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Preservation and Archiving and Scientific Research Related to Music

GRAMMY Museum Grants Program

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Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations and individuals for projects related to music. Funding is intended to support music preservation, music archiving, and research exploring the effects of music on individuals and the human condition.

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.
The GRAMMY Museum awards grants in 3 categories: Scientific Research, Preservation Implementation, and Preservation Assistance. 
Research Grants: The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals in North America to support efforts in research that study the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, hearing loss alleviation, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly.
Preservation Grants: The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of North America.
  • Preservation Implementation Grants: Preservation Implementation Grants are available to help individuals and large organizations enhance their ability to preserve their collections which embody the recorded sound heritage of North America. 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
  • Preservation Assistance Grants: Preservation Assistance Grants are available to help individuals and small to mid-sized organizations enhance their ability to preserve their collections which embody the recorded sound heritage of North America. The goal of a Preservation Assistance grant is to fund the planning, assessment and preparation of recorded sound collections to be archived and preserved.  
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

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GrantWatch ID#: 181543

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Preservation Implementation Grants: $20,000 Maximum Award
- Preservation Assistance Grants: $5,000 Maximum Award
- Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 Maximum Award

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 7/1/22 – 10/1/22; however, start dates outside of this time frame will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals. The GRAMMY Museum funds individual grantees & 501(c)3 organizations.

Preservation grants have two funding categories:
- Organizations and/or departments located within an institution such as a library, museum or other organization in which archiving, preservation, cataloging and other related experts are accessible to the project with an annual budget of more than $1,000,000 must apply in the Preservation Implementation category.
- Organizations and individuals with an annual budget under $1,000,000 may apply in either category. Please review the additional parameters for the Implementation vs. Assistance categories in this document.

The GRAMMY Museum Does Not Fund:
- Recording Academy Chapter 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
- Proposals for commercial purposes
- Purchase or repairs of music instruments
- Maintenance or upgrading of computer systems
- Competitions or any expense associated with competitions
- Music education or in-residence programs
- Tuition
- Documentaries
- Endowments and fundraising
- Buildings and facilities
- Marketing, publicity, design costs
- Research projects that are not based on scientific research standards
- Secondary Analysis
- Purchase or repairs of equipment* (For more information, see or

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants much first submit a letter of inquiry. Select applicants will be invited to complete a full application in Winter 2021. Final decisions will be announced in June 2022.

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 1, 2021.

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

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

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