News & Announcements

§ Richard Crawford 80th Birthday Wishes

Richard CrawfordFounding member Richard Crawford turns 80 on May 12, 2015, and the SAM Development Committee invites members to mark this milestone with a donation of $80 or $800 gift to the Richard Crawford Fund. 

This fund seeks to recognize Rich’s ground-breaking career, his influential publications on American music, his shaping of the discipline for over forty years, and his service as founding Editor-in-Chief of Music of the United States (MUSA), a pioneering series of scholarly editions. As of May 2015, twenty-five of the projected forty MUSA volumes have been published.  In addition to his landmark publications on figures as diverse as Andrew Law, William Billings, and George Gershwin, Rich has played a key role in shaping how today’s scholars treat the importance of musical performance, the role of musical institutions, and the impact of economic forces on the development of America’s musical life.

When fully endowed, the Richard Crawford Fund will create an annual fellowship to support research by editors of volumes in the MUSA series. Please join us in wishing Rich a very Happy 80th Birthday by helping to complete this fund in his honor!

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§ 42nd Annual Conference – Call For Submissions

Boston, MA
9-13 March 2016

The revised call for submissions for our 2016 Boston conference now includes THREE seminar topics.  Thanks to the program committee for noticing an error in the submission process for seminar topics (a technological issue involving email filters that has been corrected for future conferences).  The following THREE seminar topics have been approved for the Boston conference:

Music, American Animation, and Society
Women Composers of American Art Music: Boston and Beyond
Music for Silent Film

Please help us by forwarding this revised call for submissions to your friends and colleagues.

The Society for American Music invites proposals for (a) individual papers, (b) organized panels of 3-4 papers, (c) lecture-recitals, (d) written papers related to the three seminar topics, (e) scholarly posters, and (f) interest groups for its 41st Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts to be held 9-13 March 2016. All proposals must be submitted via the SAM web site by 11:59 pm PDT 1 June 2015.

We welcome proposals involving all facets of musical life throughout the Americas, and about American music and aspects of its cultures anywhere in the world. We especially welcome those submissions that emphasize the cultural diversity in Boston/New England which has vibrant Irish, Latin, Caribbean, jazz, gospel, and Native American scenes in addition to rich classical and folk music traditions. We would also be interested in receiving any proposals related to the wide-ranging musical activities of our newest honorary member, Terri Lyne Carrington.

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§ Terri Lyne Carrington Named SAM Honorary Member for 2016

The Society for American Music is delighted to announce that Terri Lyne Carrington (drummer, composer, producer, media entrepreneur) will be our Honorary Member at the 42nd annual meeting to be held in Boston in 2016.

Terri Lyne Carrington
Terri Lyne Carrington
2016 Honorary Member

Terri Lyne Carrington’s career spans nearly forty years, having begun while a child prodigy in a jazz family in the Boston area. Her drum studies began at age 7, her first professional job as a jazz drummer came at age 10, and at age 11 she received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music (where she holds an honorary doctorate and has recently become a professor). Though the “played-with” list of jazz giants continued through her childhood, she quickly became recognized as a first-tier session and touring drummer, especially through her work with genre-bending jazz and fusion artists including Wayne Shorter and David Sanborn, and a long association with Herbie Hancock—she was a member of all three of Hancock’s touring bands (acoustic and electric) from 1997 to 2007. In the late 1980s, she was the house drummer on the Arsenio Hall Show, while also shifting her focus to writing and producing for both her own projects and those of other artists (including Diane Reeves). Her recent work as a musician-producer has tended toward large-scale cross-genre, cross-generational collaborations. She received a 2011 Grammy for Jazz Vocal for her Mosaic Project (2011), a collaboration of women music artists. In 2013 she became the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental album for Money Jungle: Provocation in Blue. A local treasure, Carrington was born in Medford, MA, studied and now teaches at Berklee, and is Artistic Director of Boston’s Beantown Jazz Festival. More extensive information on her musical activities can be found at

§ 2015 Society for American Music Conference

Olly Wilson

Olly Wilson (l), with wife Eloise, after being presented with the 2015 Honorary Membership Award.

Josephine Wright

Josephine Wright (l), winner of the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, with Judy Tsou and Judith Tick.

Dan Blim

Dan Blim (c), winner of the 2015 Housewright Dissertation Award, with Gwynne Kuhner Brown and Judy Tsou.
All photos by Michael Broyles

The Society for American Music is pleased to announce the 2015 winners of the following awards and subventions. Congratulations!




§ Hats Off Recognition Program Announced

The Society for American Music is pleased to announce the arrival of the Hats Off program! Hats Off is designed to celebrate individuals or groups doing exceptional work within their local community that intersects with some aspect of American Music. Do you know of someone in your community who should be recognized? Send in a submission! See our Hats Off page for more info!

§ 2015 Election Results

The 2015 election produced the following results:

§ SAM/2.0 Campaign

SAM 2.0 thumb"Promoting New Scholarship in Music of the Americas" – Despite the richness of American music scholarship today, challenges remain: to secure adequate support for research, sufficient publication subventions, and an endowment. To address these challenges, we are launching our first major campaign: SAM/2.0!

A multi-year pledge drive through the annual meeting in 2016, the SAM/2.0 Campaign will enhance the Society’s ability to fund, promote, and reward new scholarship in American music. Your donation, pledge, or bequest will help us to promote new scholarship in music of the Americas and ensure the financial stability of the Society!

Visit for more information and to fill out your pledge card. Every donation matters!

Give a JSAM Gift Subscription

The Society for American Music is pleased to announce that it is now possible for you to share the in-depth and quality research presented in each issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music with family and friends. Gift subscriptions are only $50.00 per year! These are only available to current members of SAM and can be renewed annually. We'll even send the recipient a card letting them know about your gift! Simply complete the JSAM Gift Subscription Form and mail or fax it back to us.

Our Mission

The mission of the Society for American Music is to stimulate the appreciation, performance, creation and study of American musics of all eras and in all their diversity, including the full range of activities and institutions associated with these musics throughout the world.

Oscar Sonneck (1873-1928)
Oscar SonneckThe Society for American Music was founded in honor of and originally named for the first critical scholar and bibliographer of American Music, Oscar G. T. Sonneck.

The Sonneck Circle was established in 2003 to honor the memory of Oscar Sonneck, and offers its members additional benefits. To see a list of contributors and read more about the Sonneck Circle click here.