Kevin Freeman Travel Grant Application

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 minority group*, if applicable. Awardees of the Diversity Scholarship Award will be automatically considered for the Travel Grant. Applicants must be members of the Music Library Association and in one of the following groups: 

  • in the first three years of their career 
  • a graduate student in library school (by the time of the conference, February 22-26, 2017) 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 28, 2016. 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 28, 2016. 

Grant recipients will be notified in mid-December and announced at the MLA 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. For questions about the award, please contact the Chair of the Freeman Travel Grant Committee. 

Rebecca McCallum
Chair, Freeman Travel Grant Committee
Cataloging Librarian, Wesleyan University



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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.