The Thomas Hampson Fund

Supporting Research and Publication on Classic Song

The Thomas Hampson Fund was established in 2009 in honor of the OPUS Campaign and by the AMS in recognition of Hampson's outstanding contributions to the field of music as a performer, teacher, and scholar. The fund is dedicated to fostering editions and scholarship on classic song in all its contexts (including American song, contemporary song, etc.), as well as new and innovative technologies for promoting and understanding classic song via interactive media and the Internet. The current maximum award is $1,200.

Applicants may submit proposals at any stage of their research: proposals from graduate students writing dissertations, independent scholars, and faculty will be considered. Those applying to defray expenses related to publication are encouraged to also apply for an AMS publication subvention for individuals. If the applicant is applying for both a publication subvention and Hampson Fund award, only one application need be submitted. The applicant should follow the guidelines for applying for a publication subvention, and indicate in a short note that the application is to be considered by both the publications committee and the Hampson Fund Award committee.

If the applicant is not applying for a publication subvention, the application should consist of:

1. a completed cover sheet
2. a prospectus of no more than 1,000 words, explaining the work that has been done thus far and outlining the plan of research (including travel if relevant)
3. a detailed budget and explanation of the expenses to which the award would be applied. Wherever possible, expenses should be itemized.
4. a curriculum vitae
5. two letters of recommendation

Applications must be received by 15* August 2017. Materials should be submitted electronically (via e-mail attachment, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.) to the office of the AMS. Letters of support may likewise be e-mailed ( or faxed (212-995-4022 or 877-679-7648) to the AMS office. Candidates will be notified of the committee's decision by 15 November.

Previous Winners

* NOTE: Should the deadline fall on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day following the weekend or holiday.

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