Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation

 

Overview


At the milestone of its 15th anniversary, The Latin Recording Academy, dedicated to improving the quality of life and the cultural condition for Latin music and its makers both inside and outside the United States, established a charitable foundation called the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation (LGCF). Respected leaders of The Latin Recording Academy have stepped forward to oversee and initially fund and guide the Foundation’s creation. Of note has been the return of The Latin Recording Academy’s first independent Chairman, Manolo Diaz, who has been appointed Foundation’s Vice President with executive responsibilities. Also important to note is The Latin Recording Academy’s commitment to subsidize the LGCF basic administration needs during its initial years.

 

Mission

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, through scholarships, fellowships, grants and education programs, furthers international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world's culture.

 

Foundation Operating Territory

The Foundation’s philanthropic program and activities focus on the following 24 countries:

Argentina Dominican Republic Paraguay
Bolivia Ecuador Peru
Brazil El Salvador Portugal
Canada Guatemala Puerto Rico
Chile Honduras Spain
Colombia Mexico United States
Costa Rica Nicaragua Uruguay
Cuba Panama Venezuela

 

Foundation Priorities

1. The Foundation’s primary charitable focus will be providing scholarships to gifted music students interested in Latin music genres, with financial limitations, preferably between 18 and 24 years of age and from around the globe, to perfect the knowledge and interpretation of Latin music.

 

2. The secondary focus is to provide fellowships and grants to individuals, scholars, organizations, and institutions worldwide for the research and preservation of Latin music genres.

 

3. The Foundation’s third focus is to produce Latin music education programs, tributes, activities, and events, including the Latin GRAMMY in the Schools program, implemented by LARAS since the year 2000.

 

 

Core Values And Guiding Principles

The LGCF will honor, abide by, and continually strive to be internationally known in all its offerings for these core values and guiding principles.

 

 

Programs


 

1. LGCF THREE TIERED SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Scholarship awards of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation will be offered through a three-tiered program of support to exceptional music students interested in studying Latin music genres. Applicants should preferably be between the ages of 18 and 24, and must have financial limitations that prevent them from studying at a prestigious music institution at college degree level. Students applying must be previously admitted to study at the music institution of their selection and approved by the LGCF, and must complete the Foundation’s application process. Scholarship selection and award making processes will be guided by rigorous policies developed by the Foundation. Payments of all scholarship awards will be allocated by the Foundation directly to each music institution on behalf of the scholarship recipient. Awarded students will become Goodwill Promoters of the Foundation and will be joining in promoting its mission, service to communities, and furthering its good works.

  • Tier I. Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship awarded by the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
The Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship will be offered in 2016 to one (1) exceptional student that has been previously admitted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, that is interested in Latin music and but has severe financial limitations to pursue his studies. The student will receive an award for up to US $200,000 for four years of full time study towards a Bachelor Degree. The scholarship recipient must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 each semester and must comply with the Student Scholarship Terms and Conditions Contract of the Foundation listed in the Scholarship Guidelines Document below.
  • Tier 2. 2016 Gifted Scholarship Awards
The Gifted Scholarship Awards will support three (3) talented music students, with interest in Latin music, requiring financial assistance and admitted to a music institution of college degree level. Those who demonstrate the most talent, perseverance and determination will be selected from a competitive pool of international students. The 3 selected students will receive an award for up to US $100,000 will cover four years of full time study towards a Bachelor Degree to study at the a music institution approved by the LGCF in which the student was accepted in. The scholarship recipients must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 each semester and must comply with the Student Scholarship Terms and Conditions Contract of the Foundation listed in the Scholarship Guidelines Document below.
  • Tier 3. Tuition Assistance Awards
The Tuition Assistance Awards will be offered awarded to forty (40) aspiring talented music students, with interest in Latin music and with financial limitations. The music institution in which the student is enrolled, will receive up to US $10,000 towards his/her music training and education. The selected students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 each semester and must comply with the Student Scholarship Terms and Conditions Contract of the Foundation listed in the Scholarship Guidelines Document below.

 

2. LGCF MUSIC RESEARCH AND PRESERVATION PROGRAM

The Preservation and Research Grant Program of the LGCF awards four (4) grants a year to projects presented by organizations and individuals in an effort to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and it’s makers to the world’s culture. We encourage projects from around the world that advance the archiving, research and preservation of Latin music genres from the following twenty-four countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador , El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. Award selection will be made through a competitive process guided by a Committee of experts according to the Foundation’s policies.

