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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

The 21st Century Fellowship 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

The Annual Meeting Travel 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 various programs to expand participation in the Society and the field of ethnomusicology by individuals from groups that have experienced discrimination. The Ric Trimillos Annual Meeting Travel Award provides up to 6 annual $800 awards, while the Deborah Wong Research & Publication Award offers an annual award of up to $2,000.

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 (ABD) 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) Conversations in Ethnomusicology and World Music (The SEM YouTube Channel).

3) The development of Career Resources in Public and Applied Ethnomusicology.

K-12 Education Programs

SEM's Education Section presents world music programs for K-12 teachers and students during Annual Meetings. The Section visits local middle schools and brings area teachers and students to the meeting.

Ethnomusicology Translations

In Fall 2015 SEM launched EthnomusicologyTranslations, 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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