Book Award Application Information

Lowens Book Award Competition for a book published in 2015

DEADLINE: June 1, 2016
Committee Chair: Tammy Kernodle

The Society for American Music invites scholars to submit books published in the year 2015 for consideration for the Irving Lowens Book Award. The Society annually awards this prize to the book judged as the best in the field of American music. Any book on American music with a year 2015 imprint is eligible.

We define the term “American music” in its broadest, most inclusive sense. We view it as composed of the music of all of North America (Canada, USA, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean) in its historical and contemporary styles and contexts, including art and popular cultures, ethnic groups and minorities, immigrant composers, performers, and communities, along with American music’s ramifications on cultures elsewhere in the world.

The Lowens Book Award represents one of our most prestigious honors and carries with it a monetary prize as well as a citation that will be presented at the national conference in the spring of 2015. View a list of previous award winners, from 1983 to the present.

Publishers should have five (5) copies of any books they wish to have considered sent to the selection committee (one copy mailed directly to each member listed below). Please do not send multiple copies to the Chair. Make sure that submissions include a note that the book is being submitted for the Lowens Award. Send one copy to each of these addresses:

  1. Tammy Lynn Kernodle
    109 Presser Hall
    Department of Music
    Miami University
    Oxford, OH 45056-3506

  2. Diane Pecknold
    1252 Cherokee Rd
    Louisville, KY  40204

  3. Daniel Goldmark
    2478 Queenston Road
    Cleveland Heights, OH  44118

  4. Larry Hamberlin
    130 Frances Pl.
    Bristol, VT  05443

  5. David Gramit
    8722 - 88 Avenue
    Edmonton, AB
    Canada T6C 1L6

Publishers, if you are interested in submitting your book electronically as a PDF, or for any further information about the award, please contact the committee chair.

Visit the Lowens Award page for more information about the award and a list of past winners.