James Carrier and Neil Clarke were awarded travel grants in Fall 2011. Carrier, an independent writer and film maker from Madison, Wisconsin, was awarded a grant to work at the CBMR toward the completion of a film documentary on the work of Dena Epstein titled “The Librarian and the Banjo.” He was in residence at the CBMR during June 2012.
Clarke, a professional musician and adjunct lecturer at City College of New York, explored “The Presence and Evolution of the African Drum in North America.” In addition to books and dissertations related to jazz and African drumming in the CBMR library, Clarke also combed through many research notes and files in the Dena Epstein and Eileen Southern collections. His findings have served as primary source materials for his courses and as fodder for a larger grant-funded project on a similar theme which will require an extended residency.
The Spring 2012 travel grant recipients are Kenneth Prouty and Braxton Shelley. Prouty, an assistant professor of music at Michigan State University who was in residence at the CBMR during May 2012, is working on a project tentatively titled “A History of Jazz Education.” He is investigating “jazz education’s links to entities outside the academy” and will seek to compile information about jazz education in the United States.
Braxton Shelley, a recent graduate of Duke University, where he was the Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, will be in residence at the CBMR in late August 2012. He will pursue a project on sacred music composer Glenn Burleigh. Using some of Burleigh’s popular gospel songs as points for comparison, Shelley will investigate the use of composer’s musical materials in Burleigh’s cantatas. Shelley’s travel grant is funded through a generous gift from Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder, Colorado, in honor of the late Dr. Horace C. Boyer.
CBMR travel grants of up to $1,000 are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who demonstrate the ability to launch and complete a scholarly or performance-based research project based on the CBMR’s collections. The grants are supported with funds that have been given to the Center in honor of CBMR founder and Director Emeritus Samuel A. Floyd Jr. and in memory of Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. Scholars, composers, conductors, musicians, educators, graduate students, and independent researchers residing or attending school beyond commuting distance of the Center for Black Music Research (more than 100 miles) are eligible to apply for this grant. Researchers in all genres of black music are encouraged to apply as interests ranging from concert music to gospel to jazz criticism have been explored through this grant.
Applications are accepted twice yearly and must be postmarked or received by September 1 and February 1. Additional information and application forms are available at the CBMR’s website, or by calling 312.369.7559 to request information.