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Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

The Society for Education Music and Psychology Research (Sempre) was founded in 1972 and is the only international society to have a distinctive mission to promote research on the application of the social sciences of psychology and education to music. As part of SEMPRE's charitable status, we have a programme of awards to support research and its dissemination across the world. Within our award programme, the Lifetime Achievement Award is open to senior colleagues who are considered by the SEMPRE Trustees to have made an outstanding contribution to the field. Previous recipients are Rosamund Bourke (UK, 2005), Desmond Sergeant (UK, 2005), Alf Gabrielsson (Sweden, 2010) and Irène Deliège (Belgium, 2010).

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Awards

The Reg and Molly Buck Award

The Reg and Molly Buck Award is intended for post-doctoral researchers who are up to five years from the award of their doctorate. One annual award of £2,500.
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The Aubrey Hickman Award

The Aubrey Hickman Award is intended to promote original research from new workers in the field. £500 biennially.
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The Gerry Farrell Travelling Scholarships

The Gerry Farrell Scholarships are intended to support travel in pursuit of identified research objectives in the UK or abroad through the payment of or a contribution towards the costs of travel and subsistence. Up to four travelling research scholarships totalling up to £4,000 per annum.
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The Arnold Bentley New Initiatives Fund

The Arnold Bentley Fund exists to support new, interdisciplinary initiatives concerned with the advancement or promotion of research in the psychology of music or music education. Examples may include support towards a project, conference, seminar, workshop, exhibition or publication that is particularly innovative or pioneering. One award of up to £3,000 per annum.
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The Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to enable the recipient to undertake or complete research of their choice, which may lead to its presentation at a Sempre conference or submission for publication in 'Psychology of Music' or both. Up to £1,000 per award.
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The Sempre Conference Awards

The Sempre Conference Awards are intended to enable full-time students or part-timers who are non wage earners to attend one of the Society's conferences, particularly the biennial two-day conference, through meeting the fee and the costs of travel and subsistence. Awards totaling up to £20,000 biennially.
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Reg and Molly Buck Award

Reg and Molly Buck Award
One annual award of £2,500

Reg Buck (1930-2007) and Molly Buck (1924-1994)

Reg and Molly Buck together made a huge contribution to Sempre in its early days: Reg as a long-standing member of the committee, and Molly as Membership Secretary. We are delighted to remember them both through the 'Buck' Award.

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The Aubrey Hickman Award

The Aubrey Hickman Award
£500 biennially

Aubrey Hickman (1922-1986)

Aubrey was a founder member of Sempre, and its first Honorary Treasurer. In 1980 he was elected Chair of the ISME Research Commission. He was a fine viola player and composer as well as a teacher, lecturer and academic, publishing papers on statistics, the philosophy of music, creativity and perception. His intellectual integrity was matched with a generosity of spirit, particularly to newcomers to these areas of research.

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The Gerry Farrell Travelling Scholarships

The Gerry Farrell Travelling Scholarships
Four scholