In recognition of this unique collection of live performances, Farm Aid received a preservation grant from the GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program, which supports efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas.
Farm Aid has partnered with Berklee College of Music to engage Berklee’s professional audio engineering faculty and state of the art studio facilities in the project while creating unique learning opportunities for students.
A unique collection of Farm Aid sound recordings and videotapes will be identified, surveyed, inventoried, and preserved. A system for the long-term care and continuous collection of archival materials will be established together with a means for sharing the collection with the public.
This project will result in an archive that preserves Farm Aid’s history and documents its unique place in American culture.
Featuring performances by nearly 400 artists since 1985, Farm Aid has a rich trove of musical archives that are culturally significant and artistically important.
This is a testament to the power of music to affect social change. It is crucial that these moments are preserved and maintained for the benefit of future generations.
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