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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Deal Forum at Conference to Give Social Entrepreneurs Access to Impact Investors

Social entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference can qualify in advance for an opportunity to be mentored in developing their pitch to the Investor Panel at this special Deal Forum by the Wayne Brown Institute.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – May 27, 2014 – Mission-driven entrepreneurs attending the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference now have the opportunity to apply for two slots to pitch accredited impact investors at the conference. The special Deal Forum will be run by the Wayne Brown Institute.

Entrepreneurs interested in pitching investors at the conference are invited to visit www.waynebrowninstitute.org/deal-forum-application/ to apply for the program, which will include being placed with aDeal Maker Team from the Institute for the selected entrepreneurs to be mentored in preparing for the pitch. Nonprofit leaders are also invited to attend the conference.

“Entrepreneurial companies that have completed our program in the past have gone on to raise billions of dollars,” said Brad Bertoch, President of the Wayne Brown Institute. “We’re excited to apply our proven mentoring process and proprietary Deal Forum model to the social impact space at the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference.”

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“We’re thrilled to give entrepreneurs at our conference an opportunity to access professional investors who can coach them on their capital raises live,” said Devin Thorpe, conference host and “Champion of Social Good” at the Your Mark on the World Center. “All conference goers will have the chance to hear both selected companies pitch and receive feedback from the investor panel.”

About the Wayne Brown Institute: For over three decades, the Wayne Brown Institute (WBI), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, has been a premier resource for both entrepreneurs seeking funding and for investors who want to help promising young companies achieve their potential. WBI has become the most efficient, cost effective, economic development organization in the country. For more information visit www.venturecapital.org.

About the Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference: The Social Enterprise and Crowdfunding Conference 2014 (SECFC14) will be held September 26, 2014 at Snowbird, Utah. Expert speakers, philanthropists, venture capitals and other impact investors from across the country will join us. To register or for more information visit www.secfc.co.

About the Your Mark on the World Center: The Your Mark on the World Center champions social good by writing about, advocating for and advising those who do good in the world. Founder Devin Thorpe writes for Forbes, covering social entrepreneurship and impact investing. For more information visit www.YourMarkOnTheWorld.com.

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WPEO Recognized As Best Organization for Women Business Enterprises

— Sandra Eberhard Honored for Commitment to Diversity in Business —

NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2014) — Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, WPEO-DC, was honored by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association (MWMCA), for her work on behalf of The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO), recognized as the Best Organization for Women’s Business Enterprises. She was among twenty-two leaders of diversity celebrated at the 2014 11th Annual Spring Breakfast Meeting/Business Showcase Expo, hosted by the business association that seeks to increase capacity for Minority, Women, Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses.

Sandra Eberhard

Honorees represented varied industries, including government, healthcare, education, utilities, gaming, professional services, banking, finance, construction and small minority and women-owned businesses. Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Dr. David Wilson, President of Morgan State University, and Frank Kelly, Manager, Supplier Diversity, BGE, attended the May 9th event, which attracted more than 1000 attendees.

“I am proud to receive this award on behalf of The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization, and support its commitment to furthering the success of women-owned businesses and the value of third-party certification,” said Sandra Eberhard.

Ms. Eberhard was recognized for her advocacy on behalf of women in the state of Maryland and work to help to further inclusion. She received a citation from Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a certificate of Congressional Recognition from the House of Representatives and a Certificate of Merit from U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, who cited her “outstanding commitment to diversity in business for all sectors of Government and Private business.”

“Sandra has done an exceptional job leading our WPEO-DC office during a time of unprecedented growth,” said WPEO founder and President Dr. Marsha Firestone.” Our operation supports women business enterprises that generate more than $3.1 billion in revenue and employ more than 30,000 in Maryland, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. area,” she added.

About The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization

The Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO) is a regional affiliate of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s premier third-party certification organization for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs). The mission of the WPEO is to create increased access to business opportunities for WBEs. Its programs develop skills and knowledge for WBEs, advocate in the public and private sectors, foster relationships between WBEs, corporations and the government, and provide full-service, third-party certification to women entrepreneurs, in areas that include: New York; Northern New Jersey; Southern Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; and Virginia. WPEO is incorporated in the state of New York and is recognized as a 501(c) (3) organization. For more information please visit www.wpeo.us.

