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Funding for Audio Preservation


As a result of the National Recording Preservation Plan's focus on the nation's audio heritage, both federal and private funders have made grant funds available for caring for and reformatting these significant collections, which are often unique recordings in deteriorating condition.

Several of these grants will also be included in our other Funding Sources pages, but for your convenience, we have gathered the sources for working with audio collections, and in particular, IRENE projects.


Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)

Washington, DC   
www.clir.org

Recordings at Risk - A National Regranting Program 

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual recordings of high scholarly value in the U.S.

Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will run four competitions from Jan 2017 to September 2018, and will award a total of $2.3 Million. Awards from the open competitions will range from $10,000 to $50,000 and will cover costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or audiovisual content by eligible institutions working independently or with qualified service providers.

About the Program

Deadlines:
Fifth Call: Deadline is February 8, 2019

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Digitization of audio and/or audiovisual materials 

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Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has generously awarded the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) funds to support the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program.

Deadline:
April  - Initial proposal deadline passed
Final proposal round is by invitation only.

Grant Amounts: Maximum allowable request for 2018: single-institution projects: between $50,000 and $250,000 / for collaborative projects: between $50,000 and $500,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Digitization

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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)

College Park, MD 
www.archives.gov/nhprc/
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) of the National Archives supports projects that promote access to America’s historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture.

NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants: Archival Projects
Deadline:  Oct 4, 2018 
Grant Amount: Up to $100,000 for one or two-year projects

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may preserve and process historical records to:

  • Create new online Finding Aids to collections
  • Digitize historical records collections and make them freely available online

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NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants: Major Initiatives
Successful preliminary proposal applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Preliminary Proposal Deadline: April 16, 2019   
Full Proposal Deadline: July 11, 2019
Grant Amount:$100,000 to  $350,000 for one to three-year projects

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may:

  • Digitize historical records collections, or related collections, held by a single institution and make them freely available online
  • Provide access to born-digital records
  • Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions
  • Create new tools and methods for users to access records

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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

Division of Preservation and Access
www.neh.gov

The NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government, dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  Grants for preservation and conservation projects are managed by its Division of Preservation and Access.

NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants (HCCR)

Deadline passed: July 2018
Grant amount: up to $350,000

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Implementing preservation measures, such as digitzation; preserving and improving access to born-digital sources; rehousing; and conservation treatment leading to enhanced access.

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Grammy Museum 

Los Angeles, CA

GRAMMY Museum Grant Programs

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.

Deadline: Letter of Inquiry - October 15, 2018

Museum grants are offered in two catagories: Preservation & Research.

Preservation Projects

The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America.

The  Preservation area has two funding categories. To determine under which category of preservation grant you should apply, please click here.
A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 Maximum Award
B. Assistance, Assessment and/or Consultation: $5,000 Maximum Award

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • 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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Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)

Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings Grants

Deadline: December 15, annually
Amounts: From $2,000 tp $10,000

The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings was founded in 2004 (to begin in 2006) by Al Schlachtmeyer and the Board of Directors of ARSC to encourage and support the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations.

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTVITIES INCLUDE:

Projects involving preservation in any valid and reasonable fashion.

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The National Recording Preservation Foundation (NRPF)

The National Recording Preservation Foundation offers grants to non-profit archives, libraries, museums, universities and other entities engaged in the preservation of audio materials that demonstrate cultural or historical importance and are held within the United States of America.

There is an open call for proposals for grants from the National Recording Preservation Foundation (NRPF) until August 15th. Individual grants will be awarded up to $20,000 each. NRPF would like to fund projects in each of the following areas: broadcast, spoken word and music, but awards will be made solely on the basis of the proposals themselves.

Deadline: August 15, 2018

ELIGIBLE GRANT ACTIVITIES:

Preservation and/or archiving, digitization, collection appraisal and planning, material or professional conservation, and the creation of means for public and or research access to collections.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, write to NRPF at grants@recordingpreservation.org.

Put in the subject line: Request for Grant Application Details. They will send by return email full information on how to apply.