Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation bestows second annual international grants for Latin Music heritage preservation and research

January 27, 2016 -- 6:00 am PST

Recipients Will Be Awarded With A Maximum Value of $5,000 Each Toward Projects

MIAMI, FL (Jan. 27, 2016) The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® has awarded its second-annual Preservation and Research Grants to four of the projects presented by a diverse group of international scholars and institutions. The Preservation Grant was developed to support efforts to advance the archiving and preservation of Latin music. The Research Grant was created to support Latin music-related projects such as historical research, anthropology, documentation of traditions, and folklore. The grants consist of four awards of up to $5,000 each, which are to be applied toward projects related to the research and preservation of Latin music genres.

Preservation Grants were awarded to projects submitted by Daniel S. Bustos and Veronica Gonzalez.  The goal of Bustos' project, "Magín Díaz, El Orisha De La Rosa," is to protect the value of the unpublished works, songs and verses of Magín Díaz, a traditional Colombian caribbean singer/songwriter. "Preserving Rare Latin 78rpm Recordings from 1900 to 1929," presented by Veronica Gonzalez, sound and image librarian at Florida International University, will preserve valuable examples of Latin American heritage from various countries through the digitization of rare 78rpm sound recordings from 1900–1929 at the university's library. The musical styles include, but are not limited to, danzón, bolero, tango, cueca, rumba, foxtrot, son, aguinaldo, and guaracha.

Research Grants were awarded to Hermann Hudde and Juan Sebastián Ochoa. Hudde's project "Conversaciones Con Compositores de las Américas", will research, document and publicize the life and works of prestigious Latin American composers residing in the United States, while demonstrating how their works contribute to the enrichment of concert music in the Western world. Ochoa, from Colombia's Instituto Tecnológico Metropolitano, will create "El Real Book De Las Cumbias Colombianas," a compilation of Colombian cumbias ranging from traditional to orchestral, in lead-sheet format (one sheet music score with chords, melody, basic outline of rhythmic, and harmonic accompaniment).

"These grants are a true testament of our commitment to protecting Latin music heritage," said Manolo Diaz, Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "The research and preservation done by these scholars will help nurture Latin music literacy for future generations."

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundationwas established by The Latin Recording Academy® to promote international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world's culture, and to protect its rich musical legacy and heritage. The Foundation's primary charitable focus is to provide scholarships to students of Latin music with financial needs, In addition, to grants for scholars and organizations worldwide to research and preserve Latin music genres. For more information about the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow us on: TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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