I am posting this on behalf of Gerald Seligman, Executive Director, National Recording Preservation Foundation. Thanks, Steve Leggett
NATIONAL RECORDING PRESERVATION FOUNDATION BECOMES OPERATIONAL THANKS TO GENEROUS DONATION FROM JACK WHITE
Monday, July 29, 2013
The National Recording Preservation Foundation (NRPF) announces a major contribution of $200,000 from musician and NRPF Board member Jack White.
"The donation is very much a game changer," says Executive Director Gerald Seligman. "It is our first and therefore provides the welcome opportunity to go from talk about the needs and priorities of audio preservation to concerted action. With this contribution we can now put up our basic structure, begin enacting the preservation plan - and give out our first grants. We're committed to doing that right away, and certainly within the coming months."
"Mr. White's contribution to the Recording Foundation comes at an opportune time," says Sam Brylawski, the Chairman of the National Recording Preservation Board, an affiliated project created by Congress in the same National Recording Preservation Act of 2000 that authorized the NRPF. "With its national plan, the Library of Congress has laid the groundwork for the long-term preservation of our audio history but the challenges to achieving this at a significant scale are daunting. I hope that Mr. White's extraordinarily generous donation inspires many others, especially those in the recording business-record companies, artists, songwriters, and others-to follow his lead to help ensure that we are able to preserve and make accessible recent and historical recordings at risk of loss."
Each Board member demonstrates valuable ways to contribute, from lending time, talents, advice and expertise to sharing contacts and helping reach the people best placed to further the Foundation's objectives. At this key moment, Jack White has provided the means to get the Foundation up and running.
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