A Newsletter, published in February and August, began to be issued regularly in 1971.
It contains announcements, reports, a list of papers read at chapter meetings, obituaries, the program for the annual meeting, and sundry items of interest to the community. In addition to the names and addresses of all current members and institutional subscribers, it includes the By-Laws of the Society as well as lists of governing personnel, honorary and corresponding members, past presidents, current committees, guidelines for award and fellowship competitions, and the Society's Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.
(All this information is also maintained at this web site.) Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology, a published list of dissertations in progress and completed at institutions worldwide, reached its eighth accumulation in 1996.
The comprehensive index, regularly updated, is available online and has proven to be one of the most popular services the society provides.
From the very beginning the Society has held annual meetings; these run from Thursday afternoon to Sunday noon on a weekend near the beginning of November.
Concurrent sessions to accommodate the reading of about two hundred papers form the core of the meetings, which also include study sessions, panel discussions, and forums on a variety of topics.Executive Director Robert Judd and two co-workers support hundreds of volunteers to accomplish the Society's many activities.To search for Monash theses in the library SEARCH, type your subject (or author/keywords etc) followed by monash then thesis within keyword search. The abstracts relate both to completed dissertations and to those in progress. Searchable by Keyword, Author, Title, School, Subject, Abstract, Advisor, Degree, and Language.Joint meetings with one or more of these societies are held from time to time.In 1948 the Journal of the American Musicological Society was established, superseding earlier bulletins and papers read at annual meetings.Twenty-five of the projected forty volumes are currently available.Bequests from Manfred Bukofzer, Otto Kinkeldey, Gustave Reese, Dragan Plamenac, Paul Pisk, and Lloyd Hibberd formed the nucleus of an endowment fund established in 1971 to support the publication of books and editions of music.The American Musicological Society was founded in 1934 as a non-profit organization to advance "research in the various fields of music as a branch of learning and scholarship," a mission that has since evolved to include teaching and learning about music in addition to research.In 1951 the Society became a constituent member of the American Council of Learned Societies.