The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the following recipients of ARSC Research Grants for 2019.

Jonathan Henderson, Duke University
A grant of $1000 for travel to Paris, France to study recordings of Mande music at the National Audiovisual Institute, for his dissertation on globalization in the music industry and its influence on traditional music practices.

Sheryl Kaskowitz, Independent Scholar
A grant of $1000 for travel to the Library of Congress's American Folklife Center to consult the field recordings made by Margaret Valiant for a book-length study. Valiant was one of the "government song women" who collected songs for the Music Unit of the Resettlement Administration during the New Deal.

Austin McCabe Juhnke, Ohio State University
A grant of $500 for travel to Mennonite archives in Indiana and Kansas to study cultural diversity in recordings of Mennonite music, for a book-length study.

Bill McClung, Independent Discographer
A grant of $500 for travel to Paris, Texas, to compile information on Swing Record Manufacturing Company, including oral history interviews, toward publication of an article and a reissue package. Swing was one of the first record pressing companies in Texas and a primary manufacturer of "party records."

Reports from grant recipients will be published in future issues of the ARSC Newsletter.

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