Funds and Awards


Funds and Awards of the Society


Funds of the Society

Awards of the Society

 


The Society currently maintains the following funds:

NOTE: A restricted fund can be used only for expenditures specifically defined in the fund description. An unrestricted fund can be used for any expenditures of the Society.

General Operating Fund

Lifetime Membership Fund

Discretionary Fund

Student Travel Endowment Fund

Irving Lowens Memorial Fund

Sight and Sound Fund

H. Earle Johnson Fund

Wiley Housewright Dissertation Fund

Mark Tucker Fund

Adrienne Fried Block Research Fund

Conference Fund

Other (RILM Fund)

 


1. General Operating Fund (Unrestricted)

Source of monies: membership dues, unrestricted gifts to the Society, and interest from Society accounts.

Purpose: all expenses not covered by other funds.


2. Life Membership Fund (Restricted)

Source: Life membership endowment.

Purpose: The principal is not expended. Interest is used for the subvention of the costs of memberships of Life Members in the Society and is transferred to the General Fund annually to support these specific expenses of the Society.



3. Discretionary Fund (Restricted)

Sources: 5% of the projected annual income is set aside for this fund.

Purpose: Funds remaining in the Discretionary Fund after the budgeting process will be controlled by the Finance Committee to be used for the payment of incidental expenses that arise after the budgeting process.


4. Student Travel Endowment Fund (Unrestricted).

a. Date and circumstance of inception: This fund was established by the Board in 1988.

b. Source of monies: The amount of money available will also consist of the Silent Auction proceeds from the previous year plus contributions for this purpose received by the previous December 31.

c. Purpose: The goal of this fund is to increase the participation of students in the full experience of the annual conferences by partially subsidizing students' travel expenses.

d. How expended: the Board Liaison to the Student Forum, a member of the Board, is empowered to expend the money in this fund to support student travel to the annual conference. The names of awardees are not publicized. Requests for other funds for Student Forum activities are submitted to the Finance Committee.

e. The number and size of the awards is based on a rolling three-year average of the monies collected.



5. Irving Lowens Memorial Fund (Restricted).

a. Date and circumstance of inception: The award was established 1983 in recognition of Irving Lowens's devoted service to the Society and the cause of American music. It was first given in 1985 for works published in 1983.

b. Source of monies: Fund includes a memorial endowment plus interest, as well as gifts received from members and others. Gifts are acknowledged by the Executive Director and a list of contributors is sent annually to Lowens's widow, Margery Morgan Lowens.

c. Purpose: Use of the fund is restricted to the annual cash award and relevant costs associated with administering the award.

d. Interest from the principal generated during a twelve-month period is used to fund the Lowens Book and Article Awards (see “Awards of the Society” below). Under the terms of the endowment, the principal may not be expended.

e. Budget: The amount of the awards (not to exceed the amount of interest generated in a twelve-month period) is determined by the Board, with advice of the Treasurer and the Honors and Awards Committee.


6. Sight and Sound Fund (Originally Non-Print Publications Fund.) (Unrestricted).

a. Date and circumstance of inception: This fund was established in 1976 by the Board.

b. Source of monies: Contributions (from members and others) and royalties from Society publications.

c. Purpose: Interest earned on the principal is to be used for the subvention of non-print publications relevant to the mission of the Society.

d. How expended: Subventions are decided by the Sight and Sound Committee.

e. Budget: 4.5% of the total amount in the Fund at the previous year's annual statement is available for use in any given year. The total amount of all grants, including committee expenses, must not exceed this amount, and any unspent funds are returned to the fund as principal.


7. H. Earle Johnson Fund (Restricted).

a. Date and circumstance of inception: This fund was established in 1989 by a bequest to the Sonneck Society, now the Society for American Music, from the estate of H. Earle Johnson.

b. Source of monies: The original bequest plus interest, as well as gifts received from members and others in honor of H. Earle Johnson.

c. Purpose: Subvention of publications in American music studies.

d. How expended: Requests for subvention are made from publishers to the Book Publication Subvention Committee. The Board acts on recommendations of specific grants and individual amounts from that committee. Publications receiving subventions will carry the following notice: “Published with the support of the H. Earle Johnson Fund of the Society for American Music.”

e. Budget: 4.5% of the total amount in the Johnson Fund, as calculated from the previous year's annual statement is available for disbursement in any given year. The total amount of all grants, including committee expenses, must not exceed this amount, and any unspent funds are returned to the fund as principal.


8. Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award Endowment (Restricted).

a. Date and circumstance of inception: This fund was established by the Board in October 1995. It was renamed in honor of Wiley Housewright in 2000.

b. Source of monies: Establishing contributions, a substantial donation from Wiley Housewright, and subsequent gifts received through the Society's annual solicitation.

c. Purpose: To encourage and acknowledge exceptional quality research in American music through a prize given yearly to the single most significant completed dissertation in terms of depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field of American music, as expressed in the Society's mission statement. One prize is given annually at the business meeting during the annual conference.

d. Budget: The amount of the award is determined annually by the Board, with advice of the Treasurer and the Honors and Awards Committee.


