Grammy Museum to help catalogue Armenian-American music

About 1,500 recordings of Armenian music will be catalogued under a grant provided by the Grammy Museum.

The Museum is giving $200,000 to 15 different organizations to do scientific music-related research and preserve important musical archives.

The money is coming from the Grammy Museum Grant Program, which has been established to support various music-related scientific research projects in addition to a number of archiving and preservation programs.

The Armenian Studies Program at California State University, Fresno will get $5,000 to  catalogue 1,500 recordings on 78-rpm discs from the Armenian-American diaspora.

The collection represents the voices of musicians whose social, economic, and political status forced them out of their homeland. It was thus only in the emerging cosmopolitan American music scene that most of these artists were first able to be heard.

The Grammy Museum was established in 2008 to “cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music.” Maintaining a physical locations in Los Angeles and Cleveland, Mississippi, the museum also hosts traveling exhibits and develops music-based educational programs and exhibits in addition to supporting historical music projects.

“The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program to date has awarded more than $7.5 million to more than 400 grantees,” said Michael Sticka, executive director of the Grammy Museum, in a press release.

 “The work we help fund includes an impressive array of projects that are at the forefront of exploring music’s beneficial intersection with science, and that maintain our musical legacy for future generations. The initiatives announced today exemplify the Museum’s mission to uphold music’s value in our lives and shared culture.”

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