August 13, 1999


Recording Academy Grant Applications Now Available for 2000

Santa Monica - Application for the recording Academy's Grant program are now available. The program, in its 13th year, will award a total of $250,000 to further the development and completion of projects that will benefit the music community and society at large. The grant funding represents a 50% increase over last year, demonstrating the Recording Academy's ongoing commit-ment to its Grant program.

The deadline for submitting grant applications is October 1, 1999.

Grants will fund projects in three categories: 1) the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas, 2) research projects related to the impact of music on human development and, 3) the medical and occupational well-being of music professionals. The grants range from $10,000 to $20,000 with priority given to projects of national significance.

"In its 12 year history, the Recording Academy's Grant Program has grown dramatically helping to advance projects of great importance from preserving some of our most valuable musical recordings, documents and artifacts to ground-breaking research on the power of music in healing, growth and de-velopment," says Michael Greene, President/CEO of the Recording Academy.

In 1998-99 12 grants were awarded to individuals and organizations from seven different states. Projects ranged from preserving and cataloguing historical recordings and artifacts, to research addressing musicians hearing loss, identifying occupational health risks specific to musicians, the impact of music education for children from a disadvantaged background and research on the relationship between exposure to classical music and cognitive abilities in young children. Since its inception in 1987, several hundred thousand dollars have been awarded to more than 76 noteworthy projects.

Grant applications are available by calling 310.392.3777 or by visiting the Member Services website at http://www.GRAMMY.com/memberservices/index.html. The deadline to submit proposals for the 1999/2000 Recording Academy Grant cycle is October 1, 1999.

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