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ADVISORY: EPA Announces Grants to Six Universities for Clean Cookstove Research

The United Nations Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to host announcement event

WASHINGTON – On May 27, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will announce grant awards to six universities to research cleaner technologies and fuels for cooking, lighting, and heating homes.

The World Health Organization estimates that exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves and open fires leads to 4.3 million deaths each year. This research will help to improve air quality, protect public health and slow climate change.

WHO: Remarks by

Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

WHAT: Reception hosted by the United Nations Foundation’s Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves to announce new EPA grants for clean cookstove research.

WHEN: Tuesday May 27, 4:30 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. with remarks beginning at 5:30 pm.

WHERE: 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20006

HOW: Members of the media interested in participating must RSVP to Cathy Milbourn at milbourn.cathy@epa.gov or 202-564-7849 / 202-564-4355.

The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) Honors Orange is the New Black Actress Alysia Reiner and Designer KiraKira at Cocktails for a Cause

New York, NY – On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, WPA will present awards to Orange is the New Black’s Alysia Reiner and KiraKira for advancing critical conversation around women within the criminal justice system. Matt McGorry of Orange is the New Black will be the event’s Master of Ceremonies.

Alysia Reiner is an award winning actress, producer, mother, and humanitarian. She is currently shooting her second season on the critically acclaimed Netflix series, Orange is the New Black, playing powerhouse assistant warden, Natalie “Fig” Figueroa. Ms. Reiner is the recipient of the Women’s Prison Association’s 2014 Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award for her collaboration with Suz Somersall, founder of KiraKira, to produce the limited edition WPA locket. The award recognizes individuals who exhibit vision, compassion, and initiative in their professional and personal lives and have demonstrated a deep commitment to public welfare and social justice.

Suz Somersall is designer and founder of KiraKira, a handcrafted jewelry company established in 2006. KiraKira is the recipient of the Women’s Prison Association’s 2014 Corporate Appreciation Award. The award recognizes socially conscious corporations who demonstrate a commitment to public welfare and social justice in both vision and practice.

The WPA Limited Edition Locket: In 2013, Alysia Reiner and Suz Somersall partnered to create the limited edition celestial inspired pave sapphire locket. The locket bears the sentiments of WPA’s tagline, “Strengthen Empower Connect,” and is a beautiful, creative representation of WPA’s work with women. The locket has been featured online, in print, and on national television. It continues to raise visibility and funding for WPA’s programs. WPA is grateful to receive 100% of the profits from this beautiful collaboration. Lockets will be for sale at the event.

The Second Chances Campaign: Launching at the event, WPA’s Second Chances Campaign upholds the idea that everyone can relate to receiving a chance. The campaign seeks to highlight this common ground we all share and to expand the base of interest and support for WPA’s work with criminal justice-involved women. The campaign features a “2nd Chance” video series featuring clients, staff, and Orange is the New Black cast members. It also includes a series of Charity Buzz auctions including lunch with Piper Kerman and Taylor Schilling.

“I’m honored and excited to be hosting WPA’s Cocktails for a Cause event and to be involved with an organization that assists more than 1,500 women and their families in developing the confidence and practical skills they need to change their lives,” said the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Matt McGorry.

“The WPA locket is a creative and timeless representation of WPA’s work. It is a true conversation piece, elevating the dialogue necessary to create change for criminal justice-involved women and their families. We are thrilled to honor the time and talent Alysia and KiraKira have dedicated to its creation and to increasing awareness of the cause it symbolizes,” said WPA’s Executive Director, Georgia Lerner.

Cocktails for a Cause will be held at The Loeb Boathouse Central Park at 6 p.m. Orange is the New Black cast members will be in attendance. The evening will conclude with a special musical performance by The Shaves at 8pm.

To request a press pass, please contact Diana McHugh at dmchugh@wpaonline.org.

BoomBox, Inc.’s #GoTo Instagram Campaign (with American Express, Delta Air Lines®, & Junior Achievement®) Goes Viral!

