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Committee on Cultural Diversity

The AMS seeks to ensure the vitality and diversity of musicology by encouraging participation by African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native-Americans, and other groups historically under-represented in the discipline. With a more inclusive representation of personal and intellectual perspectives, we consequently hope to broaden and, indeed, raise the level of intellectual discourse in the field.

To that end, the Society established the Eileen Southern Travel Fund [formerly Committee on Cultural Diversity Travel Fund] awards in 1995, administered by the Committee on Cultural Diversity, to expose selected minority undergraduates and terminal masters degree candidates to various aspects of the field at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society. These elements might include introductions to representatives of graduate programs in musicology from across the country, future colleagues and mentors, listening to paper presentations covering a broad spectrum of musicological interests, exposure to the many interest groups within the Society, and the opportunity to attend a variety of concerts.

The Committee on Cultural Diversity also launched the Alliance for Minority Participation in Musicology, a graduate fellowship consortium that is intended to increase the number of minority students who enroll in and complete graduate programs in musicology and who subsequently enter the professorate or participate otherwise in the discipline.

Eileen Southern Travel Fund Information