Standing Committees

Honors, Awards, and Subventions Council

Service and Achievement Awards Committee

Honorary Membership Committee (ad-hoc)

Lowens Book Award Committee

Lowens Article Award Committee

Housewright Dissertation Award Committee

Block Fellowship Committee

Charosh Fellowship Committee

Cone Fellowship Committee

Crawford Fellowship Committee

Graziano Fellowship Committee

Hamm Fellowhip Committee

Hampsong Education Fellowship Committee

Margery Lowens Fellowship Committee

McCulloh Fellowship Committee

McLucas Fellowship Committee

Southern Fellowship Committee

Thomson Fellowship Committee

Tick Fellowship Committee

Walser McClary Fellowship Committee

Mark Tucker Award Committee

Cambridge University Press Award Committee

H. Earle Johnson Book Publication Subvention Committee

Sight and Sound Subvention Committee

 


Service and Achievement Awards Committee

  1. Charge

    The Service and Achievement Awards Committee recommends to the Board the names of potential recipients for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Service Citation.

  2. Membership

    The committee shall consist of a chair and four members, appointed by the President, who should be senior members and have wide acquaintanceship within the Society, as well as broad knowledge of the national and international music scene. Appointments are for three years, staggered to ensure continuity.  Three members will rotate into the role of chair for one year; the remaining two members will serve in non-rotating roles. No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms.

  3. Procedures

    The Service and Achievement Awards Committee, in conjunction with the Public Relations committee, shall issue an annual call for nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award to the membership. Nominations should be submitted with a statement of justification. The committee may also review nominations from previous years. The Committee should contact the Society's Executive Director for a complete list of committee service appointments held by Society members.

    The committee will review the nominations and submit a slate of three nominees for the Lifetime Achievement Award ranked in order of preference, and a single nomination for the Distinguished Service Citation, to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by August 1.  The slate will be considered by the Board at its Fall meeting sixth months before the award is to be given. The Board shall discuss and vote on the recommendations at a regular meeting of the full Board.

    The President shall then contact the nominees in slate order before the annual conference at which the Honorees are to be named.

    The President shall then contact the nominees in slate order before the annual conference at which the Honoree is to be named and confirm willingness to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award in person and attend the annual conference of the Society.

    The names of the honorees, except the recipient of the Distinguished Service Citation, may be made public in conjunction with publicity for the event at which the award is to be made. The recipient of the Distinguished Service Citation will not be announced publicly until the ceremony of conferral, although the recipient may be informed ahead of time.

  4. Type and Purpose

    1. Distinguished Service Citation (visit)

      This honor is given by the Board to a current member of the Society who has given exemplary and continued service to the Society and its mission.

    2. Lifetime Achievement Award (visit)

      This honor is given by the Board of Trustees in recognition of the recipient's significant and substantial lifetime achievement in scholarship, performance, teaching, and/or support of American Music. The recipient shall be a long-standing member of the Society.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The awards will be given at the annual meeting of the Society. Preferably, the Lifetime Achievement honoree should agree to be present at the conferring of the award. Posthumous awards will not be given unless the recipient had been selected by the Board before death occurred. The Distinguished Service Citation may be announced without the person being physically present to accept it.

    The awards will be given at the annual meeting of the Society. Preferably, the Lifetime Achievement honoree should agree to be present at the conferring of the award. Posthumous awards will not be given unless the recipient had been selected by the Board before death occurred. The Distinguished Service Citation may be announced without the person being physically present to accept it.

    Wording of the certificates shall be prepared by a member of the Service and Achievement Awards Committee, incorporating information from the nominee if necessary. The certificates are prepared by the Executive Director. At the ceremony, the citations will be read by the chair (or a designate if unable to attend) and the certificate will be presented by the President. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange for the citation to published in the Bulletin and the award-winner to be announced on the Society's website. Copies of the citations should be given to the Secretary and the honorees.

  6. Hospitality

    No travel funding for attendance at the annual conference will be provided for the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award or Distinguished Service Citation or for the family or friends of either honoree. Consideration may be given to providing local airport transportation, waiving the honoree’s conference registration fee, and assuming other minor hospitality costs.  Funding will be allocated by the Board in the annual budget of the Society for these hospitality costs only.

Honorary Membership Committee (ad-hoc)

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  1. Charge

    Each year the Board of Trustees recognizes a prominent senior figure who has made important contributions to the field of American music by granting an honorary membership. This honor is signified by a certificate and public ceremony that confers life membership in the Society, with all rights and benefits. The Honorary Membership Committee recommends to the Board the names of potential recipients for the Honorary Membership award.

