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Tuning Up: Monuments Men reprise

Good morning! 

"Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...
It's a cold cool damp morning (again), and more coffee is in order (evergreen). Grab yourself a(nother?) cuppa and check out this news from Charleston. The SCAC Facebook shared it last night, but it's too good not to post on The Hub. Remember the 2013 movie The Monuments Men that starred George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, and John Goodman, among others? The Hub does (and remembers the book too). Both were based on a WWII-era unit of the U.S. Army that canvassed Europe to recover and or protect artistic and other cultural treasures in the war-ravaged region, many of which were stolen stockpiled by Hitler and the Nazis during his heinous purge of Jews and others. Well, per the Post & Courier, the Army just commissioned a Citadel professor to start the unit back up (paywall alert). James Bezjian will become a captain in the Army Reserves and serve alongside 30-some other academics and military officers. Bezjian, as a former member of the South Carolina State Guard, checks both boxes. The Hub won't steal the P&C's thunder, so go read Thomas Novelly's excellent story about what the revived unit is charged with doing. And if you find yourself lying around the house anytime soon, do read the book or stream the movie from Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play or iTunes, or other services for $3-$5.

Jason Rapp

GRAMMY Foundation grants available for music preservation and research

GRAMMY FoundationThe GRAMMY Foundation ® Grant Program is accepting applications to help facilitate the support of music preservation and research projects. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of music and the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. Grant funds have been used to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy on populations from infants to the elderly. More than $6 million in grants has been awarded to more than 300 recipients. A list of recently awarded grants is available online. The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program funds the following areas:

  1. Scientific Research Projects: $20,000 maximum award
  1. Archiving and Preservation Projects:
  • A. Preservation Implementation: $20,000 maximum award
  • B. Assistance, Assessment and/or Consultation: $5,000 maximum award
Preservation Assistance grants are available to help individuals and small to mid-sized organizations enhance their ability to preserve their collections that embody the recorded sound heritage of the Americas. Small to mid-sized organizations are defined as organizations with annual budgets of less than $500,000 and limited or no organizational access to “in-house” experts. The goal of a Preservation Assistance grant is to fund the assessment and preparation of recorded sound collections to be archived and preserved. How to apply: A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2016 GRAMMY Foundation grant cycle, visit www.grammyfoundation.org/grants. The deadline for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, visit www.grammyfoundation.org Via: The GRAMMY Foundation