$50,000 Will Be Shared Between Two Chapters of Junior Achievement®, and the Voters Decide How It’s Split!

New York or Seattle…can you tell where the picture is from?

BoomBox, Inc., in partnership with American Express and Delta Air Lines®, announces the official launch of the #GoTo Instagram Campaign (www.GoToSEAorNYC.com), a social media-based game. American Express will be donating a total of $50,000 to the non-profit Junior Achievement®, but how that money is split is decided by the voters! Recently launched, the campaign is going viral with over 325,000 votes already counted and more than 4,300 photos to view!

The Photos

Anyone can submit photos that everyone can view and vote on. All you need to do is snap a picture of something in either New York or Seattle and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #GoToSEA or #GoToNYC. Photos are categorized as either sights, bites, or activities, and each one shows a piece of what makes these cities so great!

The Voting

On the site you’ll be presented with two pictures—one from each city in one of the three categories. Choose which is your favorite to reveal which city you’d #GoTo.

The Scores

Total scores are calculated by adding the number of photos each city has submitted and the number of votes each city has. Each photo and each vote count as one point. The percentage of total points a city has dictates how much money it will receive from the $50,000.

The more people that get involved, the more fun the campaign becomes! Not only are we getting people involved in how a donation is split, we’re putting all that Instagramming to good use! The six week campaign ends on June 13th, just in time for Delta to continue ramping up it’s already-impressive flight offerings at both their Seattle and NYC hubs.

For more information on the #GoTo Instagram Campaign, please contact:

Hugh McIntyre

Marketing Manager, BoomBox, Inc.
hmcintyre@boomboxinc.com / 646-666-8539

The Award-Winning Tour De Pier Outdoor Cycling Event Raised More Than $500,000 in Its Second Year

1,200 Spinners Hit Southern California’s South Bay Shores to Cycle for Cancer Charities; Olympians Tony Cruz, Heather Petri, Eric Fonoimoana, 7-time US Ocean Ironman Champion, Craig Hummer and NFL Quarterback, Matt Leinart were among the Celebrity Riders

LOS ANGELES, CA – (May 22, 2014) Raising a half-million dollars is an amazing accomplishment for any fundraising event, but for the award-winning Tour de Pier, it was a dream come true. Held on the Manhattan Beach Pier on May 18, the 2nd Annual Tour de Pier hosted thousands of attendees with 1,200 riders cycling on stationary bikes while taking in a Southern California iconic ocean view, each cyclist riding in memory of a loved-one and/or for a great cause.

Only in its sophomore year, the award-winning Tour de Pier raised $503,000 for three cancer charities: the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Cancer Support Community and the Livestrong Foundation surpassing last year’s fundraising efforts by 48%. “We have had an unexpected and extraordinary year,” said Heath Gregory, co-founder, Tour de Pier. “The fact that we have accomplished so much in a short time proves that we have more valuable work to do in raising awareness and money for cancer research and finding a cure,” he added. “Due to the success of the past two years, we have already begun planning bigger and exciting things for next year’s Tour de Pier.”

With the help and generosity of strong community supporters, sponsors and donors, the Tour de Pier is gaining notoriety as “the” spring charity event to support. It is quickly becoming one of the “hottest” outdoor charity events in Southern California. Olympic champions and professional athletes banded together to donate their time and sweat in supporting the Tour de Pier. Celebrity riders included: Olympic Gold Medal Water Polo Winner Heather Petri; Olympic Cyclist Tony Cruz; Gold Medal Volleyball Winner Eric Fonoimoana; 7-time US Ocean Ironman Champion Craig Hummer and NFL Quarterback, Matt Leinart.

Led by some of the South Bay’s best instructors, riders rode through a four-hour session with energizing music and loads of excitement. In addition to cycling, the family-fun event also had a Health & Fitness Expo, a Kids Fun Zone with games and fitness activities as well as live entertainment.

