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Library receives grant for special project

America's Music

The University of North Georgia's Library Technology Center on the Dahlonega campus has received a $1,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in an extension of the America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway film project. As one of 32 institutions chosen for the project, UNG will host documentary screenings and scholar-led discussions tracing the history of American music in the 20th century.

The America’s Music project is a six-week series of public programs, including film screenings and a discussion series, focusing on the genres of music that arose in America during the 20th century. The films  in the series include work from such respected names in film and music as Martin Scorsese, Ken Burns, Quincy Jones, and Mac Wiseman. The films explore everything in American music from the Appalachian roots of bluegrass, the blues’ journey up the Mississippi,  the electric evolution of jazz, the eclectic history of rock ‘n’ roll, Broadway’s vibrant tenacity, and the phenomenal emergence of hip-hop.

The film and performance series is scheduled for fall semester at UNG and will include these films:

  •           "Broadway: The American Musical"
  •           "From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale"
  •           "High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music"
  •           "The History of Rock and Roll"
  •           "International Sweethearts of Rhythm"
  •           Ken Burns' "Jazz"
  •           "Latin Music USA"
  •           "Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues"
  •           "Say Amen, Somebody"

The project was developed by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, and the Society for American Music.

America’s Music showcases the genres of music that are uniquely American and explore their connection to the history and geography of this country and, more importantly, their pronounced influence on the culture and people of America.

For more information on the project, as well as a complete list of included films and suggestions for additional readings, films, and discussion points on the topics covered, visit

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