A unique opportunity comes around once a year with the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program. With funding provided by The Recording Academy (aka The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, or NARAS), the GRAMMY Foundation Grant 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. Priority is given to projects with strong methodological design, as well those addressing an important research question.

In the past 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. You can read the complete list of 2015 recipients here.

If you are interested in being considered for a 2016 grant, you can learn more about the application process here.

With any digital archiving project, it is important to remember the value of a solid taxonomy. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

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