Purpose: To recognize the valuable impact of many types of ethnomusicological work that benefits the broader public and typically engages organizations outside academic institutions.
Eligibility: The award is given each year to one of the following: 1) an individual or organization carrying out a major public-sector project that has attained significant recognition; or 2) an individual or organization whose ongoing work contributes significantly to public understandings of ethnomusicology.
Candidates may apply on their own or be nominated by a member of SEM. Applicants/nominees may or may not be members of SEM.
Administration: The award committee is appointed by the SEM Board President. The committee reviews all submitted materials and selects an awardee in accordance with the following criteria:
- Engagement of a broad public audience in aspects of ethnomusicology.
- Overall impact on partner communities and the field of ethnomusicology.
- Impact on the specific field of public-sector ethnomusicology: development of models, methodology, visibility, advocacy.
- Quality of artistry in presentation: writing, photography, stagecraft, etc.
- Quality of scholarship.
Application/Nomination Process: Submissions should include:
- A letter of application/nomination.
- A one- or two-page biography or resume (if the candidate is an individual); or a brief history (if the candidate is an organization).
- A brief account of a project, if this is the focus of the application/nomination.
Website links may be included in any of the above documents.
The application/nomination package should be submitted electronically to the SEM Business Office through the new online application form found here.
Nomination Deadline: April 1
Center for Traditional Music and Dance. http://www.ctmd.org/