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Digitized photo of Davis and Fitzgerald from the National Jazz Museum in Harlem.

Digitized Collections Bring Music to the Masses

Limited by small museum space, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem embarked on a one-year project to digitize two of their cornerstone collections and create two exhibition kiosks.

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The legislation includes $240 million for IMLS, which is $9,000,000 above the FY 2017 enacted funding.
Museums, libraries, and archives, as well as universities and non-profit organizations, are eligible to apply.
IMLS announced 29 finalists for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

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