ABOUT THE TOUR DE PIER:

Jon Hirshberg, who started the first LA Cancer Challenge after the loss of his father Ron in 1997, came across the idea of doing a spin bike fundraiser after learning about an event that raised over $3 million in one day at cycling studios across the country. He approached his friend and long-time cycling enthusiast, Heath Gregory, about the idea of putting on a one-day event in their hometown of Manhattan Beach, CA. Coincidentally, Gregory had participated in a similar event produced by Livestrong in Barcelona during the 2009 Tour de France and vividly remembered hundreds of riders moving in unison all for a common cause. With the Hirshberg Foundation on board to produce the event and a team of board members eager to participate, planning for the Tour de Pier began.

After months of preparation, the Inaugural Tour de Pier was held in May 2013 at the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier and raised over $339,000 for local charities. With the unprecedented projected success of the Tour de Pier, the City of Manhattan Beach granted approval for the following year within three days of the event.

In March 2014, the City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Department won a prestigious award for Outstanding Special Event for the Tour de Pier, presented by the State of California Association of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Competing against other cities throughout California, Tour de Pier was recognized as an event that significantly contributes to the overall betterment of the community. For more information, please visit www.tourdepier.com.

120 Global Investor Education Leaders Gather in Washington, D.C. To Boost Financial Capability around the World

Joint IFIE/IOSCO Conference, Co-sponsored by FINRA, Includes Investor Education Experts from Every Continent and Region

WASHINGTON, D.C.//May 22, 2014// The International Forum for Investor Education (IFIE) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) today opened their sixth joint investor education conference in Washington, D.C, focusing on how new theories and research can be applied to strengthen investor education programmes around the world. Concluding Friday, the IFIE/IOSCO conference is hosted and co-sponsored by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

A total of 120 attendees from more than two dozen nations will attend the two-and-a-half-day-long event.

With the theme of “Apply Theory To Action: Implementing Financial Capability/Investor Education Best Practices & Lessons Learned,” the event marks the growing maturity of the investor education space, drawing on how new theories and research can be applied to strengthen the best practices that have been developed over the last decade. The conference was formally opened at 9 a.m. with an address from IFIE Chair and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) President and CEO Susan Wolburgh Jenah.

The full agenda of the conference, including panels, skills workshops and keynote speakers, may be viewed at http://bit.ly/2014IFIEConference

IFIE Chair and IIROC CEO Susan Wolburgh Jenah said: “IFIE has worked with IOSCO since 2007 to bring the best in investor education programmes, practices, and expertise to a global audience. There is a strong and growing appetite for information to educate and give investors the tools they need to achieve their financial goals. We look forward to continuing to work together to help meet that demand.”

IOSCO Secretary General David Wright said: “IOSCO´s new Committee on Retail investors is a response to the growing demand from securities regulators around the world to advance the critically important areas of investor education and protection. This work is taking on a new urgency as securities markets are now becoming much more important for financing the global economy. This conference promises to provide another excellent avenue for our members to share the latest practical insights, best practices and cutting-edge research on investor education and financial literacy. Collectively, we must work to strengthen the demand side of financial markets. The ongoing IFIE-IOSCO relationship is a very good example of effective practical cooperation and networking to this end.”

Richard Ketchum, IFIE-IOSCO 2014 Global Investor Education Conference Host Committee Chair; and FINRA Chairman and CEO, said: “These types of evens demonstrate our shared commitment to building financial capability and investor education programmes in all of our countries as well as our shared interest in learning from one another.”

IFIE/IOSCO 2014 Conference Programme Committee Chair Tom Hamza, President of the Investor Education Fund in Canada, said: “This will be an important opportunity for financial and investor education leaders to come together to discuss how to collaborate, learn from other fields, and continue to innovate in our relatively young field. We are excited to have such an exceptional field of speakers and leaders to learn from.”

