Is this as big a boondoggle as it appears?

----- Forwarded by Dick Spottswood/dick/AmericanU on 03/24/2004 12:45 PM

Eddie Dean <[log in to unmask]>
03/24/2004 12:18 PM

        To:     Dick Spottswood <[log in to unmask]>
        Subject:        Gennett again

More from Gennett...

>From: "Elizabeth Surles" <[log in to unmask]>
>To: "Western Wayne News" <[log in to unmask]>,
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>Subject: Media Release
>Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 11:33:46 -0500
>Organization: Starr-Gennett Foundation
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>Media Release
>Contact: Elizabeth Surles, Project Coordinator
>Address: <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns =
>"urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />33 South 7th St.,
>IN 47374
>Email:  <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
>Phone:  (765) 962-1511
>Starr-Gennett Foundation Awarded $43,700 to Save Recordings
>For Immediate Release:  MARCH 24, 2003, RICHMOND, IN:  The Starr-Gennett
>Foundation is pleased to announce the impending launch of a grant-funded
>project to digitize 400 Gennett and related subsidiary label 78 rpm
>phonograph records in the Foundation s collection.  Upon the project s
>completion in the summer of 2006, the recordings will be available
>a searchable online archive.  The bulk of the project will be funded by a

>generous $38,000 grant from the Recording Academy.  The Wayne County,
>Indiana Foundation also awarded a $5,500 grant to fund the remainder of
>the project.
>This is absolutely fantastic! exclaims the Foundation s Project
>Coordinator Elizabeth Surles.  The project will greatly aid our efforts
>save Richmond, Indiana s rich musical heritage in a very direct and
>accessible way.  Our collection of recordings contains a good sampling of

>the wide musical variety on Gennett and related labels like Champion and
>Starr, and now we ll be better able to share this historic music with the

>public.  The support of the Recording Academy and the Wayne County
>Foundation really points to the importance of saving this history.
>The project involves several steps.  The records must first be carefully
>cleaned.  Once cleaned, the 78 rpm shellac phonograph recordings are
>placed in archival-quality sleeves and carefully transferred to a digital

>format.  Many of the recordings to be transferred were originally made
>without electricity, and the transfer process necessitates special audio
>equipment designed for archival sound transfer.  CD copies of the
>recordings will be made and added to the Foundation s permanent
>collection.  These CD copies will be accessible through the Foundation s
>office in Richmond and through the Foundation s website via streamed
>files, which will be searchable and offered free of charge.
>The bulk of the funding will come from the National Academy of Recording
>Arts and Sciences National Professional Education Committee, which is
>of the GRAMMY Foundation.  The Recording Academy offers grants for
>that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded
>sound heritage of the Americas.  The Wayne County, Indiana Foundation
>granted funds from the Jeffers Family Fund, the Lilly Fund, and the
>Kleinknecht Endowment.  When asked about the project, President and CEO
>the Wayne County, Indiana Foundation, Charles Ball said, The Wayne County

>Foundation is happy to be able to help the Starr-Gennett Foundation
>preserve and make this material available to people around the world.
>Richmond, Indiana s historic Starr Piano Company recorded, pressed, and
>distributed some of the best early jazz, blues, old-time country, and
>gospel records in the 1920s and 30s on Gennett and other labels.  More
>information is available at
><>  Contact Elizabeth
>Surles for pictures and sound clips.