Houston Symphony’s $200K grant to preserve sound archives

Posted on: December 6, 2010

The Houston Symphony has received a $200,000 award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to preserve its sound archives through digitization. The award, made through Mellon’s Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Program, will support the preservation of the most historically and artistically significant recordings currently on deteriorating or obsolete media. The first audiotapes in the collection, maintained at the University of Texas at Austin, were made in 1945, with the majority of holdings dating from 1975 to the present. The digitization and archiving process is expected to take two years, with work beginning on January 15, 2011 and is expected to be completed to coincide with the orchestra’s centennial celebrations in 2013.

Posted December 6, 2010