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Ellen Koskoff Edited Volume Prize
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Purpose: The Ellen Koskoff Edited Volume Prize honors each year a book collection of ethnomusicological essays of exceptional merit edited by a scholar or scholars, one of whom must be a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Established to honor the editor of Women and Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective (University of Illinois, 1988) and Music Cultures in the United States: An Introduction (Routledge, 2005), both significant contributions to the field ethnomusicology, the Koskoff Prize acknowledges the value of the collective contributions to a volume, while recognizing the central role of the editor(s) in conceiving and shaping the whole. 

Eligibility: The edited volume (book) must have been published in the previous two years (e.g., the 2020 prize will be given to a book published in 2018 or 2019). Second editions of edited collections will be considered if first editions were not submitted for earlier consideration. No book will be considered more than once.

Regularity: Annually.

Administration: The Koskoff Prize Committee will consist of a chair, two additional members of the Society appointed by the SEM President, and the previous winner.

Application Process: Nominations, including self-nominations and nominations by presses, are made by sending four hard copies of the book to the committee Chair through the SEM Business Office. The committee may also nominate books to be considered. Applicants may submit only one title during an application cycle.

Application Deadline: April 1.

Send Application To: Chair, Ellen Koskoff Edited Volume Prize, c/o Business Office, Society for Ethnomusicology, 800 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3657.



Suzel A. Reily and Katherine Brucher. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Local Musicking (New York: Routledge, 2018).

(Honorable Mention) Tina Ramnarine. Global Perspectives on Orchestras (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).


Aaron S. Allen and Kevin Dawe. Current Directions in Ecomusicology: Music, Culture, Nature (New York: Routledge, 2016). 

(Honorable Mention) Suzel Ana Reily and Jonathan M. Dueck. The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

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