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.

Works previously published with the assistance of SAM subventions

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, 2016

Guidelines: A Sight and Sound Subvention application should include the following:

  1. Complete contact information.
  2. An abstract of no more than 500 words that describes the project and its contribution to American music.
  3. A brief statement about publication and/or distribution plans.
  4. A financial statement explaining the expenses to which the subvention would be applied.
  5. A brief curriculum vita or resume.

Applications should be sent electronically (in Microsoft Word or pdf format) to: Susan Key.

Committee: Susan Key, chair; William Gibbons; Sheryl Kaskowitz

Subvention Winners

Award Year Winning Authors and Projects
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