The GRAMMY Museum Announces Initiatives To Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month This March

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The GRAMMY Museum Announces Initiatives To Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month This March

The GRAMMY Museum has served more than 435,000 students through its educational program and, this March, the museum's initiatives continue to champion music education.

Recording Academy/Feb 8, 2023 - 11:12 pm

Supporting music education is a cornerstone of the Recording Academy, and as Music In Our Schools Month approaches in March, the GRAMMY Museum announced initiatives to continue uplifting students and encouraging music career exploration.

The GRAMMY Museum launches its 3rd Annual GRAMMY In The Schools Fest from March 6-10, 2023, marking the first time the event will take place in-person in Los Angeles. The free festival will feature everything from artist performances and educational panels, to workshops featuring artists and industry professionals. Registered students can access free lesson plans and study guides, and the festival will also be streamed online for free on COLLECTION:live, the GRAMMY Museum's streaming platform. Students can register for the festival here.

Starting Feb. 27, a new online resource called The Learning Hub will become available on COLLECTION:live for free. As the GRAMMY Museum's premiere platform for music education, The Learning Hub will feature videos from former GRAMMY In The Schools Fests, Careers Through Music, and so many more sessions that will be added regularly. View the collection here.

The GRAMMY Museum will begin hosting the six-week Industry SESH program on March 13, 2023, which aims to educate adults and students about the music industry. The program will offer sessions on music production, music business, artist development, and songwriting.

Every Thursday of March 2023, the GRAMMY Museum will also host weekly workshops through a partnership with the Musician's Institute. View the schedule, which features workshops such as "Creating Ableton Live Loops and The Drum Set," "World Beat Rhythms," and "A Pop Lyric Writing Workshop."

During Music In Our Schools Month, high schoolers interested in music careers can apply for GRAMMY Camp. Held July 16-22, 2023, GRAMMY Camp allows students to apply for one of eight offered career tracks taught by music professionals. This is the first year the camp expands to seven days. Students can apply to attend GRAMMY Camp through March 31, 2023.

Applications for the Music Education Award are also open during Music In Our Schools Month. The Music Education Award honors one music teacher annually for their impact on students' lives; the recipient receives a $10,000 honorarium for themselves as well as a matching grant for their school. The deadline to nominate a teacher for next year is March 15, 2023, though teachers do not need to be nominated in order to apply. Teachers can apply for the award here before March 31, 2023

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GRAMMY Museum Grant Program Awards $200,000 For Music Research & Sound Preservation
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GRAMMY Museum Grant Program Awards $200,000 For Music Research & Sound Preservation

The funds will directly support programs that deal with archiving and preservation, as well as research initiatives that analyze the impact of music on human development.

Recording Academy/Nov 28, 2023 - 03:59 pm

Year-round, the GRAMMY Museum commits itself to emphasizing how music enhances the human experience. As such, it just committed significant funds to this continuous inquiry.

On Nov. 28, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program announced that $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 14 recipients in the United States to further a spectrum of research on a multitude of subjects, as well as support numerous archiving and preservation programs.

"This year marks the 36th year that the GRAMMY Museum and Recording Academy have partnered to provide much deserved funding for music research and preservation projects across the United States and Canada. During that time, we have awarded more than $8.3 million to 479 grantees," Michael Sticka, President/CEO of the GRAMMY Museum, said in a statement.

"It is our vision to lead in creating a world in which shared love of music sparks curiosity, creativity, and community," Sticka continued. "We are honored to help these incredible projects continue to inspire the music, science, and technology world of tomorrow."

Graciously funded by the Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals, supporting efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, as well as research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

In 2008, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program expanded its categories to include assistance grants for individuals and small to mid-sized organizations to aid collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan.

The assistance planning process, which may include inventorying and stabilizing a collection, articulates the steps to be taken to ultimately archive recorded sound materials for future generations. 

A list of beneficiaries can be found below, and more information about the program can be found at www.grammymuseum.org.

