The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to announce America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway, a six-week series of public programs featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music. Libraries and non-profit organizations related to music and music history may apply online by March 14 to receive a $2,500 grant to support the program series.
The program for libraries and other non-profit organizations is offered though collaboration with TFI and NEH, in consultation with the Society for American Music (SAM). America’s Music will introduce genres of twentieth-century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series. The six sessions focus on these uniquely American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ’n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop.
Applicants for America’s Music: A Film History of Our popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway must register their institution at Grants.gov. Prospective applicants are advised to register as soon as possible, as the process can take up to two weeks to complete.
Fifty libraries and non-profit organizations will be selected to participate in the national initiative and receive a programming grant of $2,500; a full set of the DVDs for the series, including public performance rights; and programming and promotional support materials and resources from ALA and TFI for the duration of the project. The selected sites will be required to designate an appropriate project scholar, who will act as a moderator for the project. All programs must be open to the public. Applications that incorporate local partnerships and supplemental programming are strongly encouraged.