Carol June Bradley Award Application

The Carol June Bradley Award for Historical Research in Music Librarianship was created by the Music Library Association in 2003 through the generous financial support of its namesake. Since Ms. Bradley’s death in 2009, MLA has continued to fund the award in her honor. The award exists to support research in music, music bibliography and music librarianship.

Preference will be given to projects that are in the latter stage of the research process.

If an award is offered, applicants must be MLA members in good standing in order to accept.

An award of up to $1,000 is available for 2021. Applications are being accepted until August 28, 2020 for the 2021 Bradley Award.

Applicants should be prepared to submit the following with their initial application:

  • A summary of the project including a statement about its significance, progress made thus far, future plans, and details about how requested funds will be used
  • A detailed total budget, specifying the amount of funding requested from MLA (up to the award maximum) and its purpose. Indicate any other sources of funding you may have already secured.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation written by two different people—
    1. One letter recommending the project
    2. One letter recommending the researcher (yourself)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for two additional references (in addition to the letters provided)

Additional documentation may be requested by the committee.

Successful award recipients may be asked to provide a concise description of their project suitable for publicity purposes.

Applications may be submitted via the MLA website using the form provided at. Here you will also find more information including eligible expenses and sample applications and budgets

Recipients will be notified in advance of the registration deadline for the MLA 2020 meeting. If you have any questions about the award or applicant eligibility, please ask any member of the committee.

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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.