Scientific Research Grantees

Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience - Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School — Boston, Massachusetts

Awarded: $19,848

Children with ADHD display vulnerabilities in rhythm perception and motor production that interfere with everyday activities. This project will characterize behavioral and neurophysiological profiles of auditory-perceptual difficulties in pediatric ADHD and their associations with motor performance. Findings have the potential to inform the individualized treatment of auditory-motor difficulties in pediatric ADHD, including a music-based intervention.

New York University — New York, New York

Awarded: $19,953

Increasing use of smart devices and social media among teenagers has led to concerns regarding their impact on mental health and cognition. This project aims to use digital art-based interventions (music, visual arts) to transform adolescent social media usage into stimulating activities, to mitigate negative effects of excessive 'passive' use of these platforms. We hypothesize that these will promote plasticity in brain networks previously described as impaired by social media overuse.

Northwestern University — Chicago, Illinois

Awarded: $20,000

This project will examine the use of singing and breathwork as an intervention for mitigating stress and increasing the psychological and social well-being of children globally. Using biomedical sensors, psychological measures and behavioral analysis to holistically evaluate effects, the goal is to improve understanding around and provide evidence for how music can serve as an accessible, low-cost response to mental health concerns across diverse cultural contexts.

University of Toronto — Mississauga, Ontario

Awarded: $20,000

When words are put to song, they are neurally tracked more accurately than spoken words — but no studies have related neural tracking to real-world outcomes like comprehension. Using mobile electroencephalography (EEG) in the classroom, this project will determine how neural tracking of song and speech relates to comprehension, intelligibility and memory. The results will inform basic science, classroom instruction and interventions for individuals with dyslexia.

Preservation Assistance Grantees

Colin Morgan — Sedro-Woolley, Washington

Awarded: $5,000

This project will implement the archive of Wadada Leo Smith, an established and well known creative musician, composer and trumpet player. An early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and one of the leading forces in music and education since the 1960s, Mr. Smith has advanced a wide variety of styles and techniques in the contemporary arena. The archive will be a definitive repository of Mr. Smith's work in music.

Painted Bride Art Center, as fiscal sponsor for Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Awarded: $5,000

The Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project, through its fiscal sponsor Painted Bride Art Center, will plan the digitization and dissemination of 77 interviews with Philadelphia jazz musicians. Conducted from the early 1980s to early 2020s, the interviews are a treasure trove of jazz history, documenting the lives and careers of both world-famous and locally based Philadelphia jazz musicians.

Regan Sommer McCoy — New York, New York

Awarded: $5,000

The Mixtape Museum will begin planning, assessment and preparation to archive and preserve its recorded sound collections. These recordings contain some of the earliest sounds of hip-hop and one-of-a-kind mixtapes by fans and practitioners. The goal is to make these recordings available for research and use by the public.

Rico Washington — New York, New York

Awarded: $5,000

This project will preserve the sound recordings of Johnnie Mae Matthews, an influential African American entrepreneur in Detroit's music industry who shaped the careers of future stars such as the Temptations, Diana Ross and Motown mogul Berry Gordy. By digitizing the master tapes of her solo recordings and her record label catalog, this project corrects the erasure of African American women's contributions, highlighting their vital role in shaping music history.

Preservation Implementation 

Cape Breton University, Beaton Institute — Sydney, Nova Scotia

Awarded: $16,699

Founded in 1949, the Rodeo Records/Banff Collection is the most comprehensive example of significant regional and national Canadian commercial recordings in existence. This project will complete the digitization of at-risk master recordings and 78 rpm records, improve preservation methods for the physical collection, and provide greater online access for researchers.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum — Nashville, Tennessee

Awarded: $20,000

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will assess, catalog, re-house, and make accessible a collection of approximately 8,160 radio transcription discs containing historically significant recordings. Select recordings from the collection will then be prioritized for digitization in the second phase of the project, based on preservation needs. The collection features interviews and performances with a variety of country music artists.