  2. Membership

    This ad-hoc committee comprises the President and two members appointed by the President.  It is advisable to include on the committee at least one representative from the local arrangements committee for the conference at which the Honorary Member will be honored. Members are appointed by the President to a one-year term.

  3. Procedures

    The committee will submit a slate of at least three nominees for the Honorary Membership, ranked in order of preference, and submit it to the Board Secretary by August 1.  The slate will be considered by the Board at its Fall meeting eighteen months before the award is to be given. The Board shall discuss and vote on the recommendations in executive session at a regular meeting of the full Board.

    When considering names of potential honorary members, the committee should take the conference site and theme into account. The Program and Local Arrangements committees may be consulted to suggest names for the year of their conference. Nominations of music-makers who are closely involved in musical activities located in the general proximity of the convention location are highly recommended.

    The President shall contact the nominees in slate order at least one year before the annual conference at which the Honoree is to be named and confirm willingness to accept the Honorary Membership in person and attend the annual conference of the Society.   It is recommended to select an Honoree far enough in advance so that the program committee may incorporate this information into the call for submissions and program planning.

    The name of the Honoree may be made public in conjunction with publicity for the event at which the award is to be made.

  4. Public announcement and notifications

    The honor must be given at the annual conference of the Society, at an event scheduled in conjunction with the annual conference, or if appropriate, at another occasion when the citation will bring desirable attention to the Society. Posthumous awards will not be given unless the recipient had been selected by the Board before death occurred.

    Wording of the certificate shall be prepared by a member of the committee, incorporating information from the nominee if necessary. The citation will be read and presented by the President, or as designated by the President. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange for the citations to published in the Bulletin and the names of the award-winners to be published on the Society's website. Copies of the citations should be given to the Secretary and the honoree.

  5. Hospitality

    When the Honorary Membership is to be conferred at the annual meeting of the Society, the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee is responsible for arranging to host the honoree. The Society will offer to pay for the costs of travel, hotel, and transportation for the Honorary Member as well as to waive the conference registration fee.  Consideration may be given to airport transportation, local transportation, and other minor hospitality costs such as hosting the Honorary Member for a meal with Society representatives.  The Society will also arrange and pay for a reception in conjunction with the Honorary Member award ceremony.   When possible, the Society will videotape the award ceremony and make it available on the website. Funding will be allocated by the Board in the annual budget of the Society for these hospitality costs only. No funding for attendance at the annual conference will be provided for the family or friends of the honoree.


Lowens Book and Article Award Committees

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  1. Charge

    The Lowens Award Committees administer the annual awards recognizing the most outstanding book and the most outstanding scholarly article in American music.  The awards commemorate Irving Lowens—the principal founder of the society and its first president—and his contributions to the study of American music.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and four members for each committee. Each member of these two separate committees serves for three years, staggered to ensure continuity.  Three members of each committee will rotate into serving as chair for a one-year term; the remaining two members will serve in a non-rotating role.

    Members should consist of individuals with experience appropriate to the award. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of each fellowship on the appropriate committee.  To avoid any suggestion of conflict of interest, no person whose own work is eligible for an award should be appointed to serve. Should a member unexpectedly find a conflict of interest due to early or late publication of his/her work, that member will be required to resign from the committee.

  3. Procedure

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, each subcommittee will issue an annual call for nominations for each award in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. Self-nominations are welcome. Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  The application deadline is June 1 for books/articles published the previous calendar year (as identified by the official copyright date that appears in print on the back of the title page).

    The Lowens committees review all submitted materials of a given year, and identify the winning work and author.  Each committee may devise its own winnowing procedures to establish a list of finalists, but all members of each committee must read the complete submissions of all the finalists.

    The Chair of each subcommittee shall submit the committee’s recommendation to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by August 1, so that it may be discussed by the Board at its fall meeting. Each recommendation should include a paragraph supporting the selection, a rationale for the committee's decision, the text of the citation to be read at the award ceremony, and the addresses of the author(s) and publishers, when applicable. The award is given the following spring (i.e., a work published in 2007 would be recommended to the Board in the fall of 2008 and receive the award in the spring of 2009).

  4. Guidelines for selection

    These awards are made for works that make outstanding contributions to American music studies, and stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation, and study of American musics of all eras and in all their diversity throughout the world. Works written in a language other than English are eligible for consideration, but must include an English translation of the complete article or a significant chapter of a book. Factors to be considered include contributions to under-represented areas of interest, stimulation of dialogue on controversial issues, long-lasting scholarly value, or setting new standards for the field. Bibliographical works, thematic catalogues, and other works of reference are normally excluded. Nominees need not be members of the Society.

