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How Campaign Gifts Are Being Used
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Gifts to the Sound Future Campaign are supporting SEM's goals of advancing research, publication, education, and public service in ethnomusicology. Current initiatives include:


21st Century Fellowship Fund

This Fund supports excellence in ethnomusicological research through the award of an annual Fellowship to a Ph.D. candidate for dissertation fieldwork. SEM began awarding this Fellowship at a $5,000 level in 2013. As of February 2016, we have raised over $110,000 in gifts and pledges for the Fund. Our goal is to raise $200,000, to support an annual award of $10,000.


Annual Meeting Travel Fund

This Fund provides 4 annual $1,000 awards of travel support for meeting presenters who live permanently in countries other than the U.S. and Canada. In addition, the Fund provides 2 annual $500 awards for presenters in North America whose temporary or part-time employment limits their ability to participate in the meeting.


Diversity Actions Programs

SEM operates an Annual Meeting Subvention Program and Book Subvention Program to expand participation in the Society and the field of ethnomusicology by individuals from groups that have experienced discrimination. The Annual Meeting Subvention Program provides up to 6 $750 awards each year, while the Book Subvention Program offers an annual award of up to $2,000.


Gertrude Rivers Robinson Memorial Fund

The Gertrude Rivers Robinson Memorial Fund will provide travel support to African American students and untenured faculty to attend the SEM Annual Meeting. As of February 2016, we have raised over $10,000 for this Fund. Our initial goal is to raise $50,000, to support annual travel awards totaling $2,500. Our long-term goal is to raise $100,000, to support annual travel awards totaling $5,000.


Public Ethnomusicology Initiative

SEM is currently expanding its public engagement through:

1) Special public policy sessions at the Annual Meeting on the relation of music to such issues as human rights, health, intellectual property, migration, education, and the environment.

2) A collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways for the co-production of "From the Field," a series of multimedia reports in the online Smithsonian Folkways Magazine.


K-12 Education Programs

SEM's Education Section is currently presenting world music programs for K-12 teachers and students during each Annual Meeting. The Section visits a local middle school and brings area teachers and students to the meeting.


Ethnomusicology Translations

In Fall 2015 SEM launched Ethnomusicology Translations, a peer-reviewed, open-access online serial for the publication of ethnomusicological literature translated into English. This publication aims to increase access to the global scope of recent music scholarship and advance ethnomusicology as an international field of research and communication.



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