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
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
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.
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.