Applications are accepted annually for the Kevin Freeman Travel Grant. The grant, established in 1994 to honor the memory of Kevin Freeman and awarded for the first time in 1997, supports attendance of music librarians and students new to the field to the Music Library Association's annual meeting. Recipients receive gratis conference registration and a cash award of up to $750 for travel costs (transportation and accommodations at the convention hotel). At least one grant will be awarded to a first-time attendee, if applicable. At least one grant will be awarded to an individual from an underrepresented racial or ethnic minority group*, if applicable. Applicants must be members of the Music Library Association and in one of the following groups:
● in the first three years of their professional career
● a graduate student in library school (by the time of the conference, March 2 – 5, 2016) aspiring to become a music librarian, or
● a recent graduate (within one year of degree) of a graduate program in librarianship seeking a professional position as a music librarian.
*as defined by the US Labor Department’s Executive Order 11246: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino.
Previous applicants who still qualify are welcome to reapply.
To submit an application, please use this web form to provide the information requested at the bottom of the page. In addition, each application is to be accompanied by two letters of support.
The application deadline is October 30, 2015. Letters of support accompanying the application are to be emailed to the Chair of the grant committee at the email address below, and also must be received by October 30, 2015.
Grant recipients will be notified in mid-December and announced at the MLA 2016 Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. For questions about the award, please contact the Chair of the Freeman Travel Grant Committee.
Chair, Freeman Travel Grant Committee
Assistant Librarian (Music & Education), University of Saskatchewan