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Awards to USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Recognize Independent Advances in the Field of Historical Sound Recording

ARSC Award for Independent Initiatives


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/31/23 Save

Grant Description
Awards of up to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International individuals in recognition of independent advances in the field of historical sound recording. The purpose of the award is to honor individuals who have dedicated their personal time to improving, developing, and promoting historical sound recording practices and technologies.

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections announces a no strings attached “genius grant” to persons who are advancing the field of historical sound recordings on their own time and their own dime. The ARSC Award for Independent Initiatives recognizes individuals who, through their self-directed and self-financed pursuits of knowledge and know-how, have become innovators and experts in the field of historic audio. They are collectors assembling specialized private libraries; inventors developing technologies to better protect and preserve audio heritage; scholars illuminating recorded sound’s technological history and cultural impacts; enthusiasts educating the public about historical recordings. The lessons these individuals can offer the field are potentially significant. Yet too often their innovations and expertise go unrecognized and unutilized.

The ARSC Award for Independent Initiatives celebrates such initiatives, independently undertaken by individuals outside of their professional duties, which are yielding exemplary outcomes and promising to yield more. The award materially supports such initiatives and elevates them as exemplars. It acknowledges these innovators and disseminates their expertise for the benefit of all.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Anyone can nominate a candidate.

Any individual who is materially and avocationally contributing to the preservation, availability, and appreciation of sound recordings can be considered for the award. Individuals who are employed in a profession dealing with sound recordings can be considered on the merits of personal initiatives uncompensated by their employers.

Individuals may not apply for the award on their own behalf. However, ARSC wants to hear from those who believe their personal initiatives are worthy of consideration. Awareness of such work may lead to future nominations.

Pre-Application Information
Nominations are being accepted through December 31. Recipients will be selected and notified early in 2024 and announced at ARSC's annual conference, May 15-18 in St. Paul, MN.

ARSC's annual conference information:


Application Information:

Estimated Size of Grant
- An award between $2,000 and $10,000 with no strings attached.
- Invitations to speak at ARSC’s annual conference and to report their work in its journal. Presentations and articles are not required. However, ARSC’s guarantee that their submissions will be favored should encourage recipients to disseminate their work via ARSC’s channels.
- ARSC’s imprimatur on the value of their initiatives. Such validation raises the visibility of their work.

Contact Information
Nomination form:

Describe your initiative:

Contact: David Giovannoni
Chair, Independent Initiatives Committee
Association for Recorded Sound Collections

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