Grants are made from the Music Analysis Development Fund according to the procedures set out below.

1. Grants to Individuals

The Music Analysis Development Fund offers support for travel and subsistence to UK-based students and scholars working in the discipline of music analysis to attend conferences in the UK or abroad, to consult library and archival resources, or to pursue other comparable research activities. Individual grants will not normally exceed £500; in exceptional circumstances grants of up to £750 will be considered. Grants will, exceptionally, be given to non-UK based scholars.

The Board will also consider requests from individuals for forms of support other than those detailed above. Such requests might concern, for instance, the acquisition of digital scans or photocopies of sources, or assistance with the preparation of material for publication.

Criteria governing the award of such grants are: i) the academic strength of the planned research and its relevance to the study of music analysis; ii) the financial need. Applicants should therefore give a brief (c. 300-word) account of the research to be undertaken and/or research material to be obtained, explaining its relevance to music analysis. They should also give details of any other applications for support that have been made, or should explain why funding is not available from other sources. A draft budget must be provided on application. Student applications should be supported by a letter of reference from their supervisor.

The Board does not fund sabbatical leave or research assistants.

2. Grants to Support Conferences and Other Meetings

In addition to offering grants to individuals, the Board supports UK academic conferences, seminars and meetings concerned wholly or in part with the discipline of music analysis. Support is offered in three forms: i) a guarantee against loss; ii) a grant to assist with the travel and subsistence of a senior scholar from overseas; iii) a grant to support the attendance of students delivering papers on a music-analytical subject, or of students registered on courses including a substantial component of analysis. The Board will not normally consider applications for more than one of these forms of support for a single conference or event.

Applications should be supported by a draft programme or a brief (c. 300-word) account of the conference or event along with a draft budget; additionally, they should give details of any other applications for support that have been made, or should explain why funding is not available from other sources.

3. Application Procedures

Applicants must be current members of the Society for Music Analysis, and have been so for a period of at least six months prior to submitting their application. Retrospective applications are not permitted.

Applications should be emailed to Dr James Savage-Hanford (, SMA Administrator. Applications will be considered and awards made by a sub-committee of SMA trustees and members of the Music Analysis Editorial Board ( There are no application deadlines; each application will be considered on receipt. Applicants may normally expect a decision within one month of their application.

Successful applicants may not normally apply for a further award for a period of one year. Recipients may also be expected to submit a short conference report or report on research activities (c. 500–1000 words), as appropriate, to be published on the Society’s website and in its newsletter, as part of the terms and conditions of the award.