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ARSC Names 2020 Research Grant Recipients

Wednesday, April 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Grants Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Research Grants.


The ARSC Research Grants Program supports scholarship and publication in the fields of sound recording research and audio preservation. Project categories eligible for consideration include: discography, bibliography, historical studies of the sound recording industry and its products, and any other subject likely to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of the lasting importance of recorded sound.


The recipients of the 2020 Research Grants are:

  •  Jon Bullock
    • Jon Bullock, a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago, was awarded a grant of $1000 for travel to Berlin. For his study of Kurdish music in the twentieth century, and musical change as an indicator of Kurdish nationality and culture, he will consult various archives and private collections of Kurdish music and interview collectors.
  •  Alexandra Krawetz
    • Alexandra Krawetz, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, received a grant of $1000 for lodging in Washington D.C. Krawetz will use the NBC Radio Collection at the Library of Congress for a study of radio programming and recordings for children in the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Steven Burkholder
    • Steven Burkholder, an independent scholar, received a grant of $500 for travel to the Library of Congress to study field recordings of the music of West Indians in Panama, in the Myron Schaeffer collection. The Afro-Antillean songs date back to the building of the Panama Canal. Many of them are uncatalogued and unidentified, and “provide insights into the social and political landscape of Panama in the mid-twentieth century and to this day.”
  • Allison Whalen
    • Allison Whalen, Senior Audio Preservation Specialist at UCLA, was awarded a grant of $500 for travel to Cuba for “a historical study of the independent sound recording industry in Cuba from the 1960s to the present day, and the recording techniques and equipment that have ‘shaped bold, inventive, and freely expressive underground musical styles.’”

 For more information about the research grants, see Research Grants


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