Benny Carter with students at Rutgers University, 1986
Benny Carter with students at Rutgers University, 1986

THE MORROE BERGER – BENNY CARTER JAZZ RESEARCH FUND
AT THE INSTITUTE OF JAZZ STUDIES

Rutgers University

Past Recipients and Research Topics

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THE MORROE BERGER – BENNY CARTER
JAZZ RESEARCH FUND
AT THE INSTITUTE OF JAZZ STUDIES

Each year the Institute of Jazz Studies awards up to ten grants of $1,000 each to assist jazz researchers.  Half of the awards are designated for students in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research and half are awarded to scholars from other institutions or unaffiliated researchers to enable them to visit IJS in conjunction with their projects.

Morroe Berger & Benny Carter - 1972
Morroe Berger and Benny Carter - 1972

BACKGROUND

This endowment was established in 1987 with a gift by composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Benny Carter (1907-2003) in memory of Morroe Berger.  Berger, a close friend and Carter’s biographer, was a professor of sociology at Princeton University until his death in 1981.  Carter’s initial gift was matched by the Berger family, who asked that Carter’s name be added to the Fund’s title.  Carter, his wife Hilma, and other donors have regularly added to the endowment over the years.  To date, over 70 awards have been given to scholars and students worldwide working in a variety of disciplines, including jazz history, musicology, bibliography and discography.

ELIGIBILITY

Rutgers Master’s Program Students:
Students currently enrolled in the Rutgers-Newark Master’s Program in Jazz History and Research.
NOTE: Students must be nominated by a member of the Jazz Program faculty. Please contact Prof. Lewis Porter before submitting an application.

Others
Jazz researchers at Rutgers or other institutions or non-affiliated researchers whose projects would benefit from a visit to the Institute of Jazz Studies.

NOTE: Previous Berger-Carter award recipients are not eligible.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Send a brief (two-pages maximum) resumé and a one-page description of your project and how this award and access to IJS will facilitate your research.  Include your full contact information (email and mailing addresses).  The resumé and one-page description may be emailed as Word attachments to:

Ed Berger at IJS

DEADLINE

Applications are due June 29, 2014.  Awards will be announced by August 2, 2014.

 

Photo Gallery

Benny Carter in performance at the State Theater in New Brunswick in 1992 with the Rutgers University Orchestra and the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble, Harlem Renaissance, commissioned by IJS and recorded live at the concert, won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition. Benny Carter in a performance
Hilma Carter with students
Hilma Carter during a visit to IJS in January 2010; with Hyland Harris (left) and Alex Rodriguez (right), recipients of
Berger-Carter awards
Hilma Carter et al Hilma Carter (widow of Benny Carter)
with University Librarian Marianne Gaunt (right) and Dana Library Past Director Dr. Mark Winston (left), 2010
Hyland Harris
Award recipient Hyland Harris presenting
at the IJS Jazz Research Roundtable
Alex Rodriquez
Award recipient Alex Rodriquez
studying at IJS
April Grier
Award recipient April Grier giving a presentation at an IJS Jazz Research Roundtable session
Award recipient Jared Negley in performance at Rutgers-2010
Jared Negley
Paul Brady
Award recipient Paul Brady giving a presentation at an IJS Jazz Research Roundtable session.
Benny Carter with daughter Joyce (left) and wife Hilma
after receiving an honorary doctorate from Rutgers, May 1991
Benny Carter, honorary degree
 

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