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GRAMMY Museum Grants Program

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits and Individuals
to Preserve and Study North American Music

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

10/01/17 11:59 PM PST Receipt


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Grants to USA and Canada nonprofits and individuals for the preservation and archiving of music and other recorded sounds that are representative of North American heritage. Funding is also available for scientific research projects addressing the role of music in the human experience.

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.

The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program funds the following areas:

1) Scientific Research Projects

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 as well those addressing an important research question.

2) Archiving and Preservation Projects

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:

A. Preservation Implementation:

Preservation Implementation Grants are available to help individuals and large organizations enhance their ability to preserve their collections that embody the recorded sound heritage of North America.

Large organizations are defined as organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or more and/or are located within an institution that includes a library or museum or other division in which archiving, preservation, cataloguing and other related experts are accessible to the project.

The goal of the Preservation Implementation grant is to fund projects where the project materials have been identified and are in possession of the applicant, where preliminary assessment and planning has occurred, and where the applicant has addressed and/or is ready to implement the following:

-Prioritization of materials (based on uniqueness, historically significance, and at-risk status)
-Inventory and cataloging of the materials
-Stabilized, climate controlled storage of materials
-Address ownership or rights issues
-Identification of qualified staff and/or vendors
-Planned preservation methodology
-Identification of long-term storage
-Broad dissemination plan

B. Assistance, Assessment and/or Consultation:

Preservation Assistance Grants are available to help individuals and small to mid-sized organizations enhance their ability to preserve their collections that embody the recorded sound heritage of North America. Small to mid-sized organizations are defined as organizations with annual budgets of less than $500,000 and limited or no organizational access to “in-house” experts.

The goal of a Preservation Assistance grant is to fund the planning, assessment, and preparation of recorded sound collections to be archived and preserved. Applicants must describe how they will draw on the knowledge and expertise of their staff and/or outside consultants whose preservation skills are related to the type of collection and nature of activities that are the focus of the project.

A department with a budget of less than $500,000, located within an institution with a budget of more than $500,000 such as a library, museum or other organization in which archiving, preservation, cataloguing and other related experts are accessible to the project, should apply under the Implementation category and incorporate planning into their request as needed.

The GRAMMY Museum Funds:
-Preservation of original, pre-existing media and source material
-Preservation projects which follow the recommended methodology
-Projects of historical, artistic, cultural and/or national significance
-Archiving projects including the rescue, organization of and access to pre-existing media and materials

Salary Compensation: Funding requests for salary compensation that covers full-time staff at the applicant organization should equal no more than fifty percent (50%) of the total funding requested from the GRAMMY Museum. Those funds must be used for project specific tasks related to the grant request and not to supplement staff salary. Any intent to provide salary compensation above the fifty percent (50%) must be disclosed and explained in the proposal budget. Post-doctoral researchers hired on for the project are not in the same category and may be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181543

Estimated Size of Grant:

Archiving and Preservation - Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award

Archiving and Preservation - Assistance, Assessment and/or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award

Scientific Research Projects: Grant amounts generally range from $10,000 - $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant requests may span a time period of up to twenty-four months and cannot overlap with previously awarded projects.

Preferred project start dates are between 3/15/18 - 7/1/18; however, start dates outside of this time frame will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The GRAMMY Museum Funds individual grantees and 501(c)(3) organizations.

The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals in North America.

The GRAMMY Museum Does Not Fund:
-Recording Academy Chapters, Trustees, Governors, Officers or Staff
-GRAMMY Museum Projects or Staff
-501(c)6 organizations
-Organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, disability or age
-Regular ongoing business activities of individual/corporate applicant
-Projects promoting advocacy issues
-A single organization or individual for more than three consecutive years
-Organizations or individuals NOT based in North America (U.S. or Canada)
-Projects of which fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the proposal pertains to Latin music
-Purchase of collections
-Recording projects, demo tapes or performance events
-Proposals for commercial purposes (such as CD reissue or textbook / A/V package)
-Purchase or repairs of musical instruments
-Maintenance or upgrading of computer systems
-Competitions or any expense associated with competitions
-Work toward academic degrees
-Professional development
-Music education or in-residence programs
-Endowments and fundraising
-Buildings and facilities
-Marketing, publicity, design costs
-Projects where copyright status is unknown
-*Purchase or repairs of equipment

*An item is considered equipment by the GRAMMY Museum if it meets all of the following conditions:
-It has a normal useful life of at least four years.
-It is more feasible to repair than replace if a part is lost or worn out.
-It represents an investment which makes it feasible to maintain in inventory.
-It does not lose its identity through incorporation into a different or more complex unit.
-It retains its original shape and appearance with use. AND
-Costs more than $500

Examples of equipment the Foundation does NOT fund the purchase of: computers, hard/software and medical equipment including MRI, FMRI and EEG.

Examples of equipment that is considered “supplies” and eligible for funding: standardized paper tests, psychological tests, and iPods for study participants.

Please note: Equipment guidelines are general and are subject to some project-specific exceptions. Equipment and supplies are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be detailed in the budget sheet in the application phase.

Pre-Application Information:

The Letter of Inquiry Deadline is October 1, 2017 (11:59 PM PST). Letters of Inquiry that are received after October 1st will not be considered.

Contact Information:

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

To submit a Letter of Inquiry for the 2018 cycle, please click here:

If, after reviewing the guidelines and forms, you have specific questions, please email No phone calls, please.

800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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