 

3. LGCF ACTIVITIES AND MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Each year, the LGCF performs several educational programs, such as the Latin GRAMMY in the Schools which may include music instrument donations to music schools in need, and other educational activities. The Latin GRAMMY is the Schools is an event where artists, music professionals, or sound engineers visit middle schools, high schools, colleges or other music institutions, and are interviewed by a moderator in front of a group of selected students, provoking the guests to tell stories, examples and anecdotes that emphasize the efforts and perseverance needed to overcome the obstacles and barriers of music careers, and the need of optimizing education opportunities to enter the work market with a strong preparation and advantage. In the recent past we have hosted this event in schools and music institutions in Miami, Orlando, New York, Los Angeles, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Peru, Chile and Spain with artists like Luis Fonsi, Fonseca, Diana Navarro, Carlos Jean, David Bisbal, Prince Royce, Jesse & Joy, Calle 13, Carlos Vives, Diego Torres, Illya Kuryaki, Juanes, Pedro Capó, Ángel Cucco Peña, Natalia Lafourcade and others.

 

Applications


Welcome to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation applications section!

Below you will find all the information you need to apply for our grant and scholarship opportunities.

 

Grants:

Latin Music Research and Preservation Grants 2016


THE 2016 GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BE OPEN FROM SEPTEMBER 10TH TO NOVEMBER 2ND, 2015!

The LGCF awards grants for up to US $5,000 to projects presented by scholars, cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations worldwide for the research and preservation of Latin music genres. Promoting results of scholarly research, and documenting and preserving information about Latin music genres should be the main focus of the projects. To review the guidelines and apply for a grant with the LGCF please click on the links below. The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process will start on September 10th, 2015. All Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are due November 2nd, 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) selected to continue with to the application process will be notified on December 7th, 2015 by email and will be asked to complete an official application. LOIs that are late, incomplete or not within the guidelines, will not be reviewed. We are no longer accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2016 Grants.

The award selection will be made through a competitive process guided by experts of the Grant Committee of the LGCF, according to Foundation policies.

» Review 2016 Latin Music Research Grant Guidelines and funding information (PDF) « CLICK HERE »

» Review 2016 Latin Music Preservation Grant Guidelines and funding information (PDF) « CLICK HERE »

If you have any questions after reviewing the guidelines please write to lgcf@grammy.com

 

Scholarships:

Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Scholarship Program


THE JUAN LUIS GUERRA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WILL BE OPEN FROM DECEMBER 4TH 2015 TO APRIL 10TH 2016


THE 2016 GIFTED AND TUITION ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE OPEN FROM DECEMBER 15TH 2015 TO APRIL 10TH 2016

The LGCF scholarship awards are offered to very gifted music students previously admitted to the music institution of their preference interested in Latin music genres, preferably between 18 and 24 years old and with severe financial needs, to study at a music institution at college degree level. Students interested in applying to the Juan Luis Guerra Scholarship must be previously admitted to Berklee College of Music to the Fall 2016 semester. Selected applicants will receive tuition assistance through a three-tiered program of support. Scholarship selection and awards process will be guided by the Scholarship Committee of the LGCF, under rigorous policies developed by the Foundation. The scholarship recipients will become Goodwill Promoters of the Foundation, joining in promoting its mission, service to communities, and furthering its good works. We are no longer accepting Scholarship Applications for the 2016 term. All applicants of the 2016 Gifted Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Awards will be contacted during the first two weeks of July 2016. Good luck to all applicants!

» To review the scholarship award guidelines for 2016 click on the link below.
« CLICK HERE »


If you have any questions after reviewing the guidelines please write to lgcf@grammy.com

 

Who We Are


 

Leadership And Governance

Manolo Diaz, Vice President with executive responsibilities; Luis Cobos, Chairperson of the Board of Directors; Neil Portnow, Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors; Raul Vazquez, Treasurer/Secretary of the Board of Directors; Gabriel Abaroa, Foundation President and Member of the Board of Directors, and Mireya Cisneros, Member of the Board of Directors.

 

Staff

Nannette Vélez, Project Manager.
Coralys Julián, Executive Assistant.

 

Contact


The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation
3470 NW 82nd Avenue, Suite 700
Miami, FL33122.
lgcf@grammy.com

 

Latin GRAMMY In The Schools