Kevin Freeman Travel Grant

Kevin FreemnaThe Kevin Freeman Travel Grant is intended to support travel and hotel expenses to attend the Music Library Association annual meeting. Grant(s) include the conference registration fee and a cash award up to $750, subject to approval of the current year’s budget by the MLA Board. The applicant must be a regular, paraprofessional, or student member of the Music Library Association and either be (1) in the first three years of their career, (2) a graduate library school student aspiring to become a music librarian, or (3) a recent graduate (within one year of degree) of a graduate program in librarianship who is seeking a professional position as a music librarian. 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.  Recipients of the Diversity Scholarship Award are strongly encouraged to apply for the Kevin Freeman Travel Grant. Awardee(s) are publicly announced each year at the MLA Annual Meeting. Calls for applications are issued in the summer.

The Kevin Freeman Fund, endowed by contributions of members of the Northern and Southern California chapters as well as colleagues and friends of Kevin’s across the country, supports the Kevin Freeman Travel Grant. Few new members of the music library profession—as was Kevin—receive adequate funding from their institutions to attend and participate in the highly-valued annual meetings of the Music Library Association, their primary professional organization. The Kevin Freeman Travel Grant enables MLA to assist its newer members by supporting and encouraging their participation in the Association's national meeting.

Kevin Freeman (1953–1993) served as Head of Music Technical Services at Stanford University. He had worked previously at the University of California at Berkeley Music Library. Kevin was Chair of the Subject Access Subcommittee of MLA's Bibliographic Control Committee and was active in the Northern California Chapter, serving as Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair. Kevin was concerned about encouraging and developing young/new talent and believed strongly in MLA and its work. He was also known in the San Francisco area as a singer in the Symphony Chorus and Choral Artists of San Francisco. In the early 1980s he was a member of the male vocal ensemble, Chanticleer. A San Francisco native, Kevin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Music in 1977. He earned an M.A. in French Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1985, and an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of California/Berkeley in 1987.

Apply here for the Kevin Freeman Travel Grant.




2020 recipients: 

Linda Bagley, Adaliz Cruz, April James; and the Diversity Scholarship awardee, Hang Nguyen.


Past recipients:




Jeannie Chen
Andrea Copland
Yuri Shimoda
Zachary Tumlin
Sarah Ward
Ellen Ogihara


Jessica Abbazio
Memory Apata
Enrique Caboverde
Abby Flanagan
Daniel Ray
Wendy Wong



Avery Boddie
Michael Crowley
Vaughan Hennen
Treshani Perera
Michelle Urberg
Emily Vickers


Joshua Dieringer
Charlotte Plank
Patrick Sifuentes
Matthew Testa
Laura Thompson
Rachel Wishkoski


Joy Doan
Kyra Folk-Farber
Robin Preiss
Elizabeth Surles

2014 Angela Pratesi
Jennifer Vaughn
Elin Williams
2013 Sarah Alexander
Kirk-Evan Billet
Jacey Kepich

2012 Sonia Archer-Capuzzo
Sofia Becerra-Licha
Victoria Chu
Stephanie Lewin-Lane
Pamela Pagels
2011 Langston Bates
Sally Bauer
Zach Coble
Carolyn Doi
Molly O'Brien
Lindy Smith

2010 Dyann S. Bishop
Matthew Ertz
Bracken Klar
Yi Hong Sim
Jennifer Ward
2009 Veronica Alzalde
Dominique Bourassa
Janet McKinney
Laurie Neuerburg

2008 Katharine Chandler
Laurie Lake
Anne Shelley
David Winjum
2007 Amanda Evans
Kristie Nelsen
Amy Pennington
Janelle West

2006 Rebecca McCallum
Terra Mobley
Cassidy R. Sugimoto
2005 Carlos Peña
Romeo Whou

2004 Amber Johnson
Lisa Lazar
Nara Newcomer
Jaroslaw Szurek
2003 Kirstin Dougan
Rachel Rogers
Stacie Traill

2002 Alicia Hansen
Michael Duffy
2001 James Alberts
Clayton Crenshaw
Melanie Zeck

2000 Daniel F. Boomhower
D.J. Hoek
Andrew Leach
G. Dale Vargason Jr.
1999 Sara Adams
Gail Culler
Elisa Paul

1998 Jennifer Veronica Dahmus
Jeff Whitson
Alicia Snee
1997 Kristina Shanton
Susannah Cleveland
Edward Eanes



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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.