Latin Music Research and Preservation Grants

The Latin Music Research and Preservation Grants program offers four grants annually to music institutions, nonprofit organizations, musicologists, and researchers around the world who are enhancing and preserving Latin music heritage, with a value of up to $5,000 each, to support research and preservation efforts of Latin music genres around the world. To date, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has awarded 36 grants, with a combined value of $175,000, to researchers, musicologists and institutions whose projects focus on historical research, music anthropology and the documentation of Latin folklore traditions.

Grants offered by the Latin GRAMMY Foundation annually:

  • (2) Latin Music Research Grants, which fund projects focused on historical research, folklore and anthropology of Latin music genres.

  • (2) Latin Music Preservation Grants, which support projects aiming to archive and preserve the heritage of Latin music.

Promoting results of scholarly research and documenting and preserving information about Latin music genres should be the main focus of the projects and results must be available to the general public at no cost.


Application Timeline:

  • The application process will start on September 7, 2023.

  • All applications are due November 20, 2023, 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • All applicants will be notified by email the first week of February 2024 with the results.

  • Winners will be also announced the first week of February 2024 on this page.

Applications that are late, incomplete or not within the guidelines, will not be reviewed. The award selection will be made through a competitive process guided by experts of the Grant Committee of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation according to Foundation policies. Good luck to all applicants!


To review the guidelines and apply for a grant please click on the links below:

  • Review 2024 Latin Music Research Grant Guidelines and funding information « CLICK HERE »

  • Review 2024 Latin Music Preservation Grant Guidelines and funding information « CLICK HERE »

To apply click on the link below before November 20, 2023, before 11:59pm ET.


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2015 Research Grant Recipient

Manuel García – “Bullerengue (An Afro-Colombian Tradition in The Atlantic Coast)”

The project produced and published a series of teaching materials to promote the Latin community and general music knowledge of the Afro-Colombian tradition based on original recordings of artist Petrona Martínez. Presented in New York by composer, researcher and music producer Manuel Garcia-Orozco, the project consists of three academic papers, three Internet tutorial videos, and a digital application.

2018 Preservation Grant Recipient

Henry Durante Machado – “Projeto Acervo das Tradições”

Machado's project, "Projeto Acervo das Tradições" focused on preserving and cataloging the cultural traditions of Afro-Brazilians, Afro-Amerindians, Caipiras and the Caiçaras of the southeast and northeast regions of Brazil through photographs and videos that are archived on a free digital platform.

2019 Research Grant Recipient

Judy Cantor-Navas – “Panart Records: Sello discográfico que capturó la música cubana y la trajo al mundo”

Judy Cantor-Navas, an American writer and music curator living in Spain. For her project, Panart Records: Sello discográfico que capturó la música cubana y la trajo al mundo, Cantor-Navas will reconstruct and document, in precise detail, the history of Panart Records. She will document the complete discography, artist list, and the stories behind the music recorded during the golden age of Cuban music during the 1940s to the 1950s; demonstrating the importance of Panart Records' place within Cuba’s cultural patrimony and the history of Latin music.

2020 Research Grant Recipient

Dr. Katrin Lengwinat  – "Aporte a la recuperación de la diversidad del joropo llanero"

Her project "Aporte a la recuperación de la diversidad del joropo llanero" explored, recorded and distributed approximately 50 golpes, two thirds of which are very rarely practiced today, and created an easily accessed web source containing educational videos with instrumental music and texts about historic aspects. Access to the results of the research and the performances are completely public as well as free of charge to guarantee the widest possible distribution at the national and international levels. In addition, this plurality is propagated among advanced cuatristas through musical workshops in Caracas that seek to encourage the broadening of the repertoire through the diffusion of six "golpes raros."

2020 Preservation Grant Recipient

Oluwafemi Agbayewa – The "Hugo "Cheché" Santos: La última llamada"

Project consists of a series of podcasts based on the life and musical career of candombe star Hugo "Cheché" Santos. The series reflects on the challenges, difficulties and successes in his professional career, and contributes to the preservation of Afro-Uruguayan culture, as well as research. The podcasts seek to connect candombe with a regional and global audience, and they discuss the actions and challenges of this musical movement.

2022 Research Grant Recipient

Andrea López and Víctor López  – “El pasado que suena y resuena: nuestra herencia decimonónica”

Through “El pasado que suena y resuena: nuestra herencia decimonónica” this project produced three videos with works from powerful music genres from the 19th century in Mexico that are found in documents protected in historical archives. Uncovering these bodies of work will serve to realize how these sounds and genres persist in the present day, while providing a visual context that will help listeners more deeply comprehend and enjoy these forms of music. The materials, including videos, soundtracks, digitalized versions of sheet music, books, and complimentary audiovisual material of these genres, are available free of charge online. These investigations have been and will continue to be carried out by members of Seminario de Música en la Nueva España and México Independiente (Musicat), belonging to Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and they also provide perspective on the historical interpretation informed by the unedited works of different genres from the 19th century proposed for the project. The sound production is contextualized with graphic and visual elements to produce three videos. Field records are documented through the observation of traditional practices that are still relevant today, in order to contrast them with historical practices from which they emerged with the ultimate goal of preserving them as living testimony.

2022 Preservation Grant Recipient

Dr. Rosa Iraima Sulbarán  – “Archivo audiovisual de Resiliencias: Música tradicional”

“Archivo audiovisual de Resiliencias: Música tradicional” is a project that preserves audiovisual documents highlighting the resilience of rituals and centuries old musical genres recorded throughout Venezuela. This material currently archived in personal collections was unavailable to the public, remaining invisible. The purpose is to bring these collections to light, providing public access and broad distribution of their existence. The audiovisual, photographic and testimonial records cover six musical cultures, which were recorded with advanced technology under scientific and ethical concepts. They reflect the rituals, characteristics and meanings that are emblematic for the continent, demonstrating a history of conflicts and regional crisis throughout Latin America. In this chapter of history, protests take place in popular religious environments, revealing the imagination and resilience of the people to reconstruct life and the symbolic practices of these cultural towns. This material not only observes and transmits strength like qualities marking resilience, but also help to appreciate the true value of traditional popular cultures and their musical genres.

2022 Preservation Grant Recipient

The Regents of University of California, Santa Barbara, UC Santa Barbara Library – California Preservation and Assessment of the Astor Piazzolla Materials in the Edouard Pecourt Collection

Funding for the California Preservation and Assessment of the Astor Piazzolla Materials in the Edouard Pecourt Collection came at a significant moment in time as the world celebrated the centenary of Piazzolla’s birth in 1921. This anniversary has drawn the attention of performers and audiences around the world, with tribute concerts and recordings, documentaries and exhibitions taking place in cities from Buenos Aires to Trondheim, Seoul, and Houston. The timing provided additional motivation to increase awareness and research of Piazzolla’s life and the development of his work. The Pecourt collection contains significant documents related to the life and career of Piazzolla. There are open-reel tapes, audio cassettes, videos, manuscripts, photographs, and other ephemera that need additional documentation and study. The correspondence between Piazzolla and Pecourt also needs further exploration and documentation. These materials serve as clues to Piazzolla’s decisions, ideas, and compositions. Given that Piazzolla was a musical revolutionary and an immensely popular composer of tango and Latin American music, it is important that this collection be made more accessible to researchers and be put in the broader context of Piazzolla’s work and 20th century Latin American music.