Founded in 1998, the Popular Music Interest Group is dedicated to promoting the scholarly study of popular music through methods including musical analysis and theory. Our goals include:
• Ensuring academic recognition for popular music research
• Encouraging more scholars of music theory to engage popular repertoires
• Encouraging scholars of popular music to make effective use of musical analysis and theory

On our Humanities Commons site, we rely on our members to help edit this resource — this cooperation will help continually improve the presence of popular music in our classrooms and scholarship. Many thanks!

PMIG Bylaws: Revisions and Updates

2 replies, 2 voices Last updated by Matthew Ferrandino 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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    • #72741

      Matthew Ferrandino

      One item on the business meeting agenda for the PMIG meeting in Denver this year will be updating the group’s bylaws. We would like to begin this process by soliciting changes from group members in advance of the meeting.

      The current bylaws are available to view and download from Google Drive. Interested parties should access this document, itemize any changes/revisions/amendments/additions they would like to make, then communicate those with the officers. This can be done either by (1) emailing a copy of the bylaws with your proposed changes to or (2) replying to this discussion topic with a summary of changes you would like to see take place.

      Call for updates and changes will close on October 27th. We will compile and review the proposed changes, briefly, during our session in Denver (Friday 12:30–2:00pm). We will then set up an itemized voting poll for each proposed change to be completed, online, by Novemebr 17th.

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      Megan Lavengood

      I’ll suggest new language to clarify and specify what kinds of scholarship should be considered for the Outstanding Publication Award and the Adam Krims Award, as follows (additions in bold):

      The Chair will solicit nominations for the Interest Group’s two publication awards annually. Anyone may nominate a publication for an award. An Award Committee, consisting of the PMIG chair, the previous year’s winners of each award, and a volunteer scholar appointed by the PMIG chair (if necessary), will determine the awards. Prizes for both awards will be given at the Society for Music Theory conference during the business meeting portion of the PMIG Interest Group session.

      6.1 Eligibility

      1. Publications should primarily address popular music and/or engage significantly with popular music scholarship.
      2. Any work published within three years of the application deadline is eligible.
      3. Forthcoming works are not eligible.
      4. Previous award recipients are ineligible to compete for the same award in subsequent years.
      5. The Chair forfeits their eligibility for awards during their committee tenure.

      I am open to further refinements in the language, but I am trying to allow some wiggle room with these definitions while also making it clearer what the scope of the award is.

    • #74702

      Matthew Ferrandino

      Amendments have been added as comments to the above Google Doc. We’ll go through these briefly during our Friday session in Denver. We will post a voting form for each of the seven suggested amendments following our PMIG session, which will be open until Friday November 17th.

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