The Neil Ratliff IAML Outreach Grant supports MLA's international outreach efforts. The grant provides financial support for projects or proposals that assist music libraries and archives, or support music librarians and archivists, in disadvantaged countries. Grants may provide: travel support to regional IAML meetings or international congresses; educational, instructional, or other such project support to enhance services, collections, and access; support for innovative use of technologies to improve collaboration and communication among colleagues; support for other ideas creatively proposed. MLA seeks contributions to enhance the Neil Ratliff IAML Outreach Grant so that the Association can continue to broaden its efforts to fulfill its Mission Statement at the international level. Qualifying individuals or institutions that would like to be considered for this grant should contact MLA's President (see Board of Directors) to discuss the best way to formulate a proposal to the MLA Board of Directors.
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.