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GA-276489-20

Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Nick Spitzer (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
American Routes: NEH Cares-Cultural Organizations Grant

Retention of three staff to produce a radio series for American Routes.

Emergency funding to support salaries, artist fees and studio costs to continue broadcast of American Routes 2 hour weekly public radio music and information program. Grant includes production of more American Routes Covid Related programs.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$65,000 (approved)
$55,719 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 2/28/2021


TR-264630-19

Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Nick Spitzer (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
American Routes: Cultural Continuity & Creativity in the Vernacular Humanities

Production of eight, two-hour radio programs on American music and culture.

American Routes radio program seeks support for a series of 8 new humanities-oriented 2-hour programs for broadcast nationwide in 2019-20. The programs will focus on the role of cultural continuity and creativity in response to natural and man-made disasters, economic downturn, migration from and to home, and concerns about the future of communities and cultures. As a companion piece, we propose to work with various organizations to arrange community forums for the proposed programs that take place in a "place": NYC, Miami, Honolulu, Galax, VA, and New Orleans. Each gathering will be tailored to a particular program as a means to discuss humanities issues the program will try to address, and to seek guidance on content from local audiences and authorities. A detailed description of the programs is in the "treatments" attachment and details about the forum component are in the "narrative" attachment.

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Project fields:
American Studies; Arts, Other; Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 12/31/2020


TR-254097-17

Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: August 2016 to present)
American Routes: Exploring & Expressing the Vernacular Humanities in Story & Song

American Routes is the weekly, two-hour nationally-distributed public radio program devoted to songs and stories, humanist and artist narratives, that explore humanities and aesthetic issues in American society and culture through the expression of vernacular music and culture. Produced in New Orleans and produced and hosted by folklorist and documentary producer Nick Spitzer. Our current proposal, American Routes: Exploring & Expressing the Vernacular Humanities in Story & Song, seeks support of $225,795 to create 10 new, highly researched two-hour programs featuring in-depth humanities content in 2017-18.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Folklore and Folklife; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


TR-50565-14

Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: January 2014 to present)
American Routes: From a Useable Past to an Authentic Future

The production of 20 hours of radio programming addressing the role of music in shaping cultural memory and defining new cultural traditions.

"American Routes" public radio program requests that the NEH consider support for the "From a Useable Past to an Authentic Future" series of humanities topical programs, hour documentaries and embedded features. "American Routes" will produce 20 hours of programming addressing cultural memory and creativity combining to form a vision of the future -- expressed in words and music,with the critical advice, interpretation and/or interviews of humanities specialists and musicians. The series will explore ideas such as artist biographies shaped by memories and media of record; the particular shapes and roles of music, ritual and festival in a post-catastrophic environs, musical sharing and distinctions between cultures in both historic terms and newly emergent creolizations. Edited segments will be offered to "All Things Considered" and the NPR Music website.

Project fields:
American Studies; Communications; Communications; Cultural Anthropology

Program:
Media Projects Production

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$269,675 (approved)
$269,675 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2014 – 6/30/2017


TR-50437-13

Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: August 2012 to present)
American Routes: Routes to a Creative Future-Cultural Sustainability and the Usable Past

Production of six two-hour radio documentaries and four one-hour programs exploring American musical culture to be featured on the "American Routes" radio series.

American Routes public radio program requests that the NEH consider support for the "Routes to a Creative Future: Cultural Sustainability and the Usable Past" series of humanities topical programs, hour-long documentaries and embedded features. Building on prior NEH-supported programming, American Routes will produce six two-hour programs and four one-hour documentary programs each including multiple documentaries on the theme of creatively sustaining the cultures of communities in broader vernacular forms through selective continuity from the past as expressed in words and music with the critical advice, interpretation and/or interviews of humanities specialists and musicians. Out of the dozens of documentary feature and/or interview segments embedded in these programs, several will be offered in edited form by on-going agreement with NPR to "All Things Considered" and to the NPR Music website.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$146,000 (approved)
$146,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2013 – 6/30/2014


TR-50307-11

Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, The (New Orleans, LA 70118-5698)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: January 2011 to December 2017)
American Routes, Routes to Recovery: Memories of People and Places

Production of six two-hour programs and four one-hour documentary programs to be featured on American Routes radio program.

