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Judith McCulloh Public Sector Award
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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 every other 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.

Regularity: Awarded biennially (even years)

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 online form found here.

Applications/nominations will be considered during the year in which they are submitted and for two additional years.

Application/Nomination Deadline:
April 1, 2020 (extended to June 1, 2020)



Daniel Sheehy


No award


Stephen Wade


Center for Traditional Music and Dance. http://www.ctmd.org/



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