Adrienne Fried Block Fellowship


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.

No more than one award will be offered in each cycle. The amount of the award each cycle will vary depending on the interest generated by its endowment. The maximum award is $3,000.



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


Application Requirements

In addition to the application form, please provide the following materials:

  • Narrative of no more than five double-spaced pages that describes the scope of the project and the need for funding
  • One-page budget for the project



November 1


Past Fellows

Year Winners
2019 Co-winners:
Matthew Joseph, “Syncopating Segregation: Musical Cross-Pollination in Post World War II New York City”

Andre Fludd, “Indian classical music in New York City: The Birth of an Independent Ecosystem”
2018 Co-winners:
Jessica Hajek, “The Capital of Carnival: Alibabá Carnival Music and Dance in Santo Domingo and New York City as Social Enterprise and Performance Complex”

Craig Jennex, Music Culture, Liberation Politics, and the Promise of Queer Collectivity in New York City
2017 Co-winners:
Austin Richey, “Musical Expression in the African/Zimbabwean Diaspora”

Christopher J. Wells, “ ‘Feeling Every Note’: Embodiment, Community, and Precarity at Jazz 966”
2016 Lauron Kehrer, “Beyond Beyoncé: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Contemporary American Hip-Hop (ca. 2004–2014)”
2015 Davide Ceriani, “Defining Italian Cultural Identity in New York City through Opera: The Years of Mass Migration (1879–1924)”
2014 Kate Galloway, “From Cityscapes to Landscapes: Collaborations and Collisions between Natural and Built Environments in Hildegard Westerkamp’s Soundscape Compositions”
2013 Marianne Betz, “G. W. Chadwick’s The Padrone (1913) or: Opportunities and Obstacles for Opera in Boston”
2012 Carolyn Guzski, “Race at the Opera: Artists of Color at the Metropolitan, 1916–1926”
2011 Deniz Ertan, “Transit and Difference in Musical America, 1908–1923”
2010 Patrick Warfield, “Sousa’s Washington”