H. Earle Johnson Publication Subvention

H. Earle Johnson, pioneer scholar of music in America, was a founding member, former Vice President, and first Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Sonneck Society (now the Society for American Music). He served the Society with enthusiasm and dedication tempered by realistic vision and sound judgment. His contributions to scholarly study of music in America are numerous, the quality and significance of which are reflected by ubiquitous references to his works in scholarly publications. Johnson was a member of the music faculty at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1937-1942 and 1946-1953, a visiting professor of music at Temple University in Philadelphia, and a professor in the Eminent Scholars Program of the College of William Mary in 1975, He continued at William and Mary as a visiting professor until his retirement in 1983. Early in his career, as a critic for the New Haven Register, Earle developed an ear and heart for the performers of music. Though music criticism ceased to serve as his means of livelihood, he retained an avid interest in concert life and continued to be charitable in supporting and encouraging performers and organizations. In recognition of his many contributions to the history of American music and his service to the Society, H. Earle Johnson was elected as an Honorary Member in 1986. The H. Earle Johnson Book Publication Subvention Award of the Society for American Music is intended to support the costs of the publication of a significant monograph on an important topic in American Music.

Committee: Beth Levy (chair), Julie Hubbert, Emily Ansari

Applications: Applications should be submitted to the publications committee which will make its recommendations with brief justifications to the Society for American Music board in advance of its spring meeting, usually held in March.

Maximum award: $2,500.

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Guidelines: Applications should be submitted electronically, as a pdf or zip file, to belevy@ucdavis.edu. Please create one single pdf or zip file for the entire application and include all parts within it. If a publisher is unable to submit an electronic copy, please email the Chair to acquire a mailing address. Applications should include: 

  1. A statement about publication plans. (Note: before application for a subvention can be made, a publisher must have agreed to put out the work)
  2. Detailed financial statement, including: a breakdown of publication costs showing format, print run, and projected costs; specific request for amount from the committee; indication of the impact of subvention on the price of the book or the cost borne by the author; and a list of other subvention awards to which the publisher or author is making application.
  3. Brief curriculum vita
  4. Outline of proposed publication (including table of contents)
  5. Sample chapter or excerpt from work

Please note that the Johnson Subvention is not for research-related expenses, but for publication costs, and the application must come from the Publisher. The subvention is for completed manuscripts, not works-in-progress.

Eligibility: Authors must be a current member of the Society for American Music.

Previous Recipients

Award Year Winning Authors and Projects
2014

Ryan Bañagale, Arranging Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an American Icon. Oxford University Press.

Sherrie Tucker, Dance Floor Democracy: The Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen. Duke University Press

2013

Melissa de Graaf, The New York Composers’ Forum Concerts: 1935-1940, from the University of Rochester Press

Christopher Smith, The Creolization of American Culture: William Sidney Mount and the Roots of Blackface Minstrelsy, from the University of Illinois Press

2012

Sheryl Kaskowitz, God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song

Carol Hess, Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream

2011 John Spitzer, ed., American Orchestras in the Nineteenth Century
2010

John Koegel, ed., Music, American Made: Essays in Honor of John Graziano

Steve Swayne, Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

2005-2009

John Koegel, Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1920

Raymond Knapp, The American Musical and the Performance of Identity

Howard Pollack, George Gershwin: His Life and Legacy

Judith Tick, Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion

Catherine Parsons Smith, Making Music in Los Angeles: Transforming the Popular

Mark Zobel, The Third Symphony of Charles Ives

Larry Hamberlin, That Opera Rag: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime

Era
James Lovensheimer, South Pacific: Paradise Rewritten

2004

Elizabeth B. Crist, Music for the Common Man: Aaron Copland during the Depression and War

Gayle Murchison, The American Stravinsky: The Style and Aesthetics of Copland’s New American Music, the Early Works, 1921-1938

2003

Doris Evans McGinty, A Documentary History of The National Association of Negro Musicians

Ron Pen, Louis Dolive, and Richel Brett Harley, eds., Kentucky Harmony and Supplement to Kentucky Harmony

2002

Tim Brooks, Blacks and the Birth of the Recording Industry, 1890-1919

Liane Curtis, A Rebecca Clark Reader

Leta E. Miller, Lou Harrison

2001 R. Allen Lott, Grand Tours: Five European Piano Virtuosos in the New World
2000

Carol Oja, Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Ellen Koskoff, Music in Lubavitcher Life

Kai Fikentscher, "You Better Work!" Underground Dance Music in New York City

1999

Bell Yung and Helen Rees, Understanding Charles Seeger

Catherine P. Smith, Study in Contradictions: Toward a Biography of William Grant Still

Charles K. Wolfe, Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry

Alan C. Beuchner, Sons of Harmony

1998

Adrienne Fried Block, Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian

Michael Hicks, Sixties Rock: Garage, Psychedelic, and Other Satisfactions

Andrea Olmstead, Juilliard: A History

1997

Ralph P. Locke, Cyrillia Barr, Cultivating Music in America: Women Patrons and Activities

Dale Cockrell, Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and Their World

Karen Ahlquist, Democracy at the Opera: Music, Theatre, and Culture in New York City, 1815-60

1996

Judith Vander, Shoshone Ghost Dance Religion

Nolan Porterfield, The Last Cavalier: John A Lomax, 1867-1948

1995 Cecelia Conway, African Banjo, Echoes in Appalachia
1994 Marilyn Ziffrin, Carl Ruggles
1993

Katherine K. Preston, Opera on the Road: Traveling Opera Troupes in the United States, 1825-1860

Ellen Knight, Charles Martin Loeffler: A Biography

1992 Barbara Heyman, Samuel Barber: The Composer and his Music
1991 Thomas McGeary, The Music of Harry Partch: A Descriptive Catalogue