Continuing its commitment to Inspire creativity and support innovation, the Les Paul Foundation has awarded fourteen grants to organizations in New York, California, Wisconsin, Tennessee and New Jersey. Grants include funding to multiple music education programs that tell the Les Paul story and to hearing loss prevention and research programs.
Les Paul’s revolutionary recording techniques took a leap forward when the inventor added a second recording head to an early Ampex tape recorder. It was 1949 in Hollywood. Today, the music industry-changing artifact is on display at New Jersey’s Mahwah Museum.
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (H.E.A.R.) recently honored Les Paul with its Leadership Award, which recognizes leadership through public service regarding hearing conservation in music. Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of the Les Paul Foundation, accepted the award on Les Paul’s behalf.
Young musicians in Wisconsin are tuned into the music business thanks to the Wisconsin School Music Association’s Launchpad program. With funding from the Les Paul Foundation and guidance from Dennis Graham Associates and Full Compass, students learn about the business of music at the annual Music Biz Day. The 2014 event was held November 22 in Madison, Wisconsin.