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Call for Applications 2021: Carol June Bradley Award

The Gerboth and Bradley Awards Committee is now accepting applications for the 2022 Carol June Bradley Award. This award 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. There are no restrictions as to an applicant’s age, nationality, profession, or institutional affiliation. All proposals are reviewed entirely on the basis of merit. Preference will be given to projects that are in the latter stage of the research process.

An award of up to $1,100 is available for 2022. Applications are being accepted until July 31, 2021.

Applicants should 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.
  • 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

Recipients will be notified in advance of the registration deadline for the MLA 2022 meeting. If you have any questions about the award or applicant eligibility, please ask any member of the committee: Joe Clark, Chair  (jclark88 at kent. edu), Nara Newcomer (newcomern at umkc. edu), and Beth Fleming (befleming at okcu. edu).