Country music icon Clint Black has received a prestigious federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to lead a team of scholars in exploring the potential existence of undiscovered music notes. 

Black will work closely with the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin during this endeavor. The two-year project will employ various professors, musicians, and students from across the globe to seek out the never-before-heard notes. The project’s findings will be analyzed, compiled, and published.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for collaboration and exchange and I’m thrilled to lead the charge,” Black says. “In all my years of singing and playing guitar, I’ve found myself thinking there must be more notes to choose from. This grant will allow us to find these new notes for all musicians and listeners alike to enjoy!”

The grant totals $386,200 over the two-year period with the remainder coming from nongovernmental sources. European funding will be provided in part by the European Commission.

Black is currently on tour and enjoys a good April Fools joke.