Caffe Lena Lands Second Grammy Foundation Grant

Video featuring Rufus Wainwright and the photographs of Joseph Deuel

For the second consecutive year, the Grammy Foundation has honored Caffè Lena’s important role in the recorded history of American folk culture.

The Folk Music Recordings Project of Caffe Lena’s Saratoga Springs has received its second grant from the Grammy Foundation in support of the preservation of the historic audio collection of live performances recorded at the legendary venue. The collection helps to shed light on New York music history and its impact on the 1960s American folk-song revival movement.

The $19,691 Grammy Foundation grant will be spent on cleaning, storing and digitally transfering the Caffè Lena History Project’s archive of fragile, at-risk reel-to-reel recordings of live performances dating back to the ’60s, as well as related oral histories on audio cassettes. The U.S. Library of Congress will serve as the final repository for these archives.

Caffe Lena is in some mighty prominent company, too. Other Grammy Foundation Grant Program recipients include Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Ravi Shankar Foundation.

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