Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kingston's Metzner, Woodstock's Creative Music Studio Get Grammy Grants

Posted By on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Jim Metzner
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The prestigious and coveted Grammy Foundations Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts advancing the archiving and preservation of America’s recorded sound heritage of for future generations, as well as research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. And it recently came to my attention that this year’s nationwide list of recipients includes not one, but two, from the Hudson Valley: Kingston’s Jim Metzner and Woodstock’s Creative Music Foundation.

Metzner, known as the host of NPR’s “The Pulse of the Planet,” was awarded $4,992 to prepare a sound archive for preservation, focusing on DATs, which are most at risk. Preparation involves organizing, labeling, cataloging, stabilizing and refining an existing database. The collection includes music and ambient sound field recordings from around the world dating back to the 1970s.

Here’s a slideshow of images of Metzner during his many travels:

The Creative Music Foundation was granted $11,600 for its CMS Archive Project, whose goal is to finalize the restoration of historically and artistically important audiotapes from the Creative Music Studio’s archive of more than 400 recordings of innovative performances by pioneer composers/performers of jazz, world music, and new music. The archive will be housed at the Columbia University Library in New York for research and educational purposes.

For more information about the Grammy Foundation, visit www.grammyfoundation.org.

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