Academic Institutional Memberships

Social Media Best Practices For Members

SAM seeks to welcome all individuals and institutions interested in its mission of supporting the study, teaching, creation and dissemination of all musics in the Americas. As a scholarly, collegial, and inclusive organization, we serve a wide and diverse array of academics, librarians, composers, performers, and members of the general public.

SAM uses Facebook and Twitter to communicate with its members in addition to official emails from the Executive Director and Board members. SAM especially relies on social media to make announcements during the annual conference. SAM's official Facebook page is located at SAM's official Twitter handle is @SocAmMusic. The official hashtag for SAM conferences is #AmMusic[last 2 digits of the year]; for example: #AmMusic18. The SAM PR committee and Executive Director maintain the Society’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

SAM encourages the use of social media to communicate information about the Society, its events, and items of interest to its members. Social media use -- that of Twitter in particular -- during the annual SAM conference can help facilitate intellectual exchange, assist in creating a virtual conference space, and boost interest in and attendance of the meeting. To help create and sustain a collegial and productive environment on social media, we ask that you adhere to the following policies.


SAM posts information from the Executive Director and Board to the Facebook page. We post relevant announcements from related societies in music and cultural scholarship. We also share news and information about our members, as well as events and opportunities involving or of particular interest to SAM members. To post information you’d like SAM to share on Facebook, please post it to our Facebook page and a moderator will address it within 5 days.


SAM posts information from the Executive Director and Board to Twitter. We also post relevant announcements from other societies in music and cultural scholarship. We share news and information about events and opportunities involving or of particular interest to SAM members. To share information with SAM and SAM followers on Twitter, please include SAM's Twitter handle in the message. We will try to re-Tweet posts that relate to our members and their interests, but, due to the speed of Twitter, we cannot guarantee re-Tweets.


Audio or video recordings of conference sessions should not be made without the permission of all participants in the session. All speakers or other participants may ask that their paper, comments, slides, or questions not be Tweeted or otherwise posted to social media. Please ask people for consent before taking, posting, or tagging photographs. Session chairs should ask presenters in advance if they want to opt in or opt out of allowing tweets, and chairs should include this information in introducing each presenter. Presenters who want to opt in and allow live-tweeting should include their Twitter handle on their slides or announce it at the beginning of their presentation. Please respect all presenters' preferences. If you enter a session that is already in progress and are in doubt about whether to tweet it, please refrain from doing so until you are certain of consent. If the presenter has a placard at the podium with the Twitter bird on it, you have permission to tweet.

Professional Tone

Please think before you post. Tweets and posts that use the official hashtag are considered online extensions of the conference proceedings, and so we ask that all social media users remember that their comments are both public and represent the Society. The tone of Tweets should be respectful and professional, as if Tweeters were speaking directly to the presenter.


Live-tweeting is often regarded as a transcript of spoken words or an accurate paraphrase of spoken words. Tweeters should take this into account when live-tweeting and be careful as to how they present the words and ideas of others. In live-tweeting, always include the presenter's full name or Twitter handle for clarity in each individual Tweet.


Harassment is a repeated pattern of behavior that includes but is not limited to disparaging or discriminatory comments about identity (such as race, gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, or disability); unwanted photography, recording, or live-posting; inappropriate physical contact; intimidation or stalking; inappropriate sexual comments or attention, including the display of sexual images in public areas; bullying; making threats (overt or implicit) to professional or social status; mobbing; or encouraging any of these behaviors. We expect SAM members and event participants to help make our Society and conference safe and constructive places and to avoid harassing behavior. If you are being harassed or witness another member or attendee being harassed, please contact SAM Executive Director Mariana Whitmer, President Sandra Graham, or Vice-President Christina Baade.