Sight and Sound Subvention


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.

The maximum award is $750.


Applications may be made by performers, editors, or producers, who are members of the Society. 

Application Requirements

In addition to the application, please submit the following materials:

  • An abstract of no more than 500 words that describes the project and its contribution to American music.
  • A brief statement about publication and/or distribution plans.
  • A financial statement explaining the expenses to which the subvention would be applied.
  • A brief curriculum vita or resume.

Please DO NOT send a sample sound recording or video excerpt with your initial application.



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Projects Supported by the Sight & Sound Subvention

Year Fellow
2021 Will Robin, Sound Expertise
2019 Andrew Granade, Hearing the Pulitzers
2018 Hannah Leland, Specter, George Antheil’s later works for violin and piano by Duo Odéon (Sono Luminus)
2017 Sarah Eyerly and Mark Sciuchetti, “Mapping the Historic Soundscapes of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania”
2016 Kendra Preston Leonard, Silent Film Sound & Music Archive ( Downloadable recordings of music written for silent films
2015 Reba Wissner and Jessica Getman, “Cues and Contracts: Music and the American Television Industry.” A searchable online database housing music cue sheets of the 1950s and ‘60s.
2014 Dr. Iain Quinn, The Organ Works of Vincent Persichetti (CD)
2013 Mark Clague and Susan Key, Poets and Patriotism: A Recorded History of the Star-Spangled Banner
2012 Jamie C. Davidson, “How Ya Gonna Cross That Water?: New Orleans Second Lines as Experiential Media for the Visually Impaired”
2011 Jocelyn Arem, Caffè Lena History Project
2010 Anna Beresin, University of the Arts, “Urban American Gamestories and Songs” (Companion website to Recess Battles)
2009 Ben Harbert, Follow Me Down: The New Work of Louisiana Prison Songs (Film Project)
2008 Harmonie Ensemble/New York, Symphonic Jazz II: Gershwin Originals (CD)
2007 John Koegel, Music in German Immigrant Theater: New York City, 1840-1920 (Companion CD)
2005 Brenda M. Romero, Canciones de mis patrias (Songs of My Homelands)
2004 Gerri Gribi,, (Website Development)
2000 Farmer’s Museum, Winter’s Song: Seasonal and Holiday Favorites from Candlelight Evening
1999 Prof. Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation, A Marc Blitzstein Songbook (Companion CD)

Lauralyn Kolb, Songs of John Duke (New World Records)
1998 Cal Johnson, Chicago Renaissance Woman: Florence Price Organ Works
1997 Adrienne Fried Block, Music of William Mayer and Amy Beach
1996 Benjamin Sears and Bradford Connor, Irving Berlin Songs, 1915-1918