American Routes requests that the NEH consider a grant to support the special "Routes to Recovery: Memories of People and Places" series of humanities topical programs, hour documentaries and embedded features. Building on prior NEH-supported programming and drawing on the insights of the post-Katrina years, American Routes will produce 6 two-hour programs and 4 one-hour documentary programs focused on the theme of recovery and rebuilding of community through memories of musicians and artists-all expressed in the words and music of artists, with the critical advice, interpretation and/or interviews of humanities specialists. American Routes is the weekly, two-hour nationally distributed public radio program produced in New Orleans devoted to songs and stories, humanist and artist narratives, that explore humanities and aesthetic issues through the expression of vernacular music. Folklorist Nick Spitzer is host.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2011 – 9/30/2012


TR-50122-10

University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA 70148-0001)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: August 2009 to present)
American Routes: Routes to Recovery

Production of ten two-hour radio programs featured on American Routes that explore how a variety of communities use musical traditions to recover after economic downturns.

American Routes proposes a special "Routes to Recovery" series of topical programs and features. Building on prior NEH-supported programming and drawing on the experiences and insights of the past four post-Katrina years, American Routes will produce ten two-hour programs focused on the theme of economic and social recovery through culture in a variety of settings-all expressed in the words and music of artists, with critical advice and interpretation by humanities specialists. Out of the many field feature and interview segments embedded in these programs up to twenty will be offered in shorter edited form to NPR's All Things Considered and, if appropriate, to other major news outlets such as BBC Radio 4's Americana which has also expressed interest. Features and interviews will also be made available at americanroutes.org separately or as part of the program.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2010 – 3/31/2011


UI-50020-07

University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA 70148-0001)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: March 2007 to May 2009)
American Routes: Routes to Home: Words and Music from Migrants, Exiles, Travelers, and Wanderers

Production of ten two-hour programs exploring the traveler as an iconic image in American narrative, songs, and stories.

A special series of American Routes programs entitled, "Routes to Home: Words and Music from Migrants, Exiles, Travellers, and Wanderers." Building on prior NEH-supported programming and drawing on the experiences and insights of the past 18 months, American Routes will produce ten two-hour programs focused on the theme of travel and the traveller as a culture-bearer and iconic image in American narratives, songs and stories. NEH support will make possible the inclusion of enhanced humanities content in these programs and permit American Routes to recruit additional scholars new to the program with expertise in content and/or the cultural aspects of travel and mobility as historical and contemporary cultural conditions of life.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Media Radio Production

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 12/31/2008


GN-50659-06

University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA 70148-0001)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: March 2005 to February 2007)
American Routes: Routes to Genius

Production of eight two-hour topical programs and 12 documentary features as elements of an ongoing radio program that presents and interprets American vernacular music as an expression of America's varied cultures and their histories.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$180,000 (approved)
$165,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2005 – 9/30/2006

Funding details:
Original grant (2006) $0
Supplement (2006) $15,000


UI-50017-06

University of New Orleans (New Orleans, LA 70148-0001)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: April 2006 to April 2008)
American Routes: Routes to Creativity, A Sense of Place

Production of ten two-hour topical programs that would focus on the geographic places that have acted as wellsprings of creative influence and musical expression.

American Routes is a weekly, nationally distributed public radio program produced in New Orleans devoted to the music, songs, stories, and voices reflecting American culture through its vernacular music. Each two-hour program presents a wide range of American music woven around a theme or series of related topics, hosted by the noted folklorist and documentary producer Dr. Nick Spitzer.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Media Radio Production

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2006 – 9/30/2007


GN-50155-03

University of New Orleans Foundation (New Orleans, LA 70148)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: November 2002 to November 2005)
American Routes Humanities Features: Songs and Stories from Downhome to Uptown

Production of 26 documentary features that explore humanities issues within a radio series that presents and interprets vernacular American music and culture.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2003 – 6/30/2004


GN-26274-01

University of New Orleans Foundation (New Orleans, LA 70148)
Nicholas R. Spitzer (Project Director: February 2001 to September 2003)
American Routes: Songs and Stories from Downhome to Uptown

Production of 32 original programs for a two-hour weekly public radio series that presents and interprets American music within a metaphor of traveling America s "routes" that span cultural and political borders.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Humanities Projects in Media

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2001 – 12/31/2002