Funding Sources for Audio Preservation
CLIR Recordings at Risk
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) administers the Recordings at Risk program, a national regranting program that supports the preservation of rare and unique recordings of high scholarly value in the United States. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation the program will award from $10,000 to $50,000 in the Open Competition grants.
DEADLINES: July 31, 2017, February 2018, and June 2018
CLIR RAR Guidelines here
The GRAMMY Museum - Archiving and 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 the America, and will award from $5,000 to $20,000 in the Archiving and Preservation program.
DEADLINE: October 1, 2017
GRAMMY Museum Guidelines here
NHPRC Access to Historical Records Grants
Archival Projects and Major Initiatives
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 - Archival Projects
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; or to digitize historical records collections and make them freely available online. Up to $100,000 for one or two-year projects.
DEADLINE: October 5, 2017 (Optional draft deadline Aug 8, 2017)
NHPRC Archival Projects Guidelines here
NHPRC Access to Historical Records - Major Initiatives
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; Create new freely-available virtual collections drawn from historical records held by multiple institutions; Provide access to born-digital records; Create new tools and methods for users to access records. $100,000 to $350,000 for one to three-year projects.
DEADLINE: January 18, 2018 (Preliminary proposal)
NHPRC Major Initiatives Guidelines here
Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC)
Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings Grants
The ARSC Program for the Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings was founded in 2004
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 activities include projects involving preservation in any valid and reasonable fashion. Grant amounts from $2,000 to $10,000.
DEADLINE: December 15, annually
ARSC Preservation of Classical Music Guidelines here
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grants
DEADLINE for the current application period was July 20, 2017 -
but start planning for NEXT YEAR!
The NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Eligible grant activities include: Planning; Assessments; Digitization; Rehousing; Conservation treatment leading to enhanced access. Eligible collection materials include books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Current grant amounts up to $350,000 for Implementation Grants, and up to $50,000 for Foundation Grants.
NEH HCRR Guidelines here
NEDCC offers digitization of audio media using traditional and optical-scanning technologies.
The NEDCC Audio Preservation department performs 100% attended transfers (i.e., one audio engineer transfers one recording at a time). Deliverables are monitored 100% by ear (not software) for quality control. Candidates for NEDCC's Audio Preservation Service include collections that demand a higher level of care and skill, such as, rare ethnographic field recordings; oral histories; live recordings; unique recordings of historic events; etc.
Interested in working with NEDCC on an audio preservation grant project?
Contact: Bryce Roe, NEDCC Manager of Audio Preservation Services, 978-470-1010