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Call for Applications 2021: Walter Gerboth Award

The Gerboth and Bradley Awards Committee is now accepting applications for the 2022 Walter Gerboth Research Award. The Walter Gerboth Research Award was founded in 1984 by the Music Library Association to honor Past-President Walter Gerboth, librarian, teacher, mentor, leader in the Music Library Association, and pathmaker in music librarianship. The Walter Gerboth Award enables MLA to recognize promising work by its newer members (a group to which Walter Gerboth gave special encouragement) and new researchers, to support scholarship in music, music bibliography and librarianship, and to honor the memory of one of MLA’s most distinguished and loved members. Preference will be given to newer MLA members (within your first decade), as well as to MLA members regardless of length of service who are new to research.

An award of up to $1,100 is available for 2022. Applications are being accepted until July 31, 2021 for the 2022 Gerboth Award. If an award is offered, applicants must be MLA members in good standing in order to accept.

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 umkcedu), and Beth Fleming (befleming at okcu. edu).