    Submissions should have sufficient scope to supplement substantially or revise previous knowledge about American music. The thesis should be well documented and supported by strong arguments. No explicit size or coverage is required, but the work should convey the impression of important research and thinking. Articles may appear in refereed journals, Festschrifts, as essays in book-length anthologies, or as essays accompanying scholarly editions.

    The Irving Lowens Book Award shall be given only to a single winner. No dividing of the prize is allowed. The committee may, if they desire, designate one book for honorable mention, which will be announced at the annual business meeting.

    The Irving Lowens Article Award shall be given only to a single winner. No dividing of the prize is allowed. The committee may, if they desire, designate one article for honorable mention, which will be announced at the annual business meeting.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The President notifies the recipients and publishers of the awardees after the fall Board meeting. In the case of the Lowens Book Award, the publisher is encouraged to exhibit at the conference at which the award will be given. The Chair of the Lowens Book Award committee thanks all publishers whose books were submitted for consideration.  The Chairs of each committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipients of the awards and the president will present the checks to the winners at the annual conference.  Although attendance is not mandatory, award recipients should be encouraged to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the names of the award-winners and the titles of the award-winning work announced in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

 


Housewright Dissertation Award Committee

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  1. Charge

    The Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award committee administers the annual award competition to recognize the most outstanding dissertation on American music.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and four members. All committee members will serve for three years, staggered to ensure continuity. Three committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a one-year-term; the other two committee members will serve in non-rotating roles.

    Membership should consist of individuals with experience appropriate to the award. To avoid any suggestion of conflict of interest, no person who has served as the adviser for an eligible dissertation should be appointed to serve. Should a member unexpectedly find a conflict of interest, that member will be required to resign from the committee. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  The application deadline is June 1 for dissertations filed the previous calendar year. 

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's rationale to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards no later than August 1, so that it can be included in that committee's Fall report to the Board. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner (and dissertation adviser). 

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The award is designed to recognize a single dissertation on American music for its exceptional depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field. American music is interpreted in all its historical and contemporary styles and contexts, including, but not limited to art and popular musics, the musics of ethnic groups and minorities, and the full range of activities associated with music. "America" is understood here to embrace North America (Canada, The United States, and Mexico), including Central America and the Caribbean, and aspects of its cultures elsewhere in the world.  The dissertation must be in English.

    The award shall be given only to a single winner. No dividing of the prize is allowed. The committee may, if they desire, designate one dissertation for honorable mention, which will be announced at the annual business meeting.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The award is given the following spring (i.e., a dissertation filed in 2007 would be recommended to the Board in the fall of 2008 and receive the award in the spring of 2009).  The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference, and the president will present the check to the winner.  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person.  The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the name of the award-winner and the dissertation title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

 


Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship, which is given to support scholarly research leading to publication on topics that illuminate musical life in large urban communities.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee, and members should preferably maintain an interest in urban studies.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.

    Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  Applications include a one-page letter of application with contact information, a narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding, a current CV, and a budget for the project.

    The maximum award is $3,000. The entire award may be given to an individual winner or the award may be divided evenly between two winners. The Fellowship may support research expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, books, and media resources.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner(s) and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.  A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    This fellowship shall be given to support scholarly research leading to publication on topics that illuminate musical life in large urban communities in the Americas. Preference shall be given to projects that focus on the interconnections among the groups and organizations present in these metropolitan settings and their participation in the wide range of genres that inform the musical life and culture of their cities.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner.  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person.  The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

 

Paul Charosh Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Paul Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship, which is intended to foster research by independent scholars, and to encourage their participation in Society conferences.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. The maximum award is $1,500.

    1. The fellowship is intended to foster research by independent scholars, and to encourage their participation in Society conferences. For purposes of this award, an “independent scholar” is someone who does not teach at an institution of higher learning, or who does so with a non-renewable contract of one year or less. Applicants are not required to hold any particular degree or certification. They may be current SAM members but others, pursuing a scholarly life outside the academy, are also eligible.

    2. Applicants will provide a letter of application with contact information (mailing address, phone number, and email address) and an overview of your engagement with American music as an independent scholar; a 500-word (maximum) narrative describing your research project; one or two sentences explaining how attending the SAM conference will benefit you and/or your project; a statement of any support that you receive from an employer for research or travel to meetings; and a current CV or resume.

    3. No more than one award will be offered annually. The maximum award is $1,500.
  4. The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by December 1, prior to the spring conference. The recipient will be expected to attend and participate in the Society's spring conference. Specific conditions of the participation will be made in consultation with the award committee and the Society's Board. The awardee's name and presence, and nature of their participation in the conference, will be noted in the program. Conference registration fees for the awardee will be waived.

    Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.

