The Canadian University Music Society is a non-profit organization, and a Registered Canadian Charity, run by a board of hard-working volunteers. Membership fees and conference registrations are an important source of revenue, but are rarely enough on their own to cover all aspects of administration, to maintain our support for students and scholars of music through awards and mentorship, to put on our annual conference, and to publish the journal. Members who are willing and able may wish to support MusCan’s mission by the addition of a tax-deductible donation in one of three areas:
Donations to this fund will augment membership fees and conference registration fees in supporting the regular activities of MusCan, including operations, the conference and other events, and some of the costs of publication for Intersections (under normal circumstances, see below). The importance of the conference, particularly in the early careers of Canadian scholars in all musical fields and in the furtherance of scholarship on Canadian music, cannot be overestimated, and
general funds can be used to reduce the financial burden of the conference on host institutions. Increased revenues will allow the society to respond to new opportunities and to grow.
During 2009, the Board of Directors of the Society created a research prize fund bearing the name of Mr. John Beckwith, a Canadian composer, writer, pianist, teacher, administrator, and member of the Order of Canada. A major goal of the John Beckwith Research Fund is to grow in size until the annual interest accrued can be used as an annual prize bearing the John Beckwith name. The Society will determine the prize amount, name, participant criteria, and other details once the fund has increased to a suitable size for annual distribution.
We on the MusCan board believe that Intersections is an important part of Canada’s musical profile here at home and in the world at large. For the past 35 years, the journal has been publishing insightful articles on music by leading Canadian and international scholars. The journal is rigorously peer-reviewed to the highest academic standards. It is open to a wide variety of opinions and ideas about the world of music, eschewing narrowly focussed theoretical or disciplinary frameworks in favour of a catholic range of subject matter and approaches. We are hopeful that the immense work that went into this year’s application to the SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals grant will be successful; until we hear from SSHRC, there are more issues of Intersections to produce!