AMS Subventions for Publications

For Individuals            For Publishers

See the list of volumes that have received subventions



For Individuals or Scholarly Organizations, Societies, and Departments

Through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation, and the generous contributions of many individual donors, the Publications Committee of the American Musicological Society makes available funds to help with expenses involved in the publication of works of musical scholarship, including books, articles, special issues of journals, and works in non-print media.

Through gifts and bequests, the AMS has a number of publication endowments dedicated to specific topics of research:

Two additional publication endowments support all areas of research:

Additional publication endowments were established through the generous bequests of Manfred Bukofzer, Lloyd Hibberd, Otto Kinkeldey, Dragan Plamenac, and Gustave Reese.

Individual authors or editors, or their sponsoring organization, society, or department, may apply for assistance to defray costs not normally covered by publishers, such as illustrations, musical examples, facsimiles, accompanying audio or video examples, and permissions. Subventions are not given to defray costs associated with indexing. (Author subventions required by publishers are not eligible for reimbursement under the AMS program of subventions for individuals. In such cases, publishers should apply directly to the AMS under the "publishers' subventions" program.)

We encourage the submission of proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers. We welcome proposals for projects that make use of newer technologies. Festschriften, essay collections, and the like are ordinarily not recommended for subvention.

Applications for any amount up to $2,500 will receive consideration. It is anticipated that most subventions will range between $500 and $2,000.

No individual can receive a subvention more than once in a three-year period. Although authors and presses may both request subvention for the same project, as appropriate to their needs, no single project will be awarded more than $5,000 total.

An application should consist of:

  1. A completed Cover Sheet.
  2. A short written abstract (no more than 1,000 words) that describes the project and its contribution to musical scholarship.
  3. A copy of the article, or, if a book, a representative chapter.  For non-print media, something equivalent or analogous to a sample should be provided.
  4. A copy of a contract or letter of agreement from the journal editor or publisher (or analogous person) indicating final acceptance for publication and including the clauses that stipulate the author's assumption of the expenses for which the subvention is requested.
  5. A copy of the readers' reports solicited by the publisher or editor.
  6. A detailed budget and explanation of the expenses to which the subvention would be applied.  Wherever possible, expenses should be itemized.

Submit materials electronically wherever possible to [email protected] Contact the AMS for FTP instructions if files are larger than 10 mb.

Subvention recipients are requested to forward a copy of the book to the AMS upon publication.

Application deadlines are mid-February and mid-August each year. Next deadline: materials must be received by 15 February 2015 .

Applications will be considered at the regular meetings of the Publications Committee (normally twice per year, in May and at the Annual Meeting). Decisions will be announced no later than five months after each deadline. All awards must be claimed (with submission of receipts) within twelve months of the granting of the subvention.

If sending hard copy, send to:

AMS Publication Subventions
c/o American Musicological Society
6010 College Station
Brunswick ME 04011-8451

Inquiries may be directed to Robert Judd at the AMS office.



For Publishers

Through funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation, and the generous contributions of many individual donors, the AMS Publications Committee will consider a subvention up to $5,000 for the publication of original and significant research in any recognized field of musicology, in the form of a book, a monograph, or an edition. The purpose of the subvention is to bring down the price of the book.

Publisher subventions for first books by scholars in early stages of their careers are now funded through the AMS 75 PAYS Subvention program.

Festschriften, conference proceedings, essay collections, and translations will ordinarily not be recommended for subventions, but may be considered in exceptional cases. Applications for such subventions should be submitted by presses rather than by individuals.

The request for this kind of subvention must come to the Publications Committee from the publisher, not from the author.  The Publications Committee has a separate subventions policy for individual authors, in order to help them with expenses not normally carried by publishers.  (Please see those guidelines above.)  The publisher must have committed to bring out the volume before the application is made.

Although authors and presses may both request subvention for the same project, as appropriate to their needs, no single project will be awarded more than $5,000 total.

In making an application for a subvention, the publisher should send:

  1. an electronic file of the entire manuscript
  2. copies of the readers’ reports and authors’ responses
  3. a detailed financial statement, indicating:
    • a breakdown of the costs of publication, showing format, size of print run, and projected costs
    • the amount requested from the AMS as a subvention
    • the impact of the subvention on the eventual price of the book

Recipients of subventions are requested to forward a copy of the book upon publication.

Send electronic files wherever possible to [email protected] Contact the AMS for FTP instructions if files are larger than 10 mb.

If sending hard copy, send to:

AMS Publication Subventions
c/o American Musicological Society
6010 College Station
Brunswick ME 04011-8451

Application deadlines are mid-February and mid-August each year. Next deadline: materials must be received by 15 February 2015 (if this date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the following business day).  

 

See the list of volumes that have received subventions

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