NRPF Grants

In pursuing its mandate to preserve recorded sound heritage, the Foundation awards grants to digitally preserve audio collections that are stored on at-risk or obsolete physical media. Since 2016, the Foundation has distributed over a quarter of a million dollars to promote and preserve recorded sound history.

Grants Awarded (since 2016)

Year Recipient Amount Location Title
2023 WYSO Radio $8,500.00 Yellow Springs, OH Preserving HBCU Radio Archives at Elizabeth City State University
2023 University of California, Santa Barbara $8,500.00 Santa Barbara, CA Digitizing Bernard Herrmann's Recordings with the CBS Symphony
2023 Appalshop $11,350.00 Whitesburg, KY Preserving Unique and Historical Appalachian Recordings
2021 Friends of Thomas Edison National Historical Park $8,653.00 West Orange, NJ Extracting High-Quality Sound from Sealed Master Molds
2020 University of Alaska Fairbanks $8,050.00 Fairbanks, AK Digitizing Recordings of the Unangax̂ (Alaska Aleut) Peoples
2020 Museum of Russian Culture $3,500.00 San Francisco, CA Preserving Unique Recordings from the Soviet and Tsarist Eras
2020 Iowa State University Foundation $14,999.00 Ames, IA Digitizing Lectures from Iowa State University
2020 American Folk Art Museum $14,830.00 New York, NY Digitization of Rare Interviews with ‘Outsider’ Artists
2019 World Music Productions $15,000.00 Brooklyn, NY Digitizing Recordings of Afropop Worldwide
2019 National Public Radio $10,000.00 Washington, DC Digitizing Voices in the Wind
2019 KUT Radio (University of Texas at Austin) $10,000.00 Austin, TX Digitizing KUT Radio Collections
2019 East Tennesee State University Foundation $10,000.00 Johnson City, TN Digitizing Appalachian Bluegrass Field Recordings
2019 Atlanta Historical Society $5,000.00 Atlanta, GA Digitizing Georgia Oral Histories, 1966–1968
2018 WYSO Radio $15,000.00 Yellow Springs, OH Surveying Radio Recording Archives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
2018 Other Minds $10,000.00 San Francisco, CA Digitizing the Composer to Composer Recordings
2018 New York Public Radio $10,000.00 New York, NY Digitizing WNYC's On the Media
2018 Arhoolie Foundation $15,000.00 El Cerrito, CA Digitizing the Harry Oster Collection of field recordings
2016 University of North Carolina $25,000.00 Chapel Hill, NC Preserving the Field Recordings of Mike Seeger
2016 Radio Preservation Task Force (Library of Congress) $25,000.00 Washington, DC Expanding Awareness of the History of U.S. Public Broadcasting
2016 Indiana University $25,000.00 Bloomington, IN Preserving Orson Welles on the Air