'For The Birds: The Birdsong Project' Wins Grammy for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Monday, February 5, 2024

Congratulations are in order today to the For the Birds: The Birdsong Project who on Sunday earned a Grammy Win for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

The 5 Volume, 20-LP Deluxe Box set packaging was designed by Jeri Heiden and John Heiden with contributions from dozens of artists, and The Birdsong Project was produced by Randall Poster, the Grammy Award-winning producer and music supervisor known for his longtime work with Wes Anderson and Martin Scorsese. It was conceived and inspired by Executive Producer Rebecca Reagan, who brought a grand creative vision and wisdom to the project. Additional executive producers are Elliot Bergman, Stewart Lerman and Lee Ranaldo.

The complete 5-volume collection from The Birdsong Project is available digitally for streaming though the full collection is also available as a limited edition 20-LP deluxe box set, which features a 60-page book including an essay by musician-ornithologist Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater and a package bursting with paintings and illustrations of birds by well-known artists.

Of the win the Heidens say,”On behalf of The Birdsong Project and the National Audubon Society we are thrilled to receive this recognition from our peers in the music industry. We hope that it will continue to inspire people toward conservation of birds and their habitats.”

Randall Poster adds,” We are thrilled to see the Birdsong Project recognized by the music community. John and Jeri designed the most beautiful box set ever.”

"We are incredibly proud to stand alongside the Grammy Award-winning Birdsong Project," said Dr. Elizabeth Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the National Audubon Society. "This project celebrates birds and the joy they bring to our lives. At Audubon, our unwavering commitment to the conservation of birds is rooted in the understanding that they serve as critical indicators of our planet's health. As they thrive, so do we.”

The project’s expansive collection of 242 recordings represents a remarkable assemblage of diverse talent from across the creative community in support of an important cause, including GRAMMY, Oscar, Emmy, Pulitzer, Peabody and James Beard Award winners Ad-Rock, Sam Amidon, Laurie Anderson, Beck, Cassandra Jenkins, Dan Deacon, Julia Holter, Daniel Lanois, Elvis Costello, Flaming Lips, Haden Triplets, Jeff Tweedy, Jim James, Kamasi Washington, Karen O, Kurt Vile, Atlas Sound & L’Rain, Makaya McCraven, Arturo O’Farrill, Hania Rani, Mark Ronson, Nick Cave, Stephin Merritt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Terry Riley, Tyondai Braxton, UNKLE, Yo-Yo Ma, and many more. The majority of the recordings were made specifically for this project.

Spoken-word contributions recorded and donated to the project feature an array of writers and actors including Jonathan Franzen, Maggie Smith, Ocean Vuong, Alice Waters, George Saunders, Florence Welch, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Jelani Cobb, Matthew McConaughey, Natasha Lyonne, Regina King, Robert Pattinson, Sean Penn, Tilda Swinton, Tim Blake Nelson, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, and more.

Proceeds from The Birdsong Project benefit the National Audubon Society, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.