  5. Guidelines for selection

    The fellowship is intended to foster research by independent scholars, and to encourage their participation in Society conferences. For purposes of this award, an "independent scholar" is someone who does not teach at an institution of higher learning, or who does so with a non-renewable contract of one year or less. Applicants are not required to hold any particular degree or certification. They may be current SAM members but others, pursuing a scholarly life outside the academy, are also eligible. These may include journalists, music critics, biographers, and others whose work is of professional value to those working within the academy.

  6. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner. The award recipient is required to attend the conference and should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting to receive the award in person.  The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

 

Charles Hamm Fellowship Committee

  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Charles Hamm Fellowship, which shall be given to support an annual one-week research residency at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives facility on the campus of Cuyahoga Community Collegein Cleveland, Ohio.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term. The third committee member, appointed as a representative of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee, and committee members should preferably maintain an interest in popular music.

  3. Procedures

    The program was initiated in 2017 as a co-sponsorship between the Society and the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University, with funding for the $2,000 annual award split equally between the Society and the Center. Continuation of the award program in its current form rests on mutual understanding between SAM and the Director of the Center for Popular Music Studies. The fellowship may support research expenses including, but not limited to, travel expenses, lodging, books, and media resources.

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. The maximum award is $2,000. No more than one award will be offered annually.

    Complete applications include:
    1. A one-page letter of application with contact information (including mailing address, phone number, and email address); a current full CV; a narrative of no more than four pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and explains the research plan as it relates to the holdings of the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives; and a one-page budget for the project.

    2. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.

    3. No more than one award will be offered annually. The maximum award is $2,000.

    4. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner. The Executive Director will contact the Center for Popular Music Studies to handle the $1,000 Case contribution for the award. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  1. Guidelines for selection

    The fellowship supports an annual one-week research residency at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives facility on the campus of Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers, the fellowship may be used to support expenses associated with the residency, such as travel expenses, lodging, and duplication expenses at the center. Suitable projects will take appropriate advantage of the holdings of the Rock Hall’s Library and Archives.

  2. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

Edward T. Cone Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the competition for the Edward T. Cone Fellowship, which is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers whose research interest is focused on the history, creation, and analysis of American concert music, ranging from solo or chamber music to symphonic works.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The maximum award is $2,000. The entire award may be given to an individual winner or the award may be divided evenly between two winners.

    Application materials include a general description of the project (including the intellectual rationale, significance to the field of American music, and expected outcome), a plan of work, a detailed budget, and one reference letter.  Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website. 

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner (or two winners) and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal(s), including budget(s), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner(s) in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner(s). A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The Edward T. Cone Fellowship is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers whose research interest is focused on the history, creation, and analysis of American concert music, ranging from solo or chamber music to symphonic works. The Fellowship may support research expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, books, and media resources.

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference, and the president will present a check to the winner(s).  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient(s) should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award(s) in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner(s)'s name and proposed project title(s) published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

 

Richard Crawford Fellowship

  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Richard Crawford Fellowship, which supports research conducted by contracted volume editors in the Music of the United States of America (MUSA) series of critical editions. Once the MUSA series and the applicant pool diminishes, the scope of the fellowship will be widened to support research by any editors of critical editions of music of the Americas. Endowment funding allows for the fellowship to be awarded at annual conferences held in even years, starting in 2018.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee, and members should preferably have experience with or interest in critical editions of music.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. The maximum award is $1,000. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music. The award is awarded only at annual conferences held in even years, starting in 2018. The fellowship may support research expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, lodging, books, and media resources.

    Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website. Applications include a one-page letter of application with contact information, a narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the MUSA volume, the scope of the project, and the need for funding; a current full CV from the contracted editor; and a budget for the project.

  4. The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  5. Guidelines for selection

    The Richard Crawford Fellowship supports research by contracted editors of MUSA volumes. The fellowship supports research expenses involved in the preparation of critical editions, including but not limited to travel expenses, lodging, books, and media resources.

  6. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

 

John and Roberta Graziano Fellowship Committee

  1. Charge

    The committee administers the John and Roberta Graziano Fellowship, which is given to support scholarly research in all genres of music that originated in the United States in the nineteenth century, as well as other music performed in North America during that historical period.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee, and members should preferably maintain an interest in 19th-century American music.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is December 1. The maximum award is $1,000. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.

    Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website. Applications include a one-page letter of application with contact information, a narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding, a current CV, and a budget for the project.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    This fellowship shall be given to support scholarly research in all genres of music that originated in the United States in the nineteenth century, as well as other music performed in North America during that historical period.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

Hampsong Education Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the competition for the Hampsong Education Fellowship in American Song, which provides support for an educator who seeks to help students and the general public understand American history and culture through the medium of song.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The maximum award is $1,000.  The application deadline is November 1. 

    Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  Application materials include a general description of the project (including the intellectual rationale, significance to the field of American music, and expected outcome), a plan of work, a detailed budget, and one reference letter.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.  A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The Hampsong Education Fellowship in American Song is awarded to an educator at any phase of their careers who wish to help students and the general public understand American history and culture through the medium of song, by developing curricular or co-curricular projects that utilize materials from the Song of America database and Voices Across Time, as well as other primary resources in American song. Song of America is an online database created by the Hampsong Foundation for the purpose of understanding American culture through classic song; Voices Across Time is a resource guide created by the Society for American Music and the University of Pittsburgh Center for American Music, offering materials and strategies for using historic American songs as primary sources for studying American history and literature.

    Educators in the humanities and social sciences (including but not limited to music history, English literature and poetry, American history, and American studies) are encouraged to apply. Teachers who have completed Voices Across Time training are particularly encouraged to apply for funding to develop follow-up projects that could involve performance or collaborative ventures with others. The term “educators” is meant to include K-12 teachers, home-schoolers, graduate students in education programs, college and university professors, museum specialists, performers, and others who educate special audiences and the general public about song in American history and culture.

    The Fellowship may support the development of print and / or online curricular resources, performances with associated curricular resources, collaborative ventures that include non-musicians or non-music scholars and educators, lecture-recitals, illustrated performances or other innovative approaches, as long as the focus of the project is in keeping with the related goals of Voices Across Time and Song of America.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference, and the president will present the check to the winner.  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person.  The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

Margery Morgan Lowens Dissertation Research Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the annual award competition for the Margery Morgan Dissertation Research Fellowship, which is awarded competitively to students at the early stages of their dissertation research on American music.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for three years, staggered to ensure continuity. Each member will rotate into serving as chair for a one-year term. Membership should consist of individuals with experience appropriate to adjudicating the award.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies.

    Application materials include a one-page letter of application with contact information, a dissertation proposal, a narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding, a one-page budget, and one reference letter. The reference letter should be sent separately by the recommender to the committee chair, and it should include the official date when the student achieved Ph.D. candidacy. Fellowship applications are due on July 15th. The fellowship is designed to fund research projects conducted during the period between the application deadline and Sept. 30 of the following year (e.g. July 15, 2018-September 30, 2019).

    Fellowship applications are limited to students who achieved Ph.D. candidacy within an 18-month period prior to applying for the fellowship (e.g. Students applying for the July 15, 2018 deadline must have achieved candidacy between Jan. 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018). Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  

    The maximum award is $4,000. The entire award may be given to an individual winner or the award may be split the award between multiple fellows. The Fellowship may support research expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, books, and media resources. The winner(s) of the award is also granted one complimentary year of membership in the Society.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner (or two winners) and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal(s), including budget(s), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards no later than August 1, so that it can be included in that committee's Fall report to the Board. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection (typically in September), the President shall notify the winner(s) in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The award check(s) will also be conveyed to the winner once the Board has made its decision. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner(s). A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The Margery Morgan Dissertation Research Fellowship is awarded competitively to students at the early stages of their dissertation research on American music. The Society for American Music is dedicated to the study, teaching, creation and dissemination of all musics in the Americas.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference, and the president will present a check to the winner(s).  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient(s) should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award(s) in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner(s)'s name and proposed project title(s) published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

Judith McCulloh Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Judith McCulloh Fellowship, which shall be given to support an annual short-term research residency on folk-based musical culture of the Americas at any research center or archive for which the applicant makes a compelling case.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee, and members should preferably maintain an interest in American music, folklife, and cultural heritage.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. The maximum award is $1,000. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.

    Complete application procedures are posted on the McCulloh web page. Applications include:
    1. A one-page letter of application with contact information, a narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project (and includes a persuasive and detailed rationale for a short-term residence on folk-based musical culture of the Americas at any research center or archive), a current CV, and a budget for the project.

    2. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.

    3. No more than one award will be offered annually. The maximum award is $1,000.

    4. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The fellowship is given annually to support research on a folk-based music culture of the Americas. Awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers, the fellowship is designed to support expenses (such as travel, lodging, and duplication) associated with residency at a research center or archive, or with fieldwork. Potential research center sites include the Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, where McCulloh worked extensively, and other repositories that reflect her broad interests in folk music.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.


Anne Dhu McLucas Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Anne Dhu McLucas Fellowship, which shall be given to support a graduate student conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nation music. 

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee, and members should preferably maintain an interest in traditional music or Native American/First Nation music.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. The maximum award is $1,000.

