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GRAMMY Museum Presents Spectacular 'The Power Of Song: A Songwriters Hall Of Fame Exhibit' Paying Tribute To American Icons
The immersive exhibit highlights transcendent American artists, celebrates the work and legacy of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and explores the mysteries behind the creation of world-shifting music.
For more than half a century, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has honored and celebrated the greatest songwriters and composers of our time.
The GRAMMY Museum's The Power of Song: A Songwriters Hall of Fame Exhibit lauds the work and legacy of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and explores the mysteries behind the making of great music. The newly expanded traveling exhibit launches at the GRAMMY Museum on April 26 and will run through Sept. 4.
Through artifact displays, an original film, and interactive experiences, The Power of Song: A Songwriters Hall of Fame Exhibit, examines the songwriter's creative process, tells the stories of great songwriters — all of whom are Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees or Special Award recipients — and digs deep into the celebrated compositional works that make up the American music treasury.
Curated by Jasen Emmons — the GRAMMY Museum's Chief Curator & VP of Curatorial Affairs — and Kelsey Goelz, GRAMMY Museum's Associate Curator, the exhibit pays tribute to artists who have significantly contributed to America's rich songwriting legacy.
The GRAMMY Museum has an ongoing collaboration with the Songwriters Hall of Fame and served as one of its physical homes since 2010. This partnership resulted in the curation and launch of this traveling exhibition, which illuminates the art of songwriting and offers an inside look at the creative process behind popular songs.
Originally launching at CUNY Graduate Center in New York this past summer, the newly expanded exhibit opening in Los Angeles includes several new, never-before-seen artifacts representing the careers of songwriters such as Tom Petty, Allee Willis, the Songwriters Hall of Fame's current Chairman and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Nile Rodgers, and many more.
It also includes interactive content where visitors will be able to explore a sprawling database of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees and choose between several “song spotlights” to hear renowned songwriters explain the origins of a song.
Highlights from The Power of Song: A Songwriters Hall of Fame Exhibit include:
An original exhibit film featuring songwriters Jimmy Jam, Toby Keith, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, Carole Bayer Sager, and Diane Warren, sharing insights about their creative process.
A songwriting interactive featuring Toby Keith, Carole King, Smokey Robinson, and Don Schlitz, each dissecting one of their hit songs.
A piano owned by George Gershwin – one of three pianos that he commissioned during his career.
Handwritten lyrics and other songwriting artifacts representing the creative work of inductees Desmond Child, Hal David, Steve Dorff, Lamont Dozier, Will Jennings, Holly Knight, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Henry Mancini, John Mellencamp, Alan Menken, Cole Porter, Taylor Swift, and others.
Learn more about The Power of Song: A Songwriters Hall of Fame Exhibit and advanced ticket reservations for the exhibit.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Cape Breton University, Beaton Institute — Sydney, Nova Scotia
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
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
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
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
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
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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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.
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.
Honoring the life and legacy of Quinn Coleman, who tragically passed away at 31 in 2020, the Quinn Coleman Memorial Scholarship was established by his family through the GRAMMY Museum to keep his memory and impact alive.
Learn more about the 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.
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.
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4 Ways To Maximize Your Recording Academy Membership
Here is a thorough guide to the primary ways all Recording Academy members can use their platform, maximize their membership, and get involved with the Academy's various divisions and initiatives.
If you're reading this, chances are you've decided to become a member of the Recording Academy. You are to be commended for this decision!
As part of the world's leading society of music people, you are in a unique position to make your voice heard — and effect change that not only manifests during the GRAMMYs show, but ripples throughout the music industry and world at large.
As such, becoming a member is merely the first step: it's time to use your platform to the fullest and get involved with the Academy's various divisions and initiatives. Below is a handy guide to the primary ways you can maximize your Recording Academy membership.
Fight For Music Creator's Rights
One of the most crucial divisions of the Recording Academy is Advocacy, which fights to protect the rights of music makers and advance their interests in the realms of /ocal, state and federal policy.
Additionally, Advocacy works to educate the public about key legislation and policy issues that affect everyone in the music community.
As an Academy member, you can get involved with Advocacy in a number of ways. One is by familiarizing yourself with GRAMMYs On The Hill, a two-day event consisting of the GRAMMYs on the Hill Awards and subsequent Advocacy Day.
Over the course of these events, music creators come together with Members of Congress to celebrate those who have been exceptional in their support of creator's rights and to advocate for the passage of legislation that will further improve those rights.
Another important component of Advocacy is District Advocate, the largest grassroots advocacy movement for music and its makers.
This manifests every year in District Advocate Day, where Recording Academy members across the U.S. met virtually with their Senators and Congressional Representatives to fight for change for the music community.
Other facets of Advocacy to get acquainted with include the GRAMMY Fund For Music Creators and the quarterly advocacy newsletter and annual magazine. Furthermore, click here for a helpful landing page that features practical routes to support Advocacy initiatives.
Support The Next Generation of Music
The GRAMMY Museum's education initiatives aim to keep music in our schools and introduce music as a profession to young people.
Here are four ways they do this:
The GRAMMY Museum's K-12 educational outreach and funding efforts ensure the future of music is only as strong as the next generation of creators. Last year alone, the Museum reached more than 700,000+ students through their free virtual education programming by way of GRAMMY Museum At Home and online streaming service, COLLECTION:live.
Their many public programs range from panels on the state of the music industry to intimate performances.
The Museum's Los Angeles location offers a variety of interactive and educational experiences that provide insights into artists who have shaped music history — as well as the creative process itself.
Re:live Music Moments on COLLECTION:live, the official streaming service from the GRAMMY Museum featuring artist interviews, performances, and livestreams.
Support Music Makers
As a freshly minted member of the Recording Academy, you can help spread awareness of resources that aid all music makers in need.
Founded by the Recording Academy in 1989, MusiCares is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting the health and welfare of the music community through preventative care, crisis relief and recovery support.
Here are just some of the ways MusiCares is here to support you and your peers in the music community:
Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services
Support, referrals, and emergency financial assistance for counseling, psychiatric care, inpatient treatment, coaching, intensive outpatient care, group therapy, sober living and more.
Financial assistance during medical crises and preventive services such as dental and medical screenings, hearing clinics, vocal health workshops, and assistance obtaining low-cost health insurance.
MusiCares provides humanitarian disaster relief, and emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses like rent, utilities, car payments and insurance premiums.
They can also assist with funeral costs, or instrument replacement/repair if stolen or damaged in a natural disaster — excluding wear and tear.
The human services team also offers preventive programs addressing financial literacy, affordable housing, career development, legal issues, and senior services.
Support The Academy's Future & Evolution
As a member, you have the ability to make big moves at the Academy by:
Recommending fellow music peers to become members
Submitting projects for GRAMMY Awards consideration
Proposing amendments to GRAMMY Awards rules
Voting in the GRAMMY Awards process (if you're a voting member; key dates here)
Getting involved in the Academy's DEI efforts
Running for a Recording Academy board and/or participating on advisory committees
Joining local chapters and voting in chapter elections
Participating in members-only programs
Supporting the Producers & Engineers (P&E) and Songwriters & Composers (S&C) wings
Additionally, you can become eligible to purchase GRAMMYs tickets and join the Latin Recording Academy as a dual member.
The Recording Academy is thrilled to have you as a member — whether you've already joined, or plan to join in the future! Watch this space for further news about Recording Academy membership and all other goings-on with the world's leading society of music people.