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Bess Lomax Hawes Award in Applied Ethnomusicology
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Purpose: To recognize student papers or projects that advance the understanding and scope of applied ethnomusicology and the goal of connecting ethnomusicology to pursuits outside the academy, as well as to encourage student contributions to the field.

Eligibility: Any student member of SEM and the Applied Ethnomusicology Section in good standing who presents a paper or project at the SEM annual meeting. Students are defined as "a person pursuing an active course of studies in a degree program. This will include persons who are engaged in writing the doctoral dissertation but not those who are teaching full-time while doing so.” (definition as noted in the PMS/SEM Lise Waxer Student Paper Prize) Eligible projects must be presented at the current year’s SEM conference.  The presentation may take the form of a paper on a panel, a poster-session, a component of a roundtable panel or a video/film screening.  The project may be ongoing or completed within one year of the annual SEM meeting.  Students need not be the sole architect or participant in the project, but must have played significant roles in the planning and execution-to the extent that he/she can claim "authorship” of the project.Eligible papers must be written no earlier than one year prior to the prize application deadline and must be presented at the current year’s SEM conference.  Papers and projects should address issues/concerns explicitly connected to applied or public-sector ethnomusicological practice (including engaged and/or advocacy oriented topics), but need not be part of an Applied Ethnomusicology Section-sponsored panel.

Prize: Two cash prizes of $100: one for "best paper” and one for "best project.”

Regularity: Annually.

Administration: The Applied Ethnomusicology Prize Committee will be made up of three appointed members of the Applied Ethnomusicology Section including one of the Section co-chairs.  Each member of the prize committee will review and as needed assign outside specialists to review the entries.  Papers and projects will be judged on how they address issues and concerns explicitly connected to applied or public sector ethnomusicological practices, (including engaged and/or advocacy-oriented topics).  The review criteria will include the following:

1.            The effectiveness or impact of the ethnomusicologist's activity in advancing the understanding and scope of applied ethnomusicology, including:

             how the activity promotes communication and thinking among participants

             how the activity empowers musical communities

             how the activity advances learning through and about music

             the sustainability of the project

             how the activity includes potential for long-term impact

             how the activity reaches new audiences

             how the activity engages artists

2. The quality and clarity of the presentation

             The subject of a paper or project’s connection to applied ethnomusicology

The prizes will be awarded before the following year’s meeting and announced at the following year’s annual conference during the Applied Ethnomusicology Section business meeting.

Application Process: To apply for the Bess Lomax Hawes Award in Applied Ethnomusicology, candidates must submit 3 copies of his/her paper or project materials as well as a written statement of 500 words or less that articulates the student’s vision for how the paper or project intersects with applied and/or public sector ethnomusicology. Written statements must accompany a prize registration form, which can be found on the Applied Ethnomusicology website (www.appliedethnomusicology.org) or can be obtained by request from the Section co-chairs.  The 3 copies and the written statement will be submitted to the prize committee chair or identified representative at the Applied Ethnomusicology Section business meeting at the annual SEM conference.For paper submissions, candidates must provide 3 copies of his/ her paper and a/v materials from the paper presentation. The paper deposited is to be the version that is read at the conference and may not exceed twelve double-spaced pages (roughly 3,900 words). For project submissions, candidates must provide 3 copies of documentary materials (DVD videos, audio recordings, brochures, reduced-scale poster session images, print-outs of Power Point slides, etc.) that are used in the presentation or are related to the project’s media documentation. 

Application Deadline: End of the Applied Ethnomusicology Section business meeting at the annual SEM conference.

Applied Ethnomusicology Section Yahoo Group: https://beta.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/appliedethno/info

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