old-time, and other tradition-based styles; while artists include Lightnin’ Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Fred McDowell, Flaco Jiménez, Ry Cooder, Lydia Mendoza, Lowell Fulson, BeauSoleil, Tampa Red, Reverend Gary Davis, Rose Maddox, and others.
Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music dba Freight & Salvage — Berkeley, Calif.
The Freight & Salvage will continue preservation of performance recordings dated 1969 to 1989. This phase represents 30 percent of 2,500 recordings featuring historic musicianship collected over their 52-year history. Finalizing analog formats, this project will begin transferring recordings dated 1989 to 1999 to include early digital formats, e.g., DAT and CDR.
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum— Nashville, Tenn.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will assess, catalog and rehouse approximately 1,250 (1-sided) 11″ shellac and vinyl discs that comprise its essential body of test pressings donated by pioneering record producer, A&R man and Country Music Hall of Fame member Arthur “Uncle Art” Satherley. The Collection comprises rare, fragile and historically significant recordings – including a number of potentially unissued recordings.
University of California, Los Angeles — Los Angeles
UCLA Film & Television Archive will digitize, restore and preserve three rare classic Hollywood musical short subjects: Tall Tales (1940), Lucky Millinder And His Orchestra (1946) and Sweet Shoe (1937). These three shorts serve as critical examples of early race integration in the genre, and include historically significant performances with rare appearances from influential African American figures.
University of Toronto Scarborough— Toronto, Ontario
Support from the GRAMMY Museum will enable the preservation of the largest known cache of field recordings of traditional French-Canadian instrumental music from Quebec. From 1965 to 1975, folklorist Jean Trudel recorded musicians at festivals, concerts, dances, and in their own homes. The grantee will digitize 107 audio and 103 video recordings made by Trudel and designated for inclusion in the National Collection of the Canadian Museum of History.
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