Awards & Grants

The Music Library Association supports the profession through the creation of awards for achievement in music librarianship, publication and research supporting music research. We support the profession through the creation of travel grants to support growth of the profession, and a diversity recruitment scholarship to help address issues of racial and ethnic diversity among music and performing arts librarians.

Achievement Awards

MLA Citation

Recipients of MLA's citation for distinguished service to music librarianship.

A. Ralph Papakhian Special Achievement Award

An award recognizing extraordinary service to the profession of music librarianship over a relatively short period of time.


Scholarship Support

Diversity Scholarship

A scholarship opportunity for library school students from under-represented racial and ethnic minority groups.

Travel & Outreach Grants

Lenore F. Coral IAML Travel Grant

A grant to help support travel and conference fees to attend an annual IAML meeting.

Kevin Freeman Travel Grant

An annual grant to support travel and hotel expenses to attend the Music Library Association annual meeting. Recepients must be either a student, recent graduate, or a colleague new to the profession.

Neil Ratliff IAML Outreach Grant

A grant to support MLA's international outreach efforts.

Publication Awards

Vincent H. Duckles Award

An annual award for the best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music.

Richard S. Hill Award

An annual award for the best article on music librarianship or article of a music-bibliographic nature.

Eva Judd O'Meara Award

An annual award for the best review published in Notes.

Research Awards

Carol June Bradley Award for Historical Research in Music Librarianship

An annual award to support studies that involve the history of music libraries or special collections.

Dena Epstein Award for Archival and Library Research in American Music

An award made for archival and library research in American music.

Walter Gerboth Award

Awarded to an MLA member who is in the first ten years of their professional library careers, this award is to assist research-in-progress in music or music librarianship.


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About MLA

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.