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University Press of Mississippi (Jackson, MS 39211-6453)
Craig Gill (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
University Press of Mississippi (a proposal to support salary costs and retain staff during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Partial salary support for six full-time employees who will continue work on the approximately 85 new humanities books published by the University Press of Mississippi each year.

University Press of Mississippi (UPM) is a nonprofit humanities publisher of ground-breaking scholarly books in African American studies, American studies, folklore, history, literary studies, and all aspects of popular culture. As bookstores and libraries throughout the world have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UPM’s sales revenue has declined dramatically. The best estimate is that sales from April through September will drop by at least 50%, with a decrease of 25% projected for October through December. Based on its existing budget, this will cause a cash shortfall of approximately $618,750. UPM seeks an emergency grant for part of its salary expenses for the 6-month period from July 1 through December 31, 2020. These funds will pay a portion of the salaries of 16 of 20 full-time UPM employees. NEH CARES funds will reduce some of the pressure caused by the ongoing economic disaster and allow UPM to retain staff and use its remaining resources to support its core mission.

Project fields:
African American Studies; American Studies; Arts, General

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Research Programs

$94,097 (approved)
$94,097 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020