ARSC Preservation Grants Awards 2012

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The ARSC Preservation Grants Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Grants for Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings. The program for these grants was founded in 2004 by Al Schlachtmeyer and the ARSC Board of Directors, to encourage and support the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations.

--- Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra ---

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra receives $10,000 to support a pilot audio preservation project to digitize a selection of its historical audio recordings, which date from 1971 to the present. This initiative is based on findings from an A. W. Mellon grant project to inventory and survey the Orchestra's archival holdings, and develop policies and priorities to deal with this archive. Most of the recordings were made after the Orchestra moved to Heinz Hall. Among the recordings are 2500 tapes of various types containing rehearsals and concerts, including notable premieres of scores by J. Harbison, K. Penderecki, A. Previn, and C. Theofandis.

--- Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA ---

The Longy School of Music receives $10,000 to assist in funding its project for digital preservation transfer of recordings of classical music performances by the School's faculty, including Roman Totenberg and Irma Rogell. The recordings feature important guest performers, such as Artur Balsam, Anner Bylsma, D'Anna Fortunato, Claude Frank, Lillian Kallir, Anthony Newman, Virginia Pleasants, Jaap Schröder, and Daniel Stepner.

For more information about the Grants for Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings, visit

The deadline for receipt of applications for the next grant cycle is
December 15, 2012.