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Career Resources in Public and Applied Ethnomusicology
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On May 29-30, 2019, the Society for Ethnomusicology held a National Planning Conference on Careers in Public and Applied Ethnomusicology at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, in Washington, DC. Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (Folk & Traditional Arts program), the Society assembled twenty conference participants from across the country, including professors in academic ethnomusicology programs, professionals at public-sector institutions, and ethnomusicology graduate students.

The objective of the conference was to develop an action plan for strengthening career preparation in public and applied work in ethnomusicology: ethnomusicology aimed at general audiences as well ethnomusicology focused on addressing specific problems. The action plan was formulated by the conference participants, with additional input from the SEM Board, Council, and Applied Ethnomusicology Section. The Society looks forward to implementing the plan through collaboration with its members, academic programs, and other organizations.

See the below links for the action plan and initial resources. More material will be added on an ongoing basis. For more information, please contact Stephen Stuempfle, SEM Executive Director, at semexec@indiana.edu.

SEM Action Plan for Career Preparation in Public and Applied Ethnomusicology


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Bibliographies and Related Lists


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National Planning Conference on Careers in Public and Applied Ethnomusicology

Organized by the Society for Ethnomusicology at the American Folklife Center
Library of Congress, Washington, DC, May 29-30, 2019

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Peterson and Gregory Barz.


Conference Co-Coordinators: Nancy Groce, David McDonald, Stephen Stuempfle

Conference Participants:

Michael Bakan, Professor of Ethnomusicology, Florida State University. SEM Board Secretary. Co-Chair, SEM Applied Ethnomusicology Section.

Gregory Barz, Director of the School of Music and Professor of Ethnomusicology, Boston University. SEM Board President.

Maya Cunningham, PhD Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. SEM Council Member.

Carrie Danielson, PhD Student, Florida State University.

Judith Gray, Coordinator of Reference Services, American Folklife Center. SEM Board 1st Vice President.

Nancy Groce, Senior Folklife Specialist, American Folklife Center.

Adriana Helbig, Associate Professor of Music and Assistant Dean, Humanities, University of Pittsburgh.

Jesse Johnston, Senior Digital Collections Specialist, Library of Congress. SEM Council Member.

Meryl Krieger, Instructional Designer and Technologist, University of Pennsylvania.

Siv Lie, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Maryland.

Charlie Lockwood, Executive Director, Texas Folklife.

Maureen Loughran, Deputy Director, Center for Traditional Music and Dance.

David McDonald. Chair, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, and Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Indiana University Bloomington.

Selina Morales, Director, Philadelphia Folklore Project.

Anne Rasmussen, Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology, College of William & Mary. SEM Board President (2015-2017).

Dwandalyn R. Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. SEM Council Chair.

Margaret Rowley, PhD Student, Boston University.

Huib Schippers, Director/Curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. SEM Council Member.

Oliver Shao, PhD Student, Indiana University Bloomington.

Stephen Stuempfle, SEM Executive Director.

Deborah Wong, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University California, Riverside. SEM Board President (2007-2009). Past President, Board of Directors, Alliance for California Traditional Arts.


This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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