Call for Performances

The AMS Performance Committee invites proposals for concerts, lecture-recitals, workshops, and other types of performances during the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society online (11-12 & 20-21 November 2021). We encourage proposals that develop a point of view, offer a programmatic focus, explore new musicological findings, or relate to the meeting's host city or region. Proposals that engage with the Society's diversity of interests and methodological approaches (including proposals that expand on the concept of "performance" itself) are especially welcome.

Freelance artists as well as performers and ensembles affiliated with colleges, universities, or conservatories are encouraged to submit proposals. Available presentation times include lunch hours and afternoons on Friday and Saturday (one-hour slots), and Thursday evening.


  • a proposed program listing repertory, performer(s), and the duration of each work;
  • a list of audio-visual and performance needs;
  • a short (100-word) biography of each participant named in the proposal;
  • for concerts, a one-page explanation of the significance of the program or manner of performance;
  • for lecture-recitals, a description (two pages maximum) explaining the significance of the program and/or manner of performance, and a summary of the lecture component, including information pertaining to the underlying research, its methodology, and conclusions;
  • for workshops or other types of performance, a description (two pages maximum) explaining the concept of the activity or event and its musicological significance or relevance; and
  • representative audio or visual materials pertaining to the program and performers (twenty minutes maximum).

An individual may not present both a paper and a separate performance event at the meeting. If an individual submits proposals to both the Program Committee and the Performance Committee, they must state at the time of submission which proposal has precedence in case both are selected. Although the AMS is unable to offer a fee to artists, modest subsidies are occasionally available for performance-related expenses.

Materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, 16 February 2021. Exceptions cannot be made to this deadline, so please plan accordingly. Receipts will be sent to those who have submitted proposals by the deadline, and the committee will communicate its decisions by mid-May 2021.

Gwyneth Bravo
Performance Committee, Chair

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