East Tennessee State University — Johnson City, Tennessee

Awarded: $20,000

The Archives of Appalachia at ETSU will clean and digitize 246 recordings from the Folk Festival of the Smokies in Cosby, Tennesee (1967-1999) and the Grayson County Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention in Independence, Virginia (1968-1979). These recordings contain unique performances that highlight old-time and traditional Appalachian music.

Kronos Performing Arts Association — San Francisco, California

Awarded: $12,500

This project will preserve and provide public access to content from the Kronos Hour and Radio Kronos broadcasts (1984-1991). Distributed by American Public Media, the programs feature recordings of new work by Kronos Quartet and guest artists, along with interviews of many prominent musicians and composers. The collection captures a unique view of the late 20th 

century cultural landscape across many musical genres.

University of Iowa Libraries — Iowa City, Iowa

Awarded: $11,000

The University of Iowa Libraries will digitize, preserve, transcribe, and translate Czech music and recitations on cylinder dating from 1903-1908 from two labels: Ed. Jedlička and Columbia. The Jedlička recordings constitute some of the earliest recordings made for a specific ethnic group, and include music, poetry, stories, and comedy. The Columbia recordings are rare European issues of Czech music and comedy.

University of North Texas — Denton, Texas

Awarded: $20,000

This project will digitally preserve an estimated 150 hours of interviews, conducted or collected by former NPR host and producer Tim Owens. The collection includes major jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Percy Heath, Hampton Hawes, Milt Jackson, Arif Mardin, Tony Bennett, Jay McShann, and others. Once digitized, these items will be preserved in and accessible via the UNT Digital Library.

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Here's What Went Down At The Recording Academy's New York Chapter GRAMMY Career Day
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Here's What Went Down At The Recording Academy's New York Chapter GRAMMY Career Day

At the Recording Academy's New York Chapter, students received a crash course in not just surviving, but thriving, in the music industry.

Recording Academy/Oct 31, 2023 - 08:21 pm

On Oct. 24, the world' s leading society of music people laid some precious knowledge on students. At a career day held in partnership with The Hartt School of Music, Dance & Theater at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, young professionals attended an array of topical sessions featuring movers and shakers from across the music industry.

By the end of the day, they had learned how they can put roots down in a complicated, ever-shifting industry landscape — and not only grow, but flourish.

After welcome remarks by Nick Cucci, Sr. Executive Director of the Recording Academy' s New York Chapter, Cucci sat down with Dani Friedman, the hospitality coordinator for seven-time GRAMMY winners and 34-time nominees Coldplay.

Therein, Friedmani discussed how she got her start in the industry, as a former GRAMMY U Rep and an intern at "Saturday Night Live." She elaborated on how all of those experiences set her up for success as she embarked on her career.

Friedman also discussed the importance of establishing and maintaining connections within the industry as a person just getting their start. She also discussed how to position internship connections to make the most out of those relationships after they graduate.

"As someone who came into this world without any connections or guidance on how to get started, I think programs such as GRAMMY Career Day are invaluable to both high school and college students alike," Friedman says. "It' s so important to share resources available to them and I am so happy to be able to give back already at such an early point in my career."

Afterward, schools attended two out of three topical sessions:

The first was titled "Navigating the Music Industry: Recording Contracts, Publishing & Royalties." This session featured Lee Dannay, Head of A&R at Thirty Tigers and Michael Goldstone, owner of Mom + Pop Music. Students heard from Dannay and Goldstone about how important contracts are in the musical cog.

"We too, started out as high school students with a passion for music and dreams of working in the industry," Dannay said after the event, adding that the career day session "instilled a level of enthusiasm and confidence in the students that will be invaluable to them going forward."

