The William Holmes /
Frank D’Accone Endowment

for travel and research in the history of opera


The endowment carries the names of two music historians of the early modern period with long and distinguished careers at the University of California. William C. Holmes (1928–99), a scholar of 17th-century music who edited and wrote about operas by Cesti and Scarlatti before turning to the works of Verdi, was professor of music at the University of California, Irvine (1968–94). His Opera Observed: Views of a Florentine Impresario in the Early Eighteenth Century was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1993. Music Observed: Studies in Memory of William C. Holmes appeared in 2004 (Detroit Monographs in Musicology / Studies in Music, no. 42; Harmonie Park Press).

Frank A. D’Accone was professor of music at UCLA (1968–94), where he served as chair of the Departments of Music and Musicology. He has published extensively on Renaissance music in Tuscany and has edited and written about Scarlatti’s first opera. His foundational work, including many editions, has documented the lives and works of a number of Florentine composers as well as musical practices of their times. He served as general editor of Corpus mensurabilis musicae (1983–2002) and co-editor of Musica Disciplina (1989–2002). His The Civic Muse: Music and Musicians in Siena During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance was published by the University of Chicago Press in 1997. A Festschrift, Musica Franca: Essays in Honor of Frank A. D’Accone, appeared in 1996 (Pendragon). D’Accone is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he was named Honorary Member of the Society in 2006.

The Endowment was established by Frank D’Accone in memory of Bill Holmes.

The Holmes / D’Accone Endowment encourages and assists Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, independent scholars, and junior faculty working with subject matter associated with the history of opera.

Eligible applicants must currently attend or have graduated from a doctoral program in a North American university. If they seek to conduct research for their dissertation, they must have completed all other requirements for the Ph.D. (or the equivalent doctoral degree in any field of music scholarship). If they seek to conduct post-doctoral research or are independent scholars, they should have completed the Ph.D. within the past five years.

Applications for the following AMS travel and research grants will be reviewed by a single committee. Since the terms for these grants have overlapping areas of emphasis, applicants may request to be considered for more than one, if appropriate. A place to indicate which travel/research grant(s) you wish to be considered for is given on the web form. Although applicants may request to be considered for several grants, one only may be awarded to successful applicants. No individual may receive a travel/research grant more than once in a three-year period.

Funds awarded in 2018 must be applied to travel/research undertaken between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019.

M. Elizabeth C. Bartlet Endowment
for research in France

Virginia and George Bozarth Endowment
for research in Austria

H. Robert Cohen Endowment
for research based on the musical press

William Holmes / Frank D’Accone Endowment
for travel and research in the history of opera

Jan LaRue Travel Endowment
for European research

Harold Powers World Travel Endowment
for research throughout the world

Ora Frishberg Saloman Endowment
for musicological research

Eugene K. Wolf Travel Endowment
for European research

Applicants will be notified by the end of May. The winner(s) will be announced at the Annual Business Meeting and Awards Presentation of the Society. Please communicate with the office if questions arise.

The procedure consists of the following:

The application and all materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST, 2 April 2018.

• A 250-word summary of your proposal that briefly describes:

     a) the problem or question you are addressing in your research project
     b) the significance of the project
     c) what you expect to accomplish during the funding period.

     Additional space is then provided for you to discuss these three aspects of the proposal at greater length (500-, 200-, 150-word limit, respectively).

• A more detailed plan of work (500 words) that describes

     a) preliminary work already completed
     b) present state of the proposed research
     c) stages (if any) to be completed following the grant period.

• Three short questions complete the application: information regarding

     a) Institution(s) you intend to visit
     b) Itinerary
     c) Budget

You are also asked to supply one letter of support to be sent to the AMS by a scholar familiar with your work. Even if you apply for more than one fund, you need only submit one letter. It may be e-mailed or faxed to the AMS office. Please communicate with the office if questions arise.

Applications for the next cycle will become available on or about 1 March 2018

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