Call for Papers
SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize

The SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize of $2500 will be awarded for the best paper in French or English presented by a graduate student at the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society. The 2011 CUMS conference will be held at Mount Allison University, Department of Music, Sackville, N. B., June 2–5, 2011. All student presenters are eligible for partial reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses, in accordance with CUMS guidelines (receipts are required).

The prize-winning paper will represent original research in any recognized branch of musical scholarship and may be presented in either official language. The jury reserves the right to withhold the award if, in its judgment, there are no suitable submissions.


The competition is open to anyone who, at the time of submission of the abstract, is registered in a graduate degree program, does not yet hold a doctorate, does not hold a full-time teaching position, and is a member of CUMS (paid-up membership for the 2011 membership year, which is $35 for students). Previous winners of the George Proctor Prize are ineligible to compete. A paper also submitted to the 2011 SOCAN Foundation/CUMS Awards for Writings on Canadian Music is eligible to compete in the semi-final round of the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize, provided the author has previously fulfilled all the conditions for conference proposal submission and the paper has been accepted to be read at the conference.

For all other conditions of proposal submission and conference participation, please refer to the “Call for Papers,” available at <>. The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, December 17, 2010. Submission of an abstract denotes willingness and ability to attend the 2011 conference.

Students whose proposals are accepted for the conference will be informed by February 11, 2011. In addition to complying with all subsequent deadlines for other presenters, including the requirement for submission of an abridged abstract (250 words) and biography (150 words maximum) no later than March 25, 2011, students who wish to compete for the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize (semi-final round) must submit, by Friday, April 22, 2011, an electronic copy of their paper (with the scholarly apparatus), and of any handout, exactly as they will be presented at the conference. Attached files to submission e-mails may not exceed 1 Mb in size. A preliminary jury will select the finalists (normally up to four), from which a winner will be chosen at the conference. In determining the winner, the final jury will consider the presentation and the ability to handle questions from the audience, as well as the quality of the paper. The preliminary and final juries will be formed after all SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize submissions are received, to ensure that all jurors are at arm’s length from the applicants.

Dr. George Proctor (1931–85) was a pioneering bibliographer of information concerning music in Canada and a scholar of Canadian music. His fields of expertise included old-time fiddle music, the scope of twentieth-century Canadian music, and trends in contemporary Canadian music. In the course of his career, he held positions in music departments in Canadian universities at both ends of the nation—McMaster, British Columbia, Western Ontario, and Mount Allison—as well as with the National Museum of Canada and the Eastman School of Music. Among his publications are Canadian Music of the Twentieth Century (Toronto: 1980) and articles for the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and The New Grove Dictionary.   Source: EMC, 2d ed., s.v. “Proctor, George”.

Administration for, and partial funding of, the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize are by the Canadian University Music Society. The Society gratefully acknowledges the generous, additional funding of this Prize by the SOCAN Foundation.



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