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ARSC Offers Travel Grants to 2020 Conference, Deadline Upcoming

Thursday, December 5, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) is now accepting applications for ARSC Conference Travel Grants to be awarded in 2020 to attend ARSC’s 54th Annual Conference in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The grants are designed to:

  • encourage ARSC members to attend their first ARSC conference;
  • reach out to college students and professionals in the early stages of their careers;
  • promote mentoring and professional development opportunities;
  • advance scholarly research and publication; 
  •  support ARSC members who desire to participate more actively in the association.

Grant recipients are awarded:

  • complimentary registration for the entire ARSC Annual Conference including a ticket to the Saturday night ARSC Awards Banquet;
  • gratis registration for the Pre-Conference Workshop;
  • reimbursement up to US$750 to defray the expenses of transportation and lodging (upon approval of valid receipts, to be submitted after the conference).
    • Rental car costs for transportation within the conference city are not reimbursable.

At the time of application, the applicant must be a member of ARSC in good standing, planning

to attend his or her first ARSC conference. The applicant must also be one of the following:

  • a college or university student aspiring to work with sound recordings;
  • a recent graduate seeking a professional position involving sound recordings;
  • a professional within the first five years of his or her career, who has demonstrated a dedication to sound recordings;
  • a discographer, collector, or other researcher showing compelling prospects for the publication or dissemination of his or her scholarly work.

Applicants who demonstrate an interest in serving on an ARSC committee, publishing their work in the ARSC Journal, or presenting at an ARSC conference will be given particular consideration. Preference will be given to applicants who plan to attend the entire conference, beginning with the pre-conference workshop.

Each applicant must submit:

  • a letter of application describing the applicant's background and current activities, clearly indicating why the applicant merits consideration for an ARSC Travel Grant;
  • a Proposed Budget for travel costs;
  • Itemization of any non-ARSC Funds that the applicant may receive toward ARSC conference attendance, such as institutional support;
  • a brief Resume or Curriculum Vitae.

Additionally, the applicant shall arrange for two letters of support, to be directly submitted by the writers of those letters—not the applicant.

Applications lacking any of the above items will be deemed incomplete, and may not be viewed favorably by the Travel Grants Committee.

Non-Canadian grantees should be sure their passports are current and are valid for the entire duration of the conference.

Submit all items to David R. Lewis, ARSC Conference Travel Grants Committee Chair at

If you anticipate any problem with e-submission, please contact the chair at the above address.

All applications and supporting materials must be received by December 16, 2019.

Applicants will be notified about the award decisions by January 21, 2020.

For more information, see 2020 ARSC Conference or email


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