The Neil Ratliff IAML Outreach Grant supports MLA's international outreach efforts. The grant was recently used to support attendance by Latin American IAML members to the IAML/IMS Congress in New York City. MLA seeks support to enhance the Ratliff Grant so that it can increase its outreach efforts during the next IAML Congress hosted by the US National Branch. Qualifying libraries that would like to be considered for the grant should contact MLA's President, Michael Rogan.
Neil Ratliff (1936–1994) was head of the University of Maryland, College Park music library and the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) from 1980 to 1994. Before his time at Maryland, Neil was at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center for seventeen years (1963–80). During his distinguished career, he served the Music Library Association in numerous capacities, and was Secretary-General of IAML (1983–87); he also lectured in music librarianship at the Catholic University of America (1983–92). A noted expert on contemporary Greek music, Neil was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1994 to establish a music library in the Athens Concert Hall, but his final illness prevented him from pursuing that project.
The Neil Ratliff IAML Outreach Grant honors the memory of Neil’s professional leadership and personal magnetism on behalf of both MLA and IAML.