In September 2011 the Society for Ethnomusicology launched its Sound Future Campaign as a concerted effort to increase the impact of our field in both academic institutions and the public sphere. Thanks to the generosity of more than 300 SEM members and friends, we have raised over $375,000! The many gifts received, ranging in size from $4 to $15,000, constitute a major investment in the long-term future of the Society and its work.
SEM deeply appreciates the generosity of its membership and supporters over the past four years. Special thanks also to the Sound Future Campaign Committee: Honorary Chair Bruno Nettl; Campaign Co-Chairs Gage Averill, Harris M. Berger, Beverley Diamond, and Anne K. Rasmussen; and Committee Members Judith Becker, Philip Bohlman, Robert Garfias, Ellen Koskoff, Portia Maultsby, Ingrid Monson, Daniel Neuman, Thomas Porcello, Timothy Rice, Kay Shelemay, Ruth Stone, Bonnie Wade, Christopher Waterman, and Deborah Wong.
At present, Sound Future Campaign donations are being used to support a variety of SEM initiatives, such as the 21st Century Fellowship, Annual Meeting travel awards, diversity action programs, K-12 education programs, public policy forums, and publications such as Ethnomusicology Translations. SEM has been able to develop these projects through investing and spending Sound Future monies.
During 2016 the Society will begin work on a new strategic plan to identify current challenges and opportunities in ethnomusicology, our priorities for action, and the resources necessary for moving forward in the upcoming years.
In the meantime, we continue to welcome Sound Future donations! Donations can be made easily online here or in the Membership area of the SEM website.
Thank you for participating in SEM’s ongoing work to build a sound future for ethnomusicology!