During their panel session, the pair discussed what it means to be paid royalties for the music one creates. They also gave students a bird' s eye view of major and indie label experiences, touching on the differing structure in each environment. Their key advice? Beware of the words "in perpetuity" — and balance your job with hobbies and passions outside of work.

The second was dubbed "Empowering Artists: Artist Representation and the Live Music Experience." This discussion featured GRAMMY-nominated jazz singer/songwriter Nicole Zuraitis; and Kristina Latino, Owner, Cornerscape Artist Management.

During this session, students learned all the nuances of representing artists — how to shop them, prepare  to leverage their brand, and navigate the industry independently or with the partnership of a major label.

They also conversed about going to college versus jumping right into music, as well as the value of education and the unique opportunity that exists in the music industry to explore both paths concurrently. For example, as they posited, an English class will teach you the power of words — and those words can change the way you write a song. 

The third session was "The Musical Landscape: Digital Marketing & The Power of Social Media," which featured the participation of Jeanine McLean, President of MBK Entertainment, Inc. and Tone Stith, Artist/Songwriter (Chris Brown, H.E.R., Quavo, Ty Dolla $ign).

McLean and Stith spoke with students about digital marketing, the power of social media, and how those tools are used to create and leverage a creative' s brand identity.

As a singer/songwriter himself, Stith spoke to students about how he has used TikTok campaigns to showcase songs, engaging his fan base through social media. From the business side, McLean discussed utilizing new media as a branding tool. She explained how her team works with artists like Tone to leverage platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook to build a brand.  

"Speaking with the students in an intimate setting was very effective because it allowed our time together to be very conversational," Stith says. "I was able to share my journey of being a signed artist and singer/songwriter, they were able to ask me questions and I was able to ask them questions about their career goals and dreams. We talked, laughed and it was awesome because there was a lot of talent in the room, so I took out my guitar and we had a mini jam session!"

The day ended with a group session called "Internships: What are they and why are they important? with Marcus X. Thomas, Esq, Chair, Music and Performing Arts Management, The Hartt School, University of Hartford — as well as Chadae Bowler, Marketing Professional at TIDAL.

Thomas and Bowler spoke to students about the aspects of an internship and the opportunities that an internship can provide for college students. As Chadae said, internships are the "entry point to learning about the system." Students were able to ask questions and get a feel for how they can use internships to explore any industry.  

All in all, the day was a smashing success — and these participants offered testimonials.

Said Thomas: "It' s incredibly significant for the Recording Academy to bring GRAMMY Career Day to the city of Hartford. Although New York is just two hours away, it can be challenging for many young people who aspire to have a music career to make it to the city and connect with the industry. By coming to Connecticut, the Recording Academy is making the business more accessible to eager students. It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that this has the potential to be life changing.

"The University of Hartford is excited to partner with the Recording Academy on GRAMMY Career Day," he continued. "This is one of several innovative initiatives we' re working on at The Hartt School to foster stronger relationships with area high schools for the benefit of the students we all serve. I hope we inspire students to learn more about rewarding careers in the music business, whether they come to the University of Hartford, go to another school, or go directly into the industry. As an educator, I want to equip students to become lifelong learners wherever their 'classroom' may be."

Added Dannay: "Programs like Grammy Career Day bring tremendous value to high school students, not only shedding light on behind the scenes jobs, internships and future career opportunities, and ways to attain those opportunities, but perhaps equally important:-the personal insight and encouragement shared by the panelists today, showed the students that their dreams and aspirations are attainable."

Zuraitis chimed in as well: "The music industry is multifaceted with a vast amount of opportunities for people to work within it, not just on stage! Showcasing and empowering students to pursue internships and look outside the box for career opportunities within the music business is exciting. Sharing my personal story about working from the ground up for many years helps redefine what success looks like on every level, not just at the tippy top. Personal stories motivate students to pursue a difficult but ultimately rewarding career by seeing that dreams are attainable with tenacity, networking and kindness."

