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BMI Foundation Awards 8th Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship

Woody Guthrie Foundation President Nora Guthrie and BMI Foundation, Inc. President Porfirio Piña have announced the winner of the Eighth Annual Woody Guthrie Fellowship, which supports scholarly research into the rich, extensive holdings at the Woody Guthrie Archives in Tulsa, OK.

2013 Fellowship recipient Dr. Mark Kissling is assistant professor of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kissling’s project, Woody Guthrie’s ‘Patriotism’ in U.S. Schools, will explore the teaching of “This Land Is Your Land” in schools, examining the ways in which teachers have incorporated the song into curriculum, as well as the impact this inclusion has had on pedagogy.

About the Woody Guthrie Fellowship:
The Woody Guthrie Fellowship program seeks to encourage unique exploration into the many facets of Woody Guthrie’s life, legacy, and contribution to American and world culture. Since 2006, the Fellowship has supported the research of over 20 individuals, including visual artists, musicians, and academic scholars, and has been the driving force for much new scholarly research on Guthrie and his life.

About the BMI Foundation, Inc.:
The BMI Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1985 to support the creation, performance and study of music through awards, scholarships, commissions and grants. Tax-deductible donations to the Foundation come primarily from songwriters, composers and publishers, BMI employees and members of the public with a special interest in music. Because both the Foundation staff and the distinguished members of the Advisory Panel serve without compensation, more than 97% of all donations and income are used for charitable grants.