Call for Papers

SOCAN Foundation / CUMS Awards for Writings on Canadian Music

Competition Deadline: April 15, 2013
Conference 2013 Submission Deadline: November 19, 2012

The SOCAN FOUNDATION / CUMS AWARDS FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC are two $2500 prizes intended to encourage students’ research and writing on Canadian music topics and music professors’ mentorship of students in these endeavors. One prize will be for the best English-language paper and one for the best French-language paper. Topics in Canadian music will be understood as potentially deriving from a wide range of genres, including, but not limited to, such areas as concert, folk, jazz, and popular music.

Eligibility: The competition is open to anyone who, at the time of submission of the paper, fulfills the following requirements: (i) is registered in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (whether inside or outside Canada); (ii) is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant to Canada; (iii) if a graduate student, is a member of CUMS (student membership will be $35 for 2013); (iv) does not yet hold a doctorate and does not hold a full-time teaching position.

Graduate students who plan to submit to the competition are particularly encouraged to submit a proposal to read their paper at the CUMS annual conference, which will take place at the University of Victoria, School of Music, Victoria, BC, June 6-9, 2013. The deadline for submission of proposals to the 2013 conference is November 19, 2012, five months prior to the deadline for submission of full papers to the Awards competition (see Deadline, below).

Undergraduate students who plan to submit to the competition are encouraged to become members of CUMS, and to submit—either by the November deadline prior to the competition year, or at the time of a subsequent Call for Papers—a proposal for a paper based on their submission to the competition.

Papers on Canadian music topics that have previously won the CUMS GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE are not eligible to enter the SOCAN FOUNDATION /CUMS AWARDS FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC. Any person who, while a graduate student, previously won an AWARD FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC will be ineligible to compete for another AWARD FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC but, potentially remains eligible to compete for the SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE. A paper chosen for an AWARD FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC in a given year may also be eligible for the SOCAN FOUNDATION/GEORGE PROCTOR PRIZE in the same year. Please also consult the “Official Rules for the SOCAN FOUNDATION /CUMS AWARDS FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC for further information.

Consult <> for more information concerning Canadian University Music Society membership benefits and for the “Call for Papers, Sessions and Round Tables” for the 2013 conference.

A submission to the SOCAN FOUNDATION /CUMS AWARDS FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC competition will be a written document that:

  • presents, in a formal paper of scholarly tone, an account of original research that was carried out by the student;
  • contains no more than 3000 words;
  • contains complete scholarly apparatus, including footnotes and a bibliography;
  • excludes all mention of the author’s name and the author’s university/college affiliation (even from any cover page or first-page heading);
  • is in PDF form (not more than 1 MB in size), preferably with examples and figures (if any) inserted into the running text of the document;
  • is sent as an attachment to an email message that gives, in the Subject Line, “Entry to Awards for Writings on Canadian Music” and, in the body of the message, the author’s (i) full name, (ii) full postal address, (iii) name and level of degree program, (iv) institutional affiliation and (v) email address.

Deadline and address for emailing of submissions: no later than 15 April 2013, 11:59 pm PST to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The jury to judge submissions will consist of four members of CUMS, chaired by a member of the CUMS Board. In 2013, it will be chaired by Dr. Mary Ingraham (University of Alberta). The other three members will be chosen so as to avoid conflict of interest and to represent as many different branches of music research as possible.

The winners will be announced during the CUMS conference held that year. The jury reserves the right to withhold an award if, in its judgment, there is no suitable submission.

Winning papers will be posted to the CUMS web site, in an electronic archive devoted to this purpose, and to the SOCAN FOUNDATION web site. Acceptance of a paper for posting to the archive may require a winner to make small, recommended corrections to the paper by the necessary deadline, for posting as soon as possible, or no later than early autumn of the same year.

The generous funding of the SOCAN FOUNDATION / CUMS AWARDS FOR WRITINGS ON CANADIAN MUSIC is by the SOCAN FOUNDATION.  Administration of the competition for the Awards is carried out by the CANADIAN UNIVERSITY MUSIC SOCIETY.

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