    Complete application procedures are posted on the McLucas fellowship web page.
    1. Applications include: a one-page letter of application with contact information, a narrative three-to-five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding, a current CV, a one-page budget for the project, and one letter of reference from a scholar who is familiar with your work (the letter should be sent separately by your recommender to the committee chair).
    2. The fellowship is open to graduate students conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nation music.  No more than one award will be offered annually. The maximum award is $1,000. The winner of the award is also granted one complimentary year of membership in the Society.
    3. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    This fellowship shall be given to support a graduate student conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nation music.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner's name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

Eileen Southern Fellowship

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Eileen Southern Fellowship, which is given to support scholarly research on music of the African diaspora in the Americas.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee, and members should preferably maintain an interest in music of the African diaspora in the Americas.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. The maximum award is $1,000. Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music. The fellowship may support research expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, lodging, books, and media resources.

    Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website. Applications include a one-page letter of application with contact information, a narrative of no more than five pages (double-spaced) that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding, a current full CV, and a budget for the project.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner. A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The Eileen Southern Fellowship is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers in support of research on music of the African diaspora in the Americas. The fellowship may support research expenses for archival or ethnographic research, including but not limited to travel expenses, lodging, books, and media resources.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present the check to the winner. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.


Virgil Thomson Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the competition for the Virgil Thomson Fellowship, which is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers whose research interest is focused on the history, creation, and analysis of American music on stage and screen, including opera.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The maximum award is $4,000. The entire award may be given to an individual winner or the award may be divided evenly between two winners.

    Application materials include a general description of the project (including the intellectual rationale, significance to the field of American music, and expected outcome), a plan of work, a detailed budget, and one reference letter.  Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website. 

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner (or two winners)  and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal(s), including budget(s), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner(s) in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner(s). A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The Virgil Thomson Fellowship is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers whose interest is focused on the history, creation, and analysis of American music on stage and screen, including opera. The Fellowship may support research expenses, including but not limited to travel expenses, books, and media resources.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference, and the president will present a check to the winner(s).  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient(s) should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award(s) in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner(s)’s name and proposed project title(s) published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

Judith Tick Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the Judith Tick Fellowship, which shall be given to support scholarly research leading to publication on musical topics involving Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Preference will be given to projects that resonate with the primary research areas that have been the focus of Prof. Tick’s distinguished career, including women’s music-making across time and musical genres; musical biography; and source studies in American music. The fellowship is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role.  It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies. The deadline for applications is November 1. The maximum award is $1,000.  Applicants must be members in good standing of the Society for American Music.   Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  Applications include a one-page letter of application with contact information, a narrative of no more than five pages that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding, a budget for the project, and a current CV.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the winner and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (including budget), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.  A one-page budget and final report are to be submitted by the recipient to the Executive Director of the Society no more than one year after the award is presented.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    This fellowship is awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers to support scholarly research leading to publication on topics involving women's music-making across time and musical genres, musical biography, and/or source studies in American music. The fellowship may support research expenses for archival or ethnographic research, including but not limited to travel expenses, books, and media resources.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present a check to the winner.  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

Walser McClary Fellowship Committee

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  1. Charge

    The committee administers the annual award competition for the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship, which is intended to diversify the field of scholars working on American music.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for three years, staggered to ensure continuity. Each member will rotate into serving as chair for a one-year term. Membership should consist of individuals with experience appropriate to adjudicating the award.

  3. Eligibility

    An applicant for the fellowship must be
    • a full-time graduate student at a U.S. or Canadian university with proof of good standing at an educational institution;
    • a member of a historically underrepresented group in the field;
    • a Ph.D. candidate (achieved before the application deadline);
    • writing a dissertation on American music (defined broadly by the Society of American Music as “music of the Americas”)

    Applications are especially welcome from African Americans, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, and, from Canada, aboriginal peoples and visible minorities (as defined by Canadian legislation). The award recognizes academic achievement and future promise in the study of American music.

    The Society for American Music seeks to foster a welcoming and inclusive community throughout all Society activities and among all Society members. We embrace and promote diversity of race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and religion, among other expressions.

    Required Application Materials

    Fellowship applications are due on November 1, 2017.
    • A one-page letter of application with contact information, including address, email address, and telephone number.
    • A personal statement of no more than 5 double-spaced pages that describes the applicant’s musical/academic background, interest in American music, and research plans for the fellowship period.
    • A copy of the applicant’s dissertation proposal.
    • A writing sample of no more than 30 double-spaced pages in length.
    • Three letters of reference from faculty. Letters should be sent separately to the committee chair. One letter must include the official date of achieving Ph.D. candidacy (before the application deadline) and include information about the expected level of institutional funding for the fellowship year.