Confirmed conference speakers, panelists and other presenters include (in alphabetical order):

  • David Wright, Secretary General, IOSCO;
  • Richard Ketchum, Chairman and CEO, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), US;
  • Susan Wolburgh Jenah, CEO, Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC);
  • Bernard Delbecque, Director of Economics and Research, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA);
  • Tom Hamza, President, Investor Education Fund (IEF), Canada, and chair, IFIE/IOSCO 2014 Conference Programme Committee;
  • Michael Herndon, Consumer Outreach Officer, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), US;
  • Attila Koksal, Chairman, Turkish Capital Markets Association (TCMA);
  • Ana Claudia Leoni, Head of Education, Associação Brasileira das Entidades dos Mercados Financeiro e de Capitais (ANBIMA), Brazil;
  • Shri S. Raman, Whole Time Member, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI);
  • Lori Schock, Director, Office of Investor Education and Advocacy, SEC, US;
  • Jean-Paul Servais, Chairman, Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA), Belgium;
  • Robert Stammers, Director of Investor Education, CFA Institute, US;
  • Jose Alexandre Vasco, Head of the Education and Investor Assistance Department, Securities and Exchange Commission, Brazil (CVM); and
  • Gerri Walsh, President, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, Senior Vice President, FINRA Office of Investor Education, US

A full listing of speakers and presenters is available at www.ifie.org/2014Speakers

IFIE and IOSCO held their first joint conference in Madrid in 2007. The second joint conference took place in Washington, D.C., in 2009 and the third took place November 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. IFIE and IOSCO held their fourth major conference in May 2012 in Seoul, South Korea, and the fifth such event inToronto, Canada in June 2013.

ABOUT THE GROUPS

The International Forum for Investor Education (http://www.ifie.org) is a global membership organization committed to strengthening resources and standards for financial capability and investor education within and across jurisdictions through: global conferences; webinars; surveys; a resource clearinghouse; and development and distribution of best practices, implementation strategies and leadership support. IFIE also has a global regional Chapter network of members in Asia (IFIE/AFIE), MENA (IFIE/MENA) and the Americas (IFIE/Americas) that work together to develop and implement approaches to regional challenges in financial education, financial capability and investor education.

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (http://www.iosco.org), founded in 1983, is the global standard setting body for securities regulation and is working with the G20 and the Financial Stability Board on a number of key mandates for the regulatory reform of global financial markets. IOSCO´s standards are the global benchmark for securities regulation. The organization’s membership regulates more than 95 percent of the world’s securities markets in over 115 jurisdictions. IOSCO members have resolved:

  • to cooperate in developing, implementing and promoting adherence to internationally recognised and consistent standards of regulation, oversight and enforcement in order to protect investors, maintain fair, efficient and transparent markets, and seek to address systemic risks;
  • to enhance investor protection and promote investor confidence in the integrity of securities markets, through strengthened information exchange and cooperation in enforcement against misconduct and in supervision of markets and market intermediaries; and
  • to exchange information at both global and regional levels on their respective experiences in order to assist the development of markets, strengthen market infrastructure and implement appropriate regulation.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Live updates and key takeaways from the conference are available on a real-time basis on Twitter, courtesy of the CFA Institute. Be sure to follow the CFA Institute’s Investor Education Twitter handle (@CFAinvestored) and the hashtag #ifieiosco for live-tweet updates from the 2014 IFIE/IOSCO event.

CONTACTS: Will Harwood, for IFIE, +1 (703) 276-3255 or wharwood@hastingsgroup.com; and Cecile De Wit, for IOSCO, +34 (91) 787 04 08 or c.dewit@iosco.org.

Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation to Host ‘Virtual’ Gala

Boca Raton, FL (May 22, 2014) — The Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation (giftoflife.org) will kick off a $4 million dollar fundraising campaign at the 14th Annual Partners for Life ‘Virtual’ Gala on Sunday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. The online gala will honor the life and legacy of Arlene Feinberg, matriarch of the organization, who passed away in January.

Gift of Life hopes this year’s digital event will broaden its audience reach, and serve as a strong commencement to this important initiative.

“The powerful moment of the donor and recipient meeting will still take place, the message about the importance of saving lives will still resonate throughout the program, but this year, even more funds raised from the event will be able to go directly to its life-saving programs,” said Jay Feinberg, Gift of Life CEO, and son of Arlene Feinberg. ”That is something my mother would have very much supported.”

Jay Feinberg and Arlene Feinberg

Gala guests will have the unique opportunity to experience the event in the comfort of their own homes, right on their computers, tablets or mobile devices. The event will be accessible through a private web address reserved only for virtual ticket purchasers, who will have access to exclusive video and other content developed for the special event.