9. Mark Tucker Award Endowment (Restricted).

a. Date and circumstance of inception: Established by the family of Mark Tucker and others in honor of his contributions to American music.

b. Source of monies: Establishing contributions and subsequent gifts received through the Society's annual solicitation.

c. Purpose: To acknowledge with a financial award an outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the Society's annual conference.

d. Budget: The amount of the award is determined annually by the Board, with the advice of the Treasurer and the Honors and Awards Committee.


10. Adrienne Fried Block Research Award Endowment (Restricted).

a. Date and circumstance of inception: Established by the family of Adrienne Fried Block, and others in honor of her contributions to American music.

b. Source of monies: Establishing gift, as well as gifts from members and others in her honor.

c. Purpose: To provide financial assistance to an established scholar in support of research leading to publication on topics illuminating musical life in large urban communities, with a focus on the interconnections among the groups and offerings present in these metropolitan settings.

d.  Budget: No more than one award will be offered in each cycle. The amount of the award each cycle will vary depending on the interest generated by its endowment. 


11. Conference Fund (Restricted).

a. Source of monies: This fund includes all conference registration fees, conference exhibitor fees, and all other conference income

b. Purpose: All expenses of the annual conference are paid from this fund, including travel expenses for the Program Committee. The Conference Fund is maintained in a separate account of the Society and all income and expenses are separate from the General Operating Fund.


12. Other Appropriations.

•  RILM Fund (Restricted).

•  Date and circumstance of inception: This appropriation was established by the Board in 1988.

•  Source of monies: Gifts are solicited in the annual fundraising mailing. They are acknowledged by the Executive Director and the Development Committee.

•  Purpose: This appropriation is used to call the membership's attention to US-RILM; contributions from members specifically dedicated to this purpose will be earmarked for this appropriation.

•  How expended: The full amount collected each year is supplemented by general operating revenues allocated by the Board to equal the annual contribution of the Society to the US-RILM office.

•  Budget: The amount is an annual contribution from the Society, approved by the Board.

 


Awards of the Society

The Society confers the following awards:

1. Irving Lowens Awards

2. Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award

3. Mark Tucker Award

4. Cambridge University Press Award

5. Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship

6. Student Travel Endowment Awards

 



1. Irving Lowens Awards for Best Book and Best Article

Administered by the Lowens subcommittees of the Honors and Award Committee, the awards are presented annually for a book and article judged as the best in the field of American music in a given year. The awards carry a monetary prize and are announced at the business meeting of the Society's annual conference.


2. Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award

Administered by a subcommittee of the Honors and Awards Committee. The award is given for the single most significant dissertation in a given year, based on depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field of American music. The award includes a monetary prize and is announced at the business meeting of the Society's annual conference.


3. Mark Tucker Award

Administered by a subcommittee of the Honors and Awards Committee, the Mark Tucker Award is presented annually to acknowledge an outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the Society's annual conference. The award includes a monetary prize and is announced at the business meeting at the annual conference.


4. Cambridge University Press Award

Administered by a subcommittee of the Honors and Awards Committee, the Cambridge University Press Award is given annualloy to acknowledge an outstanding paper presented by an international scholar, defined as a presenter who is a non-U.S. citizen who holds an institutional affiliation and/or principal residence outside the United States. The award includes a gift certificate for publications from Cambridge University Press and is announced at the business meeting at the annual conference.


5. Adrienne Fried Block Research Fellowship

An annual fellowship given to an established scholar in support of research leading to publication on topics that illuminate musical life in large urban communities, with a focus on the interconnections among the groups and offerings present in these metropolitan settings. The award is announced at the business meeting of the annual conference.


6. Student Travel Endowment Awards

1. Eligibility and Amounts Given

a. Students may receive financial help toward transportation expenses for Society conferences through the Student Travel Endowment Fund.

b. Students receiving funds must be student members of the Society in good standing and enrolled at a college or university. Exception: doctoral candidates who are ABD need not be formally enrolled if their institution requires them to terminate their candidacy while writing their dissertation.

c. The Fund will provide up to full transportation costs defined as follows:,

one of either the cheapest round-trip airfare available, or the round-trip train fare, or mileage at standard IRS-allowed rates for personal travel (half business rate) plus gas costs and tolls for automobile travel. (N.B.: The fund will not pay for transfers, parking, car rental, or local transportation.)

e. The priority for funding allocation is as follows:

1. students who have never attended a SAM conference and are presenting a paper.

2. students who have attended previously, are presenting a paper, but have not received financial assistance before.

3. students who have attended, are presenting, and have received funds previously.

4. students who have never attended a SAM conference and are not presenting.

5. students who have attended a SAM conference in the past, are not presenting, and have received financial assistance previously.

f. Awards will be made by the Board Liaison to the Student Forum in consultation with the Finance Chair.

1. Application Procedures

Application forms are obtained from the Society website. Deadline for submission of applications may vary depending on the date of the conference, but is usually December 15.

2. Responsibility of the recipients of travel grants

Each student who receives funds shall volunteer at the Silent Auction for up to the length of one session. A student receiving a grant may also be asked to write thank you letters to donors on behalf of all recipients.