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Call for Nominations: Award for Best Essay in Popular Music Scholarship

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    Brian Wright

    Call for Nominations

    Award for Best Essay in Popular Music Scholarship

    Deadline: June 14, 2021

    The Popular Music Study Group of the American Musicological Society (AMS-PMSG) invites nominations for its fifth annual Award for the Best Essay in Popular Music Scholarship. This award recognizes the exceptional merit of a scholarly work on popular music published in a scholarly journal or within an edited collection published by an academic press. The award is not limited to members of the PMSG, but the nomination must come from either a group member in good standing or from the editor of the book/journal. We encourage self-nominations.

    The nominating person must submit a short endorsement of the work describing its significance and include the particulars of its publication: author, title, press/venue, and date. Please also include a link to and/or PDF attachment of the work. Any essay with a copyright year of 2020 is eligible for consideration.

    The deadline for nominations is June 14, 2021. Please send nominations to Chris Reali at The award will be announced at the AMS-PMSG business meeting during the 2021 AMS conference in Chicago.

    For more information on the award, including a list of previous winners, see:

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