School of Music, University of Victoria

June 6-9 2013

Call for Papers

SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize

Abstract Deadline: November 19, 2012
Paper Deadline: April 15, 2013

THE SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE of $2500 is awarded annually for an outstanding paper presented in French or English, by a graduate student, at the annual conference of the CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY. The 2013 CUMS conference will be held June 6-9, 2013 at the School of Music, UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA, in Victoria, British Columbia. The prize-winning paper will demonstrate 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, and does not hold a full-time teaching position. Previous winners of the George Proctor Prize, or of the SOCAN Foundation/George Proctor Prize, are ineligible to compete. A paper also submitted to the 2013 SOCAN FOUNDATION/CUMS-SMUC 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. A paper that was submitted to the previous year’s (the 2012) SOCAN FOUNDATION/CUMS-SMUC AWARDS FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC, but neither won that prize nor was proposed to be read at the 2012 CUMS conference, may be proposed for the 2013 conference and, if accepted, may be eligible for the SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE in 2013.

Papers should not exceed 20 minutes, including illustrations, and will be followed by a 10- minute period for questions and discussion. Those wishing to propose a paper must submit by the deadline: an abstract of 250 words maximum for consideration by the programming committee, an abridged abstract (150 words), a list of A/V requests, and a biography (100 words). Materials must be sent by email, as attachments in MSWord format only. The student’s name, title of the paper, email address, university affiliation and adviser should appear in the email body but not on the abstract, as proposals will be read blind. All submissions should be made to the Program Committee Chair, Jonathan Goldman, at <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>. 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 Monday, November 19, 2012. Submission of an abstract denotes willingness and ability to attend the 2013 conference. All presenters must be members of CUMS ($35 for students) at the time of the annual meeting and must have registered for the 2013 Congress and for the CUMS conference.

Students whose proposals are accepted for the conference will be informed by February 4, 2013.  In addition to complying with all subsequent deadlines for other presenters, students who wish to compete for the SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE (semi-final round) must submit, by Monday, April 15, 2013, an electronic copy of their paper (with the scholarly apparatus), and of any hand-out, exactly as they will be presented at the conference.  Attached files to submission emails 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.  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.

Please click here for the “Official Rules for the SOCAN FOUNDATION / GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE.”