  4. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue an annual call for nominations in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv, as well as the newsletters and listservs of other related societies.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission. The Chair of the committee will submit a report naming the awardee (the fellowship may not be split between multiple applicants) and explaining the committee's justification for making the award, along with a copy of the winning proposal (applicant’s letter, statement, proposal, and writing sample), to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the Spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. Once the winner has accepted the award, recognizing the terms of the fellowship, the Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner. A public announcement will be made at the Spring conference.

  5. Guidelines for selection

    The fellowship is intended to diversify the field of scholars working on American music. It is awarded to an outstanding Ph.D. candidate at a U.S. or Canadian university who is a member of a historically underrepresented group in the field. Applications are especially welcome from African Americans, Native Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans, and, from Canada, aboriginal peoples and visible minorities (as defined by Canadian legislation). The award recognizes academic achievement and future promise in the study of American music. The Society embraces and promotes diversity of race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, and religion, among other expressions.
  1. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference. The check will be sent to the awardee at the start of the award period. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner's name and proposed project title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

  2. Long-term Plans for Fellowship Program

    The fellowship donors, Robert Walser and Susan McClary, intend to support this fellowship initially at its current level (one semester-long fellowship of $11K annually). Once their gift pledge is complete, this fellowship program will support 2 annual diversity fellowships (each award set at $22K annually). Because the definition of diversity within the field of American music studies may change over time, the SAM Board of Directors will periodically revisit the guidelines of this fellowship program to support an appropriate pool of students from underrepresented groups.

Mark Tucker Award Committee

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  1. Charge

    The Mark Tucker Award committee administers the award for outstanding student paper presented at the society’s annual conference.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role.  It is advantageous to have a previous winner (who is no longer a student) on the committee.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue a call in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv.  Students who will be reading individual papers or presenting a poster at the annual conference are eligible for the award.  Those who wish to be considered for the award should submit his or her paper (or, for a poster, the equivalent of a 20-minute paper) and accompanying audio-visual material to the award committee chair.  The deadline for submissions is January 15, in advance of the annual meeting.  Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The committee chair will submit the Committee’s choice for the award (explaining the committee’s rationale in the context of a formal committee report) to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards no later than 2 weeks (14 calendar days) prior to the first day of the annual conference.  Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The award is designed to recognize the outstanding student paper presented at the annual conference. Students who will be reading individual papers or presenting a poster are eligible for the Mark Tucker Award. Seminar papers are not eligible for the Tucker Award.

    The award shall be given only to a single winner. No dividing of the prize is allowed. The committee may, if they desire, designate one paper for honorable mention, which will be announced at the annual business meeting.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference and the president will present a certificate to the winner.  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person. The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and paper title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.


Cambridge University Press Award Committee

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  1. Charge

    The Cambridge University Press Award committee administers the award for outstanding paper by an international scholar presented at the annual meeting.
      
  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner on the committee. Membership on the committee should not include mostly non-U.S. citizens, as that reduces the number of qualified submissions.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue a call in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv.  Society members who are international scholars and will be reading individual papers or presenting a poster are eligible for the Cambridge University Press Award.  The award is not designed for students (who should instead apply for the Mark Tucker Award).  A presenter wishing to be considered for the award must submit his or her paper (or, for a poster, the equivalent of a 20-minute paper) and accompanying audio-visual material to the award committee chair. Complete application information is available on the SAM website. The deadline for submissions is three weeks (21 calendar days) in advance of the first day of the annual conference.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The committee chair will submit the Committee’s choice for the award (explaining the committee’s rationale in the context of a formal committee report) to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards no later than 2 weeks (14 calendar days) prior to the first day of the annual conference.  Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The award is designed to recognize the outstanding paper by an international scholar presented at the annual meeting.  "International Scholars" are defined as presenters who hold an institutional affiliation and/or principal residence outside the United States.

    The award shall be given only to a single winner. No dividing of the prize is allowed. The committee may, if they desire, designate one paper for honorable mention, which will be announced at the annual business meeting.

  5. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient of the award at the annual conference, and the president will present the winner with a gift certificate to be redeemed for books from the Cambridge University Press catalog. Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person.  The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the award-winner’s name and paper title published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.

 


H. Earle Johnson Book Publication Subvention Committee

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  1. Charge

    The H. Earle Johnson Book Publication Subvention Committee will make recommendations to the Board regarding financial assistance to facilitate the publication of significant books on American music.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role. It is advantageous to have a previous winner of the fellowship on the committee.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue a call for applications in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv. Applications should be submitted by November 1 to the H. Earle Johnson Book Publication Subvention Committee. The maximum award is $2,500; smaller requests are invited and encouraged. The committee may award up to a combined total of $5,000 in subventions. Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  Application materials include an outline of proposed publication, brief curriculum vita, a statement detailing publication plans, a detailed financial statement, and a sample chapter or excerpt. Only works, including collections of essays by contributing authors, whose author or editor is a member in good standing of the Society are eligible to receive a subvention.