The gala is the official kick off for “Arlene’s Vision,” a $4 million initiative that will underwrite the testing of 70,000 new bone marrow donors, bringing the total registry to 300,000. Tickets to the Virtual Gala are $500 per person. All donations will help give critically ill patients a second chance at life.

The evening of the gala, guests will take a virtual tour of the bone marrow registry’s international headquarters and witness the first time meeting of a bone marrow recipient and the donor that saved his or her life—always an emotional moment.

To learn more about the 14th Annual Partners for Life ‘Virtual’ Gala, email Mindy Ginsberg at gala@giftoflife.org or call 1-800-9MARROW. Sponsorships are also available. Follow on Twitter using #GOLGala14.

About the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and facilitating bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood-related diseases. Ranking among the top international bone marrow registries in the world, Gift of Life’s mission is to find a match Anytime. Anywhere. For anyone.

Gift of Life currently maintains a growing registry of over 230,000 volunteer donors and has facilitated more than 2,700 transplants for patients in need. For more information on Gift of Life, call 1-800-962-7769, or visit www.giftoflife.org, Facebook.com/giftoflife, and Twitter.com/GiftofLife

Grammy Foundation® Grant Program Awards $200,000 for Music Research and Sound Preservation

Funds Will Provide Support for Archiving and Preservation Programs and Research Efforts that Examine the Impact of Music on Human Development

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (April 23, 2014) — The GRAMMY Foundation® Grant Program announced today that more than $200,000 in grants will be awarded to 15 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Research projects include a study on memory retention through music in patients with Alzheimer’s disease; and the benefits of music training in strengthening the ear to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Preservation and archiving initiatives include a project to preserve more than 650 rare interviews with country music performers and professionals spanning 1959–2000; and the preservation of more than 250 original transcription disks of the historic radio series “The Goldbergs.” A complete list of grant awards and projects is below. The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1. Guidelines and the letter of inquiry form for the 2015 cycle will be available beginning May 1 at www.grammyfoundation.org/grants.

“Over the course of its history, our GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program has awarded more than $6 million to more than 300 worthwhile initiatives,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy® and the GRAMMY Foundation. “Our grantees are noteworthy for the range and ambition of their endeavors, and this year’s group includes such varied initiatives as the preservation of 400 recordings of innovative performances by pioneer composers and performers of jazz, world music and new music to a project that will be the first to identify how music can facilitate stroke patients’ abilities to understand everyday speech. We are proud that the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program can be a philanthropic leader in the areas of archiving, preservation and scientific research.”

Generously funded by The Recording Academy, the Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas for future generations, as well as research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. In 2008, the Grant Program expanded its categories to include assistance grants for individuals and small- to mid-sized organizations to aid collections held by individuals and organizations that may not have access to the expertise needed to create a preservation plan. The assistance planning process, which may include inventorying and stabilizing a collection, articulates the steps to be taken to ultimately archive recorded sound materials for future generations.

Preservation Implementation

Country Music Foundation, Inc. — Nashville
Awarded: $10,810
The project will help preserve 650 rare and historic interviews with country music performers, songwriters, and industry personnel recorded between 1959 and 2000 by transferring existing CD-Rs to WAV files. Interviews address country music’s transition from its folk roots to a commercial idiom and from rural to urban settings; its adaptation to media; the social diversity of country music performers and audiences; and changing sounds and styles.
www.countrymusichalloffame.org

Creative Music Foundation, Inc. — Woodstock, N.Y.
Awarded: $11,600
The goal of the CMS Archive Project is to finalize the restoration of historically and artistically important audiotapes from the Creative Music Studio’s archive of more than 400 recordings of innovative performances by pioneer composers/performers of jazz, world music and new music. The CMS Archive of recordings is unique in its artistic breadth and depth. The archive will be housed at the Columbia University Library in New York City for research and educational purposes.
www.creativemusicfoundation.org

New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture — New York
Awarded: $20,000
The New York Studio School’s extensive, historically significant lecture archive captures intellectual currents and cross-currents over 50 years with audio and video recordings of artists, musicians, poets, critics, historians, and scholars. The goal of this project is to digitize the audio portion of the archive, which spans 25 years and includes 790 lectures on audio reels and cassettes, in order to ensure long-term preservation and accessibility of this unique cultural resource.
www.nyss.org

