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AMS Subventions for Publications

Through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the generous contributions of many individual donors, the Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, essay collections, articles, chapters in essay collections, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media.

Subventions are granted for any topics of musicological research. The endowment supporting general musicological research was established through the generous bequests of Manfred Bukofzer, Lloyd Hibberd, Otto Kinkeldey, Dragan Plamenac, and Gustave Reese.

Four additional publication endowments support all areas of research:

Additional publication endowments dedicated to specific topics of research have been established through gifts and bequests:

Hundreds of books have received AMS Publication Subventions

Application Process:

Individuals or Scholarly Organizations, Societies, and Departments

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Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers. Examples include costs related to illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. Subventions are not given to defray costs associated with indexing. Author subventions required by publishers are not eligible for reimbursement.

Proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers are welcome. Projects that make use of newer technologies are also encouraged.

Applications for any amount up to $2,500 will receive consideration. No individual can receive a subvention more than once in a three-year period.

An application consists of:

  1. A short written abstract (6,000 characters maximum) that describes the project and its contribution to musical scholarship.
  2. A copy of the article or full and complete book draft. Please identify the date of the manuscript you submit. If submitting an application for a non-print project, submit the equivalent or consult the AMS office for guidance.
  3. A copy of a contract or letter of agreement that demonstrates final acceptance for publication and includes the clauses that stipulate the author's assumption of the expenses for which the subvention is requested.
  4. A budget (itemized list of expenses) for which the subvention would be applied.
  5. (Optional): copies of invoices or receipts to support the proposed budget. (Consolidate multiple files into one.)
  6. Copies of the readers' reports and authors' responses (with names redacted). Include the dates the reports were written. (Consolidate multiple files into one.)
  7. All awards must be claimed (with submission of receipts) within twelve months of the granting of the subvention.

Please note:

  • Subventions are awarded only for work written by members of the AMS.
  • Applications that are not complete will not be considered.

Recipients of subventions are requested to forward a copy of the final product (book, article, resource) upon publication. All awards must be claimed (with submission of receipts) within twelve months of the granting of the subvention.

Application deadlines are mid-February and mid-August each year. Next deadline: materials must be received by 15 February 2021. (If this date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the following business day). 

Applications will be considered at the regular meetings of the Publications Committee (normally twice per year, in May and at the Annual Meeting). Decisions will be announced no later than five months after each deadline. Inquiries may be directed to the AMS office.