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

February 01, 2017 -- 5:00 am PST

Four Recipients Will Be Awarded A Maximum Value of $5,000 Toward Each Project

MIAMI, FL (Feb. 1, 2017) The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® awards its third annual round of Preservation and Research Grants to four projects presented by a diverse group of international scholars and institutions. The grants have a maximum value up to $5,000 each. The Preservation Grant supports efforts to advance archiving and preservation of Latin music. The Research Grant supports projects that focus on historical research, anthropology, documentation of traditions, and folklore.

This year, the Preservation Grants will be awarded to Jordi Roquer, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) and to Raul Almeida Rodrigues (Brazil). The objective of Roquer's study, "Preservation Of Pianola Rolls Of Ecuadorian Rhythms," aims to digitize vintage pianola rolls published between 1905 y 1930 by various Ecuadorian record labels. Rodrigues' project, "Batuca—A Live Collection Of Rhythms," will enable the development of a free application and website allowing percussionists to share — in real-time — their recordings and compositions. In addition, the digital platform will help foster the musical heritage among Latin American percussionists and provide users access to an exclusive catalog.

The Research Grants are awarded to Dr. Juan Francisco Sans (Venezuela) and to Dr. Eric Galm of Trinity College (United States). "Ancient Arias Of The New World," is an undertaking led by Sans to compile and publish 32 musical scores written during the Spanish colonization period by Latin American composers. This repertoire will provide singers, teachers, and concert halls access to a unique music catalog in Spanish. Dr. Galm presents an applied research of the musical structure of the Afro-Brazilian genre, Congado Mineiro. The project "Musical Traditions Of The Congado Mineiro And Today's Youth," will document the similarities and differences between cultural expressions and music of the 19th century in the Congado Mineiro community, and the contemporary adaptation of this genre better known by Meninos de Minas.

"This year's group of grant recipients represents the cultural fusion of Latin American musical heritage," said Manolo Díaz, Vice President of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. "The research and preservation goals of these projects offer the new generations the ability to discover the rich legacy of Latin music genres that continue to inspire us today."

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 LatinGRAMMYCulturalFoundation.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow us on: TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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