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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 and hopes to increase this amount.

Annual Meeting Travel Fund

This Fund provides 5 annual $1,000 awards to meeting presenters who live in countries other than the U.S. and Canada, 5 annual $800 awards to presenters who are students, and 4 annual $800 awards to presenters in North America whose temporary or part-time employment limits their ability to participate in the meeting.

Diversity Actions Programs

SEM operates programs to expand participation in the Society and the field of ethnomusicology by individuals from groups that have experienced discrimination. An Annual Meeting Subvention Program provides up to 6 annual $800 awards, and a Book Subvention Program offers an annual award of up to $2,000. In 2018, these awards were renamed the Ric Trimillos Annual Meeting Travel Award and the Deborah Wong Research & Publication Award.

Gertrude Rivers Robinson Annual Meeting Travel Award

The Gertrude Rivers Robinson Annual Meeting Travel Award provides support to African American and African Caribbean doctoral candidates and untenured faculty. SEM began offering this award at a $1,000 level in 2018 and hopes to increase this amount.

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, including 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 presents 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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