The GRAMMY Museum: 2021 Grants Program – Up to $20K – LOIs Due: November 1, 2020

Sun, Nov 1, 2020, 5:00 pm
Request for Proposals
Life Sciences
Natural Sciences
Social Sciences
Various Research Areas


The GRAMMY Museum is inviting university researchers to respond to this call for proposals (applications are now open). Grants are awarded in 3 categories: Scientific Research, Preservation Implementation, and Preservation Assistance.

With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized 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. To date, over $7.5 million in grants have been awarded to over 420 recipients.

Fields of Research:


The GRAMMY Museum does not accept proposals outside of North America (United States & Canada).

Assistance with Application: The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team is available to assist faculty with proposal development and submission.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you - please call me at x8-9944 if you would like assistance.


Awards of up to $20,000 each will be made, depending on the specific requirements.
Payment will be made to the proposer's host university.
Successful awardees will be listed on the GRAMMY Museum's website and will be expected to openly disseminate the work funded by this award.


Applicants should first submit an online Letter of Inquiry (LOI) here detailing what contribution their project is expected to make, how the music sector will benefit from the work, project timeline and a budget overview of how the proposed funding will be used.

Letters of Inquiry should include:

  • Contact and Project Overview
  • Project budget amount
  • Narrative (must not exceed 5,000 characters including spaces)
  • Dissemination plan (must not exceed 1,000 characters including spaces)
  • Brief biographies of key personnel. Please indicate whether or not each person is a full time employee or a hired contractor (must not exceed 5,000 characters including spaces).

Due Dates:

  • Letters of Inquiry are due by November 1, 2020
  • Selected applicants will be asked to complete a full application in winter 2020.
  • Final decisions will be announced in May 2021.
Categories: Open Call RFPs