Guidelines for Proposals

On this page, you will find general guidelines for how to submit a proposal for an AMS Midwest Chapter meeting. Proposals for presentations, special sessions, papers with a performance component, and panel discussions are welcomed on any topic related to musicology. Presentations will be limited to twenty minutes, with an additional ten minutes allotted for questions, discussion, and set-up of computer and audio equipment.

Our next meeting will be held on Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, 2016, at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Abstracts are due August 5, and notification of acceptance will be sent via email during the week of August 29. For more information about the fall 2016 meeting, please visit the meeting page.

Submission Process

Abstracts of no more than 250 words, clearly indicating the scope of the research, methodology, and conclusions will be considered. NEW! We have instituted an easy online submission process, which can be found by clicking here. After you complete the online form, you will receive a confirmation that your proposal has been received. Blind copies of all proposals will then be forwarded to the Program Committee.

You need to be a current regular or student member of the AMS-Midwest Chapter for your abstract to be considered. To join the Chapter, or to renew your membership, please visit our membership area. Submission of an abstract denotes the speaker’s willingness and availability to attend the meeting.


In addition to the abstract and other requested information, students submitting proposals must name and provide the email address for an advisor or other faculty member who can verify the student presenter’s readiness of research topic for presentation at a professional meeting.

Awards for Student Papers

Student presenters are eligible for one of two annual prizes for outstanding papers offered by Indiana University Press and A-R Editions, Inc. After your abstract has been accepted, submit an electronic copy of the complete paper to the program committee chair no later than one week prior to the meeting. Candidates may be selected from either the fall or spring Chapter meetings and announced after the spring meeting, with their names published on the Chapter’s website. The Chapter is grateful to A-R Editions, Inc. and Indiana University Press for their generous encouragement of developing scholars.

Student Travel Support

The Chapter offers limited support for travel and lodging of up to $150 each to student presenters at its fall and spring meetings. Only participants who are traveling some distance from out-of-town are eligible. In order to apply, submit the Student Travel Support form before the meeting, with copies of receipts submitted to the Chapter treasurer within one week after the meeting.

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming meeting of the AMS Midwest Chapter. Hope to see you there!