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Grace Nono


Grace Nono, born and raised in the southern region of Mindanao, is an award-winning musician and researcher known for her passionate commitment to educating Filipinos about their cultural traditions and to exploring contemporary interpretations of traditional music. She is a noted vocalist who has studied song forms throughout the archipelago, and her acclaimed recordings and performances have brought her many awards in the Philippines. Ms. Nono is also the founder and director of the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts, a non-profit organization engaged in cultural research, music publishing, and educational programs that have received support from the Toyota Foundation, Ford Foundation, UNESCO, and other international agencies. With support from the ACC Ms. Nono was able to travel to the United States for an exteneded period of time to expand her research on Philippine oral traditions at Cornell University, the University of California, Berkeley, and UCLA and to observe the management practices of cultural institutions that work with Asian traditions. In addition, as a creative artist, she met and exchanged ideas with composers and performers whose music draws on their own cultural heritage

Grants Awarded

2017 | Music | United States

a one-year scholarship for travel and living expenses during the first year of an M.A. program in religion and women’s studies at Yale Divinity School

2008 | Music | United States

to support cultural research in the United States and participation in the 20th anniversary celebration of the ACC's Hong Kong Arts Program

2007 | Music | United States

to study arts and cultural management and observe contemporary music in the United States



April 23, 2017

2007 ACC Philippines Fellow Grace Nono performs on stage at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) in “GUGMA” (love in Visayan language), a concert featuring Visayan love songs popularized by various singers in the 20th century. Most of these songs were also featured in her album Dalit: Songs of Love, Loss, and Finding Heart Again (Tao Music, 2009).

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