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!

SMT Publication Award Nominations due April 1

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      Alyssa Barna

      Hi all,

      The nominations for SMT Publication Awards are due April 1st. It would be great to see some scholarship on popular music topics represented this year! See a message from myself and a few colleagues below:

      We are reaching out to encourage you to submit nominations by April 1 for this year’s SMT Outstanding Publication Awards. In 2018, there were only 62 nominations for 48 titles, and given that SMT members can nominate more than one work, no more than ~5% of SMT members participated in the nomination process. We especially encourage the nomination of excellent scholarship by individuals whose identities have historically been marginalized in music studies, and in the academy more broadly, including women, gender non-conforming individuals, and people of color. We also encourage nominations that reflect the numerous and rich subfields of our discipline, as well as their related journals and presses. (See the the list of past SMT award recipients for more information on the history of the awards.)

      In light of the significant influence that the Outstanding Publication Awards have on the field as well as the careers of their recipients, we ask you to please consider nominating deserving titles (“significant contributions to music theory, analysis, or history of theory”) for the 2019 awards (link to nomination page—login required; April 1 deadline). As the website states, “[e]ligibility extends to books and articles in English, published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2018” (emphasis ours; see website for more information). With your help, the awards can become more reflective of the investments of our Society as a whole, as well as more representative of our Society’s diversity in terms of membership and scholarship. If possible, please spread the word to your colleagues so they can participate!

      All best,

      Clifton Boyd, Alyssa Barna, Miriam Piilonen, in collaboration with Project Spectrum

      Twitter (#SMTnoms2019) | Nomination Page (login required)


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