Klezmer Conservatory Foundation
The Klezmer Conservatory Foundation is a 501C3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial support for Klezmer music performance and research. The Foundation provides subsidies to various qualified organizations (schools, senior citizen's groups, hospitals, etc.) so that they might present live Yiddish and Klezmer music performances as part of their programming. We have also provided funding for Klezmer and Yiddish music research projects, and feel strongly that there is a great deal of need for further efforts in this area. Some of our priorities and long- term goals include:
Repertoire Collecting and Historical Documentation
This is a matter of great urgency, since the senior generation of Klezmorim is quite advanced in years. A project launched in conjunction with the Philadelphia Jewish Archives has resulted in the collection of over 200 little-known dance tunes and the production of a cassette featuring veteran musicians from Philadelphia's Jewish wedding scene. We hope to support additional projects in other significant Jewish communities so that future generations of musicians will have access to the rich and varied traditions that preceded them.
Maintenance of a Tape and Music Library
We encourage the donation of Klezmer manuscripts, Yiddish sheet music and Yiddish and Klezmer recordings to our collection. We would like to find a permanent home for our library so that the public could have greater access to the material we've collected.
Providing Access to Archival Material
We hope to join with other archives in consolidating Yiddish and Klezmer music collections worldwide, via the Internet and other state-of-the-art resources.
Establishment of a Klezmer and Yiddish Music Research Institute
We hope to work with an existing college or university in establishing an institute dedicated to the study and transmission of all aspects of our eastern European and American Yiddish musical heritage.
We will continue our efforts to provide quality Yiddish and Klezmer music programming for those organizations that could not normally afford live entertainment.
For more information, or to contribute to any of the programs mentioned above, please contact Jim Guttmann at 24 Bolton St. Suite 3L, Somerville, MA 02143 USA