Sight and Sound Subvention
The Sight and Sound Subvention Committee will consider applications regarding financial assistance to facilitate the publication of non-print material concerning American music. Such material may include film, DVD, CD and other audio/visual formats, radio programs, website development, or other projects that further the Society's mission and goals. These materials should be available through a commercial source, not on the applicant's personal pages.
Applications may be made by performers, editors, or producers, who are members of the Society. Applications should be submitted to the Sight and Sound 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: Awards may be made up to $750 each
Deadline: November 1, 2017
Guidelines: A Sight and Sound Subvention application should include the following:
- Complete contact information.
- An abstract of no more than 500 words that describes the project and its contribution to American music.
- A brief statement about publication and/or distribution plans.
- A financial statement explaining the expenses to which the subvention would be applied.
- A brief curriculum vita or resume.
- Please DO NOT send a sample sound recording or video excerpt with your initial application.
Applications should be sent electronically (in Microsoft Word or pdf format) to: Susan Key.
Committee: Sheryl Kaskowitz, chair; William Gibbons; Robynn Stilwell
|Award Year||Winning Authors and Projects|
Sarah Eyerly and Mark Sciuchetti, “Mapping the Historic Soundscapes of
|2016||Kendra Preston Leonard, "Downloadable recordings of music written for silent films"|
|2015||Reba Wissner and Jessica Getman, "Cues and Contracts: Music and the American Television Industry." A searchable online database housing music cue sheets of the 1950s and '60s.|
|2014||Dr. Iain Quinn, The Organ Works of Vincent Persichetti (CD)|
|2013||Mark Clague and Susan Key, Poets and Patriotism: A Recorded History of the Star-Spangled Banner|
|2012||Jamie C. Davidson, “How Ya Gonna Cross That Water?: New Orleans Second Lines as Experiential Media for the Visually Impaired”|
|2011||Jocelyn Arem, Caffè Lena History Project|
|2010||Anna Beresin, University of the Arts, "Urban American Gamestories and Songs" (Companion website to Recess Battles)|
|2009||Ben Harbert, Follow Me Down: The New Work of Louisiana Prison Songs (Film Project)|
|2008||Harmonie Ensemble/New York, Symphonic Jazz II: Gershwin Originals (CD)|
|2007||John Koegel, Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1920 (Companion CD)|
|2005||Brenda M. Romero Canciones de mis patrias (Songs of My Homelands)|
|2004||Gerri Gribi, CreativeFolk.com, Afro-AmericanHeritage.com (Website Development)|
|2000||Farmer's Museum, Winter's Song: Seasonal and Holiday Favorites from Candlelight Evening|
|1999||Prof. Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation, A Marc Blitzstein
Songbook (Companion CD)
Lauralyn Kolb, Songs of John Duke (New World Records)
|1998||Cal Johnson, Chicago Renaissance Woman: Florence Price Organ Works|
|1997||Adrienne Fried Block, Music of William Mayer and Amy Beach|
|1996||Benjamin Sears and Bradford Connor, Irving Berlin Songs, 1915-1918|