The Regents of the University of California — Los Angeles
Awarded: $19,350
UCLA Film & Television Archive holds 600 original transcription disks of the historic radio series “The Goldbergs.” More than 250 of these disks contain rare, culturally important episodes not available online or at any other institution. Currently, these disks are in need of preservation and thus inaccessible.
www.cinema.ucla.edu

Special Collections and Archives, Albertsons Library, Boise State University — Boise, Idaho
Awarded: $11,747
Idaho is underrepresented in the history of Western music. Special Collections and Archives has a collection of 225 acetate discs and reel-to-reels of Ione Love Thielke’s recordings of her taking regional poetry and putting it to her music, her radio programs, and recording local musicians. By digitizing and making the recordings freely available online, researchers and the public will have access to a portion of never-before-accessible Idaho music.
library.boisestate.edu/special

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience — Seattle
Awarded: $13,114
The Wing will preserve 251 Chinese opera tapes recorded from 1960 – 1975. Several operas were recorded in one of the oldest Chinese opera clubs in the country, Seattle’s Luck Ngi Musical Club. The tapes will be cataloged and digitized, enhancing their permanent collection by enabling the museum to better depict the history and culture of the Chinese-American community through this classical art form via their exhibitions and research. www.wingluke.org

2014 GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program.

Preservation Assistance

Corporacion de las Artes Musicales/Pablo Casals Museum — San Juan, Puerto Rico
Awarded: $5,000
The Corporacion de las Artes Musicales/Pablo Casals Museum will identify deterioration factors in this unique musical documentary collection and design strategies to safeguard and preserve the musical heritage of Latin American and Puerto Rican symphonic composers and musicians from the Casals Festival and the Puerto Rico Symphony, founded by maestro Pablo Casals, in 1956. These measures will allow the collection to be accessible to researchers, music students and the general public and put Puerto Rico at the forefront of musical conservation along the Caribbean.
www.cam.pr.gov

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts — Mt. Morris, N.Y.
Awarded: $5,000
Since 1976, ethnomusicologist and State University of New York Geneseo Professor James Kimball has conducted extensive recording and fieldwork of traditional music and musicians in New York State. The resulting archive contains approximately 900 hours of unique audio and video recordings of master folk musicians. The project will focus on the description, cataloging and stabilization of the recordings, in preparation for a long-term preservation project with SUNY Geneseo.
www.livingstonarts.org

Jim Metzner — Kingston, N.Y.
Awarded: $4,992
The goal is to prepare a sound archive for preservation, focusing on DATs, which are most at risk. Preparation involves organizing, labeling, cataloging, stabilizing and refining an existing database. The collection includes music and ambient sound field recordings from around the world since the ’70s. Jim Metzner has produced LPs, CDs and several award-winning radio series with recordings from Boston, Brazil, Cuba, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, San Francisco, and Turkey .
www.jimmetznerproductions.com

Texas Folklife — Austin, Texas
Awarded: $5,000
Texas Folklife has an archive of audio recordings of Texas folk and traditional arts performances, field recordings, and interviews dating from 1984. With this phase of the project, they will hire consultants from the University of Texas School of Information Sciences for the planning, assessment, and preparation of their archive holdings. Ultimately, they hope to make this archive available for researchers, folklife enthusiasts and the general public alike.
www.texasfolklife.org

Scientific Research

Arizona State University Foundation — Tempe, Ariz.
Awarded: $19,464
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, and more than 1 million Americans currently have language impairments (i.e., aphasia) due to stroke. This project will be the first to identify how music can facilitate stroke patients’ abilities to understand everyday speech. These findings will provide new avenues for aphasia rehabilitation and for effectively communicating with stroke patients with aphasia.
neuroimaging.lab.asu.edu/

University of California, Davis — Davis, Calif.
Awarded: $20,000
Recent studies suggest that Alzheimer’s disease patients retain memory for music from their past, despite poor performance on standard assessments of memory function. Research methods that can explain this apparent sparing of memory remain lacking. This project will validate, in adults with memory loss and age-matched controls, a semi-structured interview method for quantitatively comparing music-evoked and traditionally cued autobiographical memories.
atonal.ucdavis.edu/projects/memory_emotion/index.shtml

