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Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings Grants Program

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations
and Individuals to Preserve Western Art Music

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Deadline Date:

12/15/17 Receipt


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Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International organizations and individuals to support the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music. Projects may involve preservation, in any valid and reasonable fashion, of commercial as well as private instantaneous recordings, such as providing a collection with proper climate control, and moving a collection to facilities with proper storage conditions.

Projects may also involve re-sleeving a collection of discs, setting up a volunteer project to organize and inventory a stored collection, rescuing recordings from danger, or copying recordings on endangered or unstable media. Projects promoting public access to recordings will also be considered.

Methodology and Standards:

Audio recordings should be preserved following ARSC preferred methods and standards for preservation projects:

Projects should comply with the preservation guidelines published by the Technical Committee of the International Association of Audiovisual Archives (IASA) in documents TC-03: The safeguarding of the audio heritage: Ethics, principles, and preservation strategy (Version 2, September, 2001) and TC-04: Guidelines on the production and preservation of digital audio objects (Second Edition, 2009). Both are available in full, online, at and or can be purchased through IASA's webcart (

The section of the proposal dealing with methodology should discuss the following, especially when recordings in obsolete formats are to be digitally preserved:

- The vendor or staff member(s) who will conduct the playback and digital preservation of the originals and their qualifications.
- Specific information about the equipment to be utilized, including playback equipment, the analog to digital converter, and the hardware and software to be used.
- The types of audio files to be created for both archiving and dissemination.
- Information on how the files will be stored and backed up. Will there be a designated storage facility for the files?
- Metadata describing the files and how it will be created.

If appropriate, the above information may be included in a letter of agreement from a vendor.

Applicants whose projects are planned to depart from the preferred methodology and standards should provide a rationale for the compatibility of their methodological approach with the goals of the project and the expectations of its users. Applicants are encouraged to outsource reformatting to a qualified company capable of complying with the IASA guidelines if they lack the necessary equipment for their tasks.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149440

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts generally range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects should be completed within twenty-four months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Collections may be based anywhere in the world (non-U.S. applicants are encouraged to apply). Both ARSC members and non-members are eligible for grants.

The ARSC Program cannot consider funding:

-Chapters, Board members, or officers of ARSC
-Organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, or age
-Costs of commercial design, marketing, or publicity
-Purchase of collections or individual recordings
-Purchase or repair of equipment or other facilities
-Maintenance or upgrading of computer systems
-New recording projects
-Endowments or fund-raising

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for receipt of applications for the next grant cycle is December 15, 2017.

Note: Emailed applications will be acknowledged by email. If you wish notification that your mailed application has been received, please include a self-addressed stamped postcard. All applications must be received by the December 15 deadline.

Written notification of decisions on projects will be made approximately three months after the submission deadline (please do not contact the committee about progress on decisions).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications may be sent as an email attachment to Grants Committee Chair, Suzanne Flandreau, at

If email is not an option, please mail your completed application to the Grants Committee Chair, Suzanne Flandreau at:

ARSC Grants Committee
Suzanne Flandreau
621 N. Fifth Street
Niles, MI 49120

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.