Hampsong Education Fellowship
in American Song

Supporting Scholarly Work in American Song

In Collaboration with
the Society for American Music

Hampsong Education Fellowship in American Song
Deadline: November 1

The Hampsong Education Fellowship in American Song is awarded competitively to members of The Society for American Music at any phase of their careers who wish to help students and the general public understand American history and culture through the medium of song, by developing curricular or co-curricular projects that utilize materials from the Song of America database (http://songofamerica.net) and Voices Across Time (http://www.library.pitt.edu/voicesacrosstime/), as well as other primary resources in American song.

Song of America is an online database created by the Hampsong Foundation for the purpose of understanding American culture through classic song; Voices Across Time is a resource guide created by the Society for American Music and the University of Pittsburgh Center for American Music, offering materials and strategies for using historic American songs as primary sources for studying American history and literature.

Educators in the humanities and social sciences (including but not limited to music history, English literature and poetry, American history, and American studies) are encouraged to apply. Teachers who have completed Voices Across Time training are particularly encouraged to apply for funding to develop follow-up projects that could involve performance or collaborative ventures with others. The term “educators” is meant to include K-12 teachers, home-schoolers, graduate students in education programs, college and university professors, museum specialists, performers, and others who educate special audiences and the general public about song in American history and culture.

The Fellowship (up to $1,000) may support the development of print and / or online curricular resources, performances with associated curricular resources, collaborative ventures that include non-musicians or non-music scholars and educators, lecture-recitals, illustrated performances or other innovative approaches, as long as the focus of the project is in keeping with the related goals of Voices Across Time and Song of America.

The Fellowship will be announced each December 15 for work to be undertaken during the following calendar year, with a final report due to the Society by December 31.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following electronically by November 1 via this webpage:

1. A general description of the project, not to exceed 500 words. This should describe the relationship of the research to your scholarship, teaching, and/or creative work; the intellectual rationale; the expected outcome; and the significance of the results to the study and dissemination of American music.

2. A plan of work, not to exceed 500 words. This should describe the various components of the planning and preparation of the project to be undertaken with fellowship funds and a timetable.

3. A detailed budget for all expenses requested.

4. One letter of reference from an educator who can address the quality of your work and the potential impact of your proposed project.


Previous Fellows:
2023: Jennifer Flory and Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, “Songs of Political Persuasion: Hearing Music on the US Presidential Campaign Trail, 1840–1918”
2022: Peter Fielding, “Sankofa Songs: African Nova Scotian Songs from the Collection of Dr. Helen Creighton”
2021: Basil Considine, “The Female Harpist in America during the Era of Good Feelings (1817-1825)”
2018: Sarah Tomlinson, “Retro Radio and Schoolroom Songs: Folk Music of America at the Global Scholars Academy”
2017: Candace Bailey, “Music in Charleston’s Historic Homes”
2016: Tim and Joanna Smolko, Atomic Tunes: The Cold War in American and British Popular Music
2015: William Brooks, “Singing for Sammy Land: World War I Sheet Music and American Culture”
2014: Marcella Calabi, “Music at the Morris-Jumel Mansion from the Antebellum Period”



2013 - Present


The Society for American Music (SAM), Voices Across Time

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