The Recording Academy commends all who made GRAMMY Career Day possible — and urges you to keep checking RecordingAcademy.com for more news on events like it!

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GRAMMY Museum And The Recording Academy Announce Recipients Of The 2023 Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship
2023 Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship Recipients (L-R) Dilan Hoskins, Aliyah Durazo, Olivia Moyana Pierce, Emmanuel Strickland, and Vashed Thompson

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GRAMMY Museum And The Recording Academy Announce Recipients Of The 2023 Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship

Each of the five recently announced recipients of the 2023 Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship will receive financial scholarships and comprehensive internship program and professional development opportunities.

Recording Academy/Oct 17, 2023 - 01:00 pm

The Recording Academy's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team, along with the GRAMMY Museum, have announced five recipients for the 2023 Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship: Aliyah Durazo (California State University Fullerton), Dilan Hoskins (Tennessee State University), Olivia Moyana Pierce (Northwestern University), Emmanuel Strickland (Tennessee State University), and Vashed Thompson (University of Texas at Austin).

Established in 2021, the Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship, named in honor of the late music executive and DJ Quinn Coleman, is a financial scholarship and comprehensive internship program that aims to eliminate barriers in the music industry by providing professional development opportunities to help students prepare for full-time employment. Each of the five recently announced recipients will serve as interns and collaborate closely with the GRAMMY Museum, the Recording Academy, and their affiliated Chapters. As well, each intern will be awarded two $1,000 scholarships for tuition, a $500 stipend for interview preparation, two $250 stipends for books and equipment, and further funding to invest in their personal portfolios. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to undertake a spring internship at the Recording Academy or Latin Recording Academy.

The recipients, who hail from different cities across the country, hold various interests in careers in music. Durazo is a senior from California State University Fullerton interested in marketing; Hoskins is a sophomore at Tennessee State University interested in commercial music; Pierce is a senior at Northwestern University interested in music supervision; Strickland is a junior at Tennessee State University interested in music composition; and Thompson is a sophomore at University of Texas at Austin interested in digital marketing and public relations.

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GRAMMY Museum & Recording Academy Announced Second Annual Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship
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GRAMMY Museum & Recording Academy Announced Second Annual Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship

The program's mission is to elevate the next generation of Black music creators via a comprehensive internship program and opportunities for professional development. Application opens on Tues, Sept. 5, and closes on Fri, Oct. 6.

Recording Academy/Sep 5, 2023 - 01:00 pm

The GRAMMY Museum and the Recording Academy have announced the launch of the second annual Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship.

The program is designed to continue razing barriers within the music industry by providing Black college students professional development experiences that will ready them for future full-time employment.

Established in 2021, the program was named in honor of the late music executive and DJ Quinn Coleman, who tragically passed away at the age of 31 in 2020. Following his passing, his family established the Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship through the GRAMMY Museum to help keep his legacy alive.

The Recording Academy's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team will judiciously select currently enrolled college students across the country who aim to pursue careers in the music industry or other related creative fields.

Five interns will be chosen to collaborate closely with the GRAMMY Museum, Recording Academy and affiliated chapters.

Additionally, each intern will receive two $1,000 scholarships for tuition, a $500 stipend for interview preparation, two $250 stipends for books and equipment, and funding to invest in personal portfolios — in addition to a spring internship at the Recording Academy or Latin Recording Academy.

"I'm thrilled to see Quinn's legacy continue with another year of Quinn Coleman Scholars. With the help of the GRAMMY Museum and the Recording Academy, we are excited to welcome the next class of students passionate about music inclusion, excellence, and dedication," said Debra Lee, Founder of Leading Women Defined and Former Chairman & CEO of BET Networks.

The scholarship application opens on Tues. Sept. 5, and will close on Fri. Oct. 6. Selected scholarship recipients will be announced on Tues. Oct. 17.

To apply for the scholarship, visit here. To learn more about the Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship, visit here. For more information on the GRAMMY Museum, visit here.

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