University of California, San Francisco — San Francisco.
Awarded: $19,636
Musical rhythms serve to focus attention at select time points by forming expectations for future events. This ability to anticipate stimuli is a fundamental feature of cognition, resulting in optimal perceptual and memory performances, which are known to decline in elderly adults. This project will assess rhythm training as a means to mitigate age-related declines in anticipatory attention, perception, and memory.
www.gazzaleylab.ucsf.edu

University of Maryland, College Park — College Park, Md.
Awarded: $20,000
This project will explore why musicians show advantages in second-language learning as adults, particularly in learning the sound structure of new languages. It will investigate how “low-level” advantages in auditory processing and “high-level” advantages in sound category learning are related to musical training and speech sound learning. This work has implications for musical instruction, second-language learning and our general understanding of auditory cognition.
lmcl.umd.edu

University of Memphis and the University of Memphis Research Foundation — Memphis, Tenn.
Awarded: $20,000
This project will examine the potential benefits of musical training in strengthening the ear and preventing noise-induced hearing loss. Minute sounds produced in the cochlea, otoacoustic emissions, will be used to noninvasively measure hearing health and physiological function. Comparison between musician and non-musician listeners will assess whether long-term musicianship can change the ear’s vulnerability and/or susceptibility to acoustic trauma.
www.memphis.edu/acnl/

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Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement Accepted into Change the Equation’s National Database of High Quality Stem Programs

FAIRFAX, VA – On Wednesday, the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) announced its inclusion into Change the Equation (CTEq’s) prestigious national STEMworks database. President Obama announced the launch of CTEq in 2010 to increase involvement in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and to meet a critical need for a U.S. workforce and citizenry fluent in science and math.

The database is a leading resource for CTEq’s Fortune 500 companies and business leaders who are looking to collaborate with programs that meet a high bar of effectiveness in advancing young people’s learning in STEM subjects.

CTEq’s database has helped its more than 100 Fortune 500 companies, from Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. to Facebook, to connect and align their philanthropic and advocacy efforts to improve PreK-12 learning, especially for girls and students of color who have traditionally been underrepresented in STEM fields. With its admission to the CTEq database, VISTA joins an elite group of STEM education projects targeted for support.

VISTA received CTEq’s highest rating, “Accomplished”, in all ten categories of the CTEq criteria, which emphasize challenging and relevant content as well as capability to inspire students of all abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds. VISTA, led by George Mason University in collaboration with the College of William & Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia Tech, and with support from the University of Virginia, James Madison University and Oregon State University, is helping to shift science instruction in grades K – 12 from a teacher-centered, worksheet-driven approach toward one focused on hands-on, problem based learning that empowers teachers to engage students.

VISTA provides K-12 science support through four activities: the Elementary Science Institute, two Secondary Teacher Program teaching methods courses, the New Science Coordinator Academy, and the Science Education Faculty Academy. So far, VISTA participants have influenced more than 625,000 K-12 students statewide. Over 350 teachers from more than 125 schools representing 80+ Virginia school districts have received VISTA’s professional development.

Programs admitted to the STEMworks database must clear a high bar. An independent non-profit organization rigorously reviewed all of the programs that applied against CTEq’s Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy. Only programs that performed well against these strict requirements were admitted.

Last week, VISTA Principal Investigator Dr. Donna Sterling attended CTEq’s National STEM Summit outside of Washington, DC – an event to recognize CTEq’s member companies’ commitment to improving STEM learning and their position as key stakeholders in the future of America’s workforce. Vice President Joe Biden presented the keynote speech for the summit.

“We are honored to partner with Change the Equation to promote our innovative professional development programs, which are improving the way students learn science in Virginia and setting a standard for the nation,” Sterling said.

VISTA is funded by a five-year, $34 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education through the Investing in Innovation (i3) program, which includes a $5.7 million private sector matching requirement. Oregon State University directs the independent evaluation of the VISTA program.

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