The Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music
was created in 1995 through a generous gift from Morton and Dena Epstein to the Music Library Association.
A grant may be awarded to support research in archives or libraries (both nationally and internationally) on any aspect of American music. For purposes of this award, "American music" is defined as music directly relating to or that has some direct connection with the United States of America. Past recipients and their topics may be viewed on the Dena Epstein Award page
There are no restrictions as to applicant's age, nationality, profession, or institutional affiliation. All proposals will be reviewed entirely based on merit. Awards may be presented to an individual applicant or divided among multiple applicants. At its discretion, the committee may choose not to award a grant during any particular year. Unsuccessful first-time applicants may resubmit a proposal for the same project up to two years after their initial submission. An applicant may receive only one award for any one project.
The MLA will not be giving an award in 2017. The deadline for receipt of proposals and letter of support for 2018 will be posted here in Spring 2017.