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Rex Foundation Awards, Grants and Discography

The Foundation provides funding to a wide range of local, national and international groups from environmental, social and community services to the arts and cultural preservation. Between 1984 and 2005 the foundation has awarded over $8 million of grants. A summary of the awards and grants provided by the foundation is given in the first section. For more information and to support the Rex Foundation go to the Rex Foundation web site.

A part of this funding has been given to either active musicians and composers or to societies and researchers who support composers and musicians. This funding in some cases has led to the release of a number of recordings. The second part of this page is a discography that documents these recordings. The discography is presented with titles grouped by the musicians/composer involved.

The Rex Foundation is named after Rex Jackson, a Grateful Dead roadie and later road manager until his untimely death in 1976.

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Rex Foundation awards and grants
Rex Foundation awards
Rex Foundation grants

Contributing recordings
Profits from the sale of these albums have contributed to Rex funding

Discography of funded recordings
The production of these albums has been partly funded by Rex


Rex Foundation Awards

There are three annual Rex Foundation awards.

Ralph J. Gleason Award Established in 1986 for outstanding contributions to culture. The award is named in memory of the pioneering jazz and pop music journalist Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975).

Jerry Garcia Award Established in 1996 in memory of Grateful Dead guitarist and founding Rex board member Jerry Garcia. This award is designed to honor and support individuals and groups that work to encourage creativity in young people.

Bill Graham Award Named in memory of pioneering promoter and producer and founding Rex board member Bill Graham this award is for those working to assist children who are victims of political oppression and human rights violations.

The recipients of these awards to date are as follows.

  Ralph J Gleason Award Jerry Garcia Award Bill Graham Award
2012 The Precipice-Miranda Ferriss Jones Enriching Lives Through Music / Young Women's Drumming Empowerment Project Hidden Wings
2011 Diane di Prima SF Mime Troupe Youth Theater Project Fair Girls
2010 Michael Franti Arts For Humanity! -
2009 Jorma Kaukonen Project Avary Asylum Access
2008 Ali Akbar College of Music All Stars Project, San Francisco Bay Area The Beat Within
2007 Allen Toussaint JazzMasters Workshop The Cambodian Children's Fund (CCF)
2006 New Old Time Chautauqua Los Cenzontles Mexican Art Center Innocence Project
2005 WWOZ - FM Marsh Youth Theater Mercy Corps
2004 Bill Monroe Camp Winnarainbow International Senior Lawyers Project
2003 Chris Strachwitz: Arhoolie Foundaiton Precita Center: Mission Neighbourhnood Centers Parents' Circle: Families Forum of Israeli and Palestinian Bereaved Families
2002 Save Our Sounds The Zuni Tapes Movimiento de Arte Y Cultura Latino Americano Clowns Without Borders
2001 Pete Seeger Loco Bloco Drum & Dance Ensemble Afghan Institute of Learning
2000 Ralph Stanley Babatunde Olatunji Maun Alin Iha Kristus
1999 Los Lobos Mission Cultural Center War Child USA
1998 Dan Bern La Pena Cultural Center Lauder/JDC Youth camp
1997 Charles Brown BRAVA! For Women in the Arts Alejandra Alvaraz
1996 Ornette Coleman Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center Tibet Health Project
1995 Mike Seeger    
1994 David Murray    
1993 Sun Ra    
1990 David Grisman    
? Heiroglyphics Ensemble    
? Alan Lomax    
? San Francisco Mime Troupe    
? Pharoah Sanders    
? Peter Apfelbaum    


Rex Foundation grants.

In addition to those listed above who have received funding via one of the three awards a wide range of other groups and individuals have received Rex Foundation grants between 1884 and 2009. A year by year list of these grantees and the amounts awarded can be viewed on the Rex Foundation Grantee Listing web page.


Discography of recordings that have contributed to Rex funding

info DSO Live: Mar 6, 2004, Chicago, IL, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
info For Rex : The Black Tie Dye Ball, The Zen Tricksters and Special Guests, 2006
info Jerry Jams For Rex, Various Artists, 2010
info The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia, Various Artists, 2011
info Jerry Jams For Rex, Vol. Two, Various Artists, 2011
info Run For The Roses: Celebrating the music of Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter and the Jerry Garcia Band, Various Artists, 2012
info Keys, Keller Williams, 2013
info A Buck Dancer's Choice, Various Artists, 2013
info Harpin' On The Dead, Anela Lauren, 2013

Discography of recordings that have benefited in some way from Rex funding

Richard Barrett

info Vanity, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 199?
info A Round-up of NMC, Various Artists, 199?

Havergal Brian

info Symphony No 3, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1989
info Symphony No. 18 / Violin Concerto No. 2 / The Jolly Miller, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, 1994
info Symphonies Nos. 20 and 25 and Fantastic Variation on an Old Rhyme, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, 1996
info Symphony No 2 / Festival Fanfare, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, 1998
info Symphony No 7 / Symphony No 31 / The Tinker's Wedding, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 199?
info Symphonies Nos. 11 and 15 / For Valour Overture, Op. 7 / Doctor Merryheart, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, 2000

Elliott Carter

info Violin Concerto / Concerto for Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, 1994

Rudy Cipolla

info Portrait of an American Original, Rudy Cipolla / Various Artists, 1997
info Acoustic Disc 100% Handmade Music, Vol. 3, Various Artists, 1997

James Dillon

info James Dillon 1: ignis noster / helle Nacht, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 199?

Colin Matthews

info Hidden Variables / Memorial / Quatrain / Machines and Dreams, London Symphony Orchestra, 1996

San Quentin Mass Choir

info He's All I Need, San Quentin Mass Choir, 1992

Robert Simpson

info Symphony No. 9, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 1988
info Symphony No. 10, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 1991
info Symphonies No. 2 and No. 4, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 1992
info Symphonies No. 1 and No. 8, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1996

Bernard Stevens

info Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 2, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, 1991
info Piano Concerto, Dance Suite, Variations for Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, 1994


Last updated April 2013