Become a SAM Sustainer!
As a SAM Sustainer you pledge a monthly recurring donation that helps us:
- keep our membership and conference fees affordable
- support diversity initiatives
- support members in financial need
- cover increasing administrative costs
All so we can:
- advance excellent research in music of the Americas
We also welcome one-time contributions of any amount. Your support of the following funds will make the most impact for the Society:
- Sustaining Donor Fund
- American Antiquarian Society/SAM Research Fellowship
- Latinx & Latin American Music Fellowship
- Student Travel Fund
The Society for American Music is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity. We thank all of our donors for your support!
Make a quick and easy secure donation online, or send a check to our office:
Society for American Music
Post Office Box 99534
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Your recurring monthly pledge supports the day-to-day operations of the Society, including the executive director’s salary, website maintenance, and administration of SAM’s many fellowships and awards.
One-time Donation to SAM’s General Operating Fund » Donate Online
If you are unable to make a monthly commitment, we welcome single donations to support the day-to-day operations of the Society.
This fund supports the day-to-day operations of the Society, including the executive director’s salary, website maintenance, and administration of SAM’s many fellowships and awards.
Kate van Winkle Keller Fund » Donate Online
Established by an endowment from Kate's family and friends and by the Society for American Music (SAM), of which Kate was a founding member and its first Executive Director, the fund supports scholars at all levels (graduate student to senior scholar) engaged in scholarly research and writing on American music or dance, which must be appropriate to research collections at the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). SAM has committed to raising $10,000 for this fund.
Latinx & Latin American Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
Upon completion, this fellowship created in honor of Robert Stevenson will support research on any area of of Latin music. Anyone will be eligible (membership required upon acceptance).
Student Travel Endowment Fund » Donate Online
Through the Student Travel Endowment, students may receive financial assistance that will help defray the cost of attending the national conference of the Society for American Music.
Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This fellowship, endowed in honor of Adrienne Fried Block, shall be given to support scholarly research leading to publication on topics that illuminate musical life in large urban communities. 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.
Paul Charosh Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
Paul Charosh is a retired member of both the Sociology and Computer Science Departments of Brooklyn College (CUNY) with a scholarly interest in the social history of American music. Though he does not possess formal music-related credentials, his articles have appeared in American Music and other scholarly publications. This award seeks to encourage others to do independent work as music scholars, even if their formal training and careers may have evolved elsewhere.
Edward T. Cone Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
The Fellowship recognizes Edward T. Cone's contributions to American music as a composer, musicologist, and theorist. 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.
Richard Crawford Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This Fellowship honors Richard Crawford, the innovative and widely influential historian of American music, two-time winner of the society’s Lowens Book Award, recipient of the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and founding editor-in-chief of Music of the United States of America (MUSA) – a series of scholarly editions representing the full range of genres and idioms in American music. This fellowship supports research conducted by contracted MUSA volume editors.
John & Roberta Graziano Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This fellowship, endowed by John and Roberta Graziano, 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.
Charles Hamm Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This fellowship honors Charles Hamm and his profound contributions to the study of American music and popular music. This fellowship is given annually to support a one-week research residency at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives facility on
Hampsong Education Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
The Hampsong Education Fellowship in American Song is awarded competitively to educators 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.
Wiley Housewright Award Fund » Donate Online
The Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award is designed to recognize a single dissertation on American music for its exceptional depth, clarity, significance, and overall contribution to the field.
H. Earle Johnson Subvention Fund » Donate Online
H. Earle Johnson, pioneer scholar of music in America, was a founding member, former Vice President, and first Chairman of the Publications Committee of the Sonneck Society (now the Society for American Music). The H. Earle Johnson Book Publication Subvention Award of the Society for American Music is intended to support the costs of the publication of significant books on American music.
Irving Lowens Award Fund » Donate Online
Irving Lowens' research and writing in American music not only form a cornerstone for American music history, but also are largely responsible for making the study of American music a respected and thriving area in musicology today. The Irving Lowens Article and Book Awards commemorate this remarkable man and his contributions to the study of American music.
Judith McCulloh Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This fellowship honors the achievements of Judith McCulloh as a scholar, folklorist, editor, and folk arts advocate. She created and championed the "Music in American Life" series renowned for its wide embrace of popular, folk, and concert musics and the "Folklore in Society" series during her prolific tenure at the University of Illinois Press. This fellowship is given annually to support research on a folk-based music culture of the Americas.
Anne Dhu McLucas Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This fellowship recognizes Anne Dhu McLucas's contributions to American music studies and her selfless service to the Society, including her tenure as President. The fellowship honors Prof. McLucas's primary areas of scholarly interest by providing support to a graduate student conducting research (archival or fieldwork) on traditional music (music in the oral tradition) or Native American/First Nation music.
Wayne Shirley Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This fellowship honors the career of Wayne Shirley, who spent thirty-seven years as a reference librarian and then music specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress, during which time he assisted and mentored generations of scholars. He is also a renowned music editor. The fellowship is given annually to support a short-term research residency at the Library of Congress on any topic relating to musics of the Americas.
Sight & Sound Subvention Fund » Donate Online
The Sight and Sound Subvention Committee will consider applications regarding financial assistance to facilitate the publication of non-print material concerning American music. Such material may include film, DVD, CD and other audio/visual formats, radio programs, website development, or other projects that further the Society's mission and goals. These materials should be available through a commercial source, not on the applicant's personal pages.
Eileen Southern Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
This Fellowship honors Eileen Southern, the pioneering historian of African-American music, whose book Music of Black Americans: A History (1971) and journal The Black Perspective in Music, which she edited with her husband Joseph Southern, helped to ground and propel the study of black music history. 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.
Virgil Thomson Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
The Virgil Thomson 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 music on stage and screen, including opera.
Judith Tick Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
Judith Tick, Matthews Distinguished University Professor of Music History at Northeastern University, has been a leading figure in American music scholarship for several decades, having made major contributions through her books, articles, and public presentations, as well as through teaching and outstanding service to the field of musicology. This fellowship shall be given to support scholarly research leading to publication on musical topics involving Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Mark Tucker, Vice President of the Society at the time of his death in December 2000, is known to most SAM members as a leading jazz scholar. Recognizing his gift for nurturing and inspiring his own students and the high value he placed on skillful and communicative scholarly writing, the Board of the Society for American Music established the Mark Tucker Award, presented at the annual SAM conference to a student who has written an outstanding paper for delivery at that conference.
Walser-McClary Fellowship Fund » Donate Online
Intended to diversify the field of scholars working on American music, the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship 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.
This fund provides support for membership dues payment.