Open call: IASPM Benelux and VNPF Popular Music Thesis Prize 2019

The IASPM Benelux and the Vereniging Nederlandse Pop Podia and Festivals (VNPF) invites student applicants to apply for the Bachelors and Masters Popular Music Thesis Prize. This prize honors outstanding research by students (active in a Dutch university) writing about popular music. The prize is to award the best-researched and best-written BA and MA thesis on some subject related to popular music. The winning thesis will incorporate one or more relevant perspectives which might reflect a broad range of academic and professional fields including but not limited to sociology, musicology, media studies, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, journalism, economics, performance studies, and/or history. Both the BA and MA thesis must be written in either Dutch or English.

The award ceremony will take place during the IASPM Benelux conference, 14–16 May 2020 in Antwerp.


All materials must be submitted by 6 January 2020 in pdf form to the secretary of IASPM Benelux, Chris Tonelli:

Please make sure to include the following three documents in your digital application:

A digital copy of the student’s Graduation Certificate.

BA or MA Thesis including:

  1. Title of thesis,
  2. Short abstract (200-300 words),
  3. Full thesis text (please cross out any passages referring to your name or your university name on the thesis to ensure anonymity).

Separate Title Page with:

  1. Student’s name,
  2. Student’s institution and major,
  3. Thesis supervisor,
  4. Education period (study dates),
  5. Degree granted (BA, MA or Pre-Master),
  6. Student’s email and address.
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