MARSHALLS GET U.S. GRANT TO RECORD TRADITIONAL MUSIC

News Release

U.S. Embassy Majuro, Marshall Islands

Sept. 20, 2006

Marshall Islands' resident Scott Stege, Coordinator of the The Majuro Music and Arts Society, and Helen Reed-Rowe, Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Majuro signed a grant award this month from the U.S. Department of State for US$27,880 to fund the Society's "Digital Recording of Traditional Music" project.

The grant will permit digital preservation of existing Marshallese Music archives and digital recording of traditional music, which is a unique and culturally significant part of the Marshall Islands.

The grant will permit purchase of requisite equipment and defray production costs to digitally transfer and preserve Trust Territory period traditional music currently stored on open-reel magnetic tape in archival form and to record, edit and organized from other recorded and live sources traditional Marshallese music.

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