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Page 16 [Section II.C.2]: [Committees—cont.] Award Committees, cont. —Awards for Articles, Books, Papers


  1. Awards for Articles, Books, Papers

    NB: No individual may receive two awards in this category in the same year. When there is a possibility that this situation may arise, the chairs of the award committees in question should consult with each other before they and their committees reach a final decision.

    1. The H. Robert Cohen/RIPM Award Committee
    2. By-Law definition: [n. a.]

      Charge: [pending]

      Guidelines: For guidelines and instructions for nominating, see https://www.amsmusicology.org/page/cohenRIPM

      Constitution: rotation of members. Three members serving three-year overlapping terms. Annual rotation of chair.

      Timetable: The deadline for nominations is 1 May each year. The chair reports the winner of the award to the President prior to the fall meeting of the Board of Directors, preferably no later than September 15. The award is officially made by the committee chair at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

      Other Concerns: The committee will consider nominations from any individual, including eligible authors, who are encouraged to nominate their own articles. The award committee may solicit the curriculum vitae of each nominee.

      The AMS office maintains a detailed "Article Award Protocols" document for committee chairs.

      Travel reimbursement: [n.a.]

    3. The Judy Tsou Critical Race Studies Award Committee
    4. By-Law definition: [n. a.]

      Charge: [pending]

      Guidelines: For guidelines and instructions for nominating, see https://www.amsmusicology.org/page/crs

      Constitution: rotation of members. Five members serving three-year overlapping terms. Annual rotation of chair.

      Timetable: The deadline for nominations is 1 May each year. The chair reports the winner of the award to the President prior to the fall meeting of the Board of Directors, preferably no later than September 15. The award is officially made by the committee chair at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

      Other Concerns: The committee will consider nominations from any individual, including eligible authors, who are encouraged to nominate their own articles. The award committee may solicit the curriculum vitae of each nominee.

      The AMS office maintains a detailed "Article Award Protocols" document for committee chairs.

      Travel reimbursement: [n.a.]

    5. The Early Music Award Committee
    6. By-Law definition: [n. a.]

      Charge: Consideration and evaluation of musicological work in the area of early music to 1550. As stated at the website, the award will be made for “a substantial, single-author work of scholarship on music before 1550. Articles, books, and scholarly editions with significant editorial commentaries are all eligible for consideration. Work published during the preceding three calendar years in any language and in any country by a scholar who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States is eligible for the award.” The award consists of a monetary prize and a certificate, which are conferred at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society by the chair of the committee.

      Guidelines: The committee agrees upon criteria for evaluation prior to beginning its work. The committee should designate one member specifically charged with observing matters of fairness and objectivity (see the Statement of Fair Practice and Representation). 

      Constitution: rotation of members. A committee of three scholars, serving overlapping three-year terms. Annual rotation of chair, who is the member in his or her third year of service.

      Timetable: Nominations and submissions (three copies) should be sent for receipt in the AMS office by May 1 via the nomination portal, where instructions for nominators are given. Materials are to be sent no later than 15 May. The committee's final decision is to be conveyed to the president of the AMS no later than 10 September.

      Other Concerns: The committee will entertain nominations from individuals, including authors, who are encouraged to nominate their own publications. The committee itself may nominate work.

      The AMS office maintains more detailed "Book Award Committee Guidelines" and "Article Award Committee Guidelines" documents for committee chairs, updated annually and sent to the committee chair early each year.

      Travel reimbursement: [n.a.]

    7. The Alfred Einstein Award Committee
    8. By-Law definition: [n. a.]

      Charge: Consideration and evaluation of musicological articles published, in any country and any language, during the preceding calendar year. The award will honor each year a musicological article of exceptional merit by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career who a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States. The award consists of a monetary prize and a certificate, which are conferred at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society by the chair of the committee.

      Guidelines: “Early stages” is generally interpreted to mean that the nominee is within ten years of receiving the PhD in a field relevant to the author’s research, or has a non-tenured academic appointment, or that the article appears among the initial items of the author’s bibliography. For additional guidelines, previous winners, and instructions for nominating, see https://www.amsmusicology.org/page/einstein

      Constitution: rotation of members. Five members serving three-year overlapping terms. Annual rotation of chair.

      Timetable: The deadline for nominations is 1 May each year. The chair reports the winner of the award to the President prior to the fall meeting of the Board of Directors, preferably no later than September 15. The award is officially made by the committee chair at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

      Other Concerns: The committee will consider nominations from any individual, including eligible authors, who are encouraged to nominate their own articles. The award committee may solicit the curriculum vitae of each nominee.

      The AMS office maintains a detailed "Article Award Protocols" document for committee chairs.

      Travel reimbursement: [n.a.]

    9. The Noah Greenberg Award Committee
    10. By-Law definition: [n. a.]

      Charge: Encouragement, consideration, and evaluation of proposals submitted by application; report to Board of committee’s nomination of awardee. The award is intended as a grant-in-aid to stimulate active cooperation between scholars and performers by recognizing and fostering outstanding contributions to historical performing practices. The award consists of a monetary prize and a certificate, which are conferred at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society by the chair of the committee.

      Guidelines: Normally, there will be a single award, but at the committee’s discretion, the award may be divided. For further details, see https://www.amsmusicology.org/page/greenberg

      Constitution: rotation of members. Three members serving three-year overlapping terms. Annual rotation of chair.

      Timetable: The call for applications, with deadline 15 August, may appear in the February issue of the AMS Newsletter (copy deadline 1 December). Publicity may also include notices with Early Music America or similar organizations. The chair reports the committee’s selection for the award to the President, prior to the fall meeting of the Board of Directors. The award is officially made by the committee chair at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

      Other Concerns: Applicants need not be members of the Society.

      Travel reimbursement: [n. a.]

    11. The Roland Jackson Award Committee
    12. By-Law definition: [n. a.]

      Charge: The award recognizes each year an article in the English language of exceptional merit in the field of music analysis by a scholar who is a member of the AMS or a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States.

      Guidelines: The award will be made according to three separate subject categories, in successive years, as follows:

      • music from 1800 to the present
      • music from 1600 to 1800
      • music before 1600.

      See www.ams-net.org/awards/jackson.php for specific annual details and nomination instructions.

      Constitution: rotation of members. Five members serving three-year overlapping terms. Annual rotation of chair.

      Timetable: The deadline for nominations is 1 May each year. The chair reports the winner of the award to the President prior to the fall meeting of the Board of Directors, preferably no later than September 15. The award is officially made by the committee chair at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation.

      Other Concerns: The committee will consider nominations from any individual, including eligible authors, who are encouraged to nominate their own articles. The award committee may solicit the curriculum vitae of each nominee.

      The AMS office maintains a detailed "Article Award Protocols" document for committee chairs.

      Travel reimbursement: [n. a.]