Project Spectrum is a coalition of graduate students and faculty members devoted to the issue of diversity in music theory, musicology, and ethnomusicology. Last year, we organized Diversifying Music Academia: Strengthening the Pipeline (31 October–1 November 2018), a symposium that explored why many people marginalized by their race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability, and/or class continue to face excessive difficulty in finishing graduate degrees, attaining gainful employment, and receiving tenure within all fields of music studies. With over 100 individuals in attendance and an enthusiastic response, we laid the groundwork for a community of scholars who seek to change the fields in urgent and necessary ways.
We hope to build on this momentum and continue the important work we began last fall by hosting receptions at the upcoming annual meetings of three major societies: the American Musicological Society (AMS), the Society for Music Theory (SMT), and the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). Tentatively titled “Project Spectrum: Conversations on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion,” each event will be 2–3 hours long and will feature guided discussions and breakout groups as well as time for networking and community building. These important conversations will help ensure the sustainability of Diversifying Music Academia and respond to the high demand among participants to continue our work following the symposium.
Space for these community-building events will be provided by the hosting society. But we need to raise money for catering and printed materials. Would you be willing to join our efforts and consider contributing $10, $25, $50, $100, $150, or $200 toward our cause? We would be very grateful for your support of our efforts to continue these critical conversations about diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in music studies and would appreciate donations in any amount. All sponsors will be listed in our program materials and on our website, unless anonymity is requested.
Whether or not you are able to contribute financially, we would welcome your participation—we look forward to greeting you and talking with you.