The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation has announced the winners for the Research and Preservation Grant program. Víctor Márquez, (from Venezuela), Renata Amaral (Brazil), Billboard contributor Judy Cantor-Navas (Spain) and Juan Díaz (Colombia) are the winning names for the program, which aims to provide grants to music institutions, nonprofit organizations, musicologists and researchers around the world who are enhancing and preserving Latin music heritage.
“We are proud to help a new group of scholars undertake important and noble projects to preserve and study the rich and storied Latin musical traditions,” said Manolo Díaz, senior vice-president, Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. “These projects will not only help us better understand our traditional music genres, but will contribute to the advancement of the world’s culture.”
The four grants carry a maximum value of $5,000 each and will support diverse initiatives, such as Judy Cantor-Navas’ project called Panart Records: Sello discográfico que capturó la música cubana y la trajo al mundo, whose purpose is to reconstruct and document, in precise detail, the history of Panart Records and the stories behind the music recorded during the golden age of Cuban music during the 1940s to the 1950s.
To know more about Victor Márquez, Renata Amaral and Juan Díaz projects, click here.
The recipients were selected among many qualified candidates by a committee of experts from Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula and the United States. The program has awarded more than $96,000 in grants to support projects, one of which received a Latin Grammy and Grammy Award.