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report regarding the proposed recipient(s) of the award(s) to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winner(s) in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    Only completed original manuscripts authored and submitted by members of the Society, already accepted for publication and scheduled to appear within twelve (12) months of the announcement of the year's award, are eligible for consideration. Requests for subventions must come from the publisher with a statement indicating the impact of the subvention on the eventual price of the book or the costs borne by the author, and a list of other subvention awards to which the publisher or author is making application. Publishers should indicate that they have received final permission from all contributors prior to submission of the proposal.

    The Committee is not obligated to make an award in a given year if it determines that there are insufficient qualifying proposals. The Committee is also not obligated to use the entire sum of $5,000 on subventions. Monies not used in an award cycle will be returned to the treasury and become part of the general fund. Unused monies do not accumulate from year to year.

    There is no restriction on the number of awards the Committee may make, so long as the combined total does not exceed the $5,000 limit; however, awards will tend to reflect the high costs associated with publishing.

  5. Requirements

    An appropriate credit line should appear on the copyright page with the following wording: “Publication of this book was supported in part by a grant from the H. Earle Johnson Fund of the Society for American Music.” A copy of each supported work is to be deposited in the Society's archives together with published reviews.

  6. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient(s) of the award(s) at the annual conference. 

    Once the subvention awards are approved and announced, the Executive Director sends a letter and an award check to the editor of the press of publication, or where appropriate, the author or other designated person. The letter should give the required credit line and the address to which the archive copy is to be sent.

    The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the names of the award-winners and book titles published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.



Sight and Sound Subvention Committee

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  1. Charge

    The Sight and Sound Committee will make recommendations to the Board 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. In all cases, these materials should be available through a commercial source, not on the applicant's personal pages, and the Board must approve committee recommendations for the expenditure of funds.

  2. Membership

    The President designates a chair and two members. All committee members will serve for four years, staggered to ensure continuity. Two committee members will rotate into serving as chair for a two-year term; the third committee member will serve in a non-rotating role.  It is advantageous to have a member with experience in audio-visual projects.

  3. Procedures

    Working in conjunction with the Public Relations Committee, the committee will issue a call for applications in the Bulletin and on the Society's listserv. Applications to the Sight and Sound Subvention Committee may be made by performers, editors, or producers who are members of the Society. Applications should be submitted by November 1. The maximum award is $750. Complete application procedures are posted on the SAM website.  Application materials include a description of the project and its contribution to American music, a brief statement about publication and/or distribution plans, a detailed financial statement, and a brief curriculum vita or resume

    The Chair of the committee should acknowledge receipt of each submission and thank applicants for their participation.

    The Chair of the committee will submit a report regarding the proposed recipient(s) of the award(s) to the President and the Board Liaison for Honors and Awards by January 15, prior to the spring conference. Once the Board has ratified the committee's selection, the President shall notify the winners in writing, copying the committee chair on the correspondence. The Chair of the committee will then notify the other candidates, and also send a congratulatory note to the winner.

  4. Guidelines for selection

    The Society may endorse research projects, manuscripts, and other programs that further the mission of the Society. Endorsement attaches the Society's name to the program, project, or manuscript, as a stamp of approval.

    Only completed non-print publications or projects under contract and ready to be produced by members of the Society will be eligible for support. Before application for a subvention can be made, a producer must have agreed to issue the work. All projects must help further the Society's mission and goals.

    Awards may be made up to but not over the collective amount of $750.

    The Committee will make its recommendations to the Board. Each recommendation for funding should include the performer's (editor's, producer's) full name and address, full title of work, name, Social Security number, and acquiring producer's (or other appropriate) name and address (fax, email) to which the subvention letter will be sent.

  5. Requirements

    Projects receiving funding must agree to credit assistance from the Society, unless the Board approves other arrangements. A credit line should appear on the project's copyright with the following wording: “This project was supported in part by a grant from the Sight & Sound Subvention Fund of the Society for American Music.” Any website supported should be linked to the Society's webpage.

  6. Public announcement and notifications

    The Chair of the committee (or a designate if unable to attend) will announce the recipient(s) of the award(s) at the annual conference.  Although attendance is not mandatory, the award recipient should be encouraged by the Chair to attend the annual meeting (at his/her expense) to receive the award in person.

    Once the subvention awards are approved and announced, the Executive Director sends a letter and an award check.  The Board Liaison for Honors and Awards will arrange to have the names of the award-winners and projects published in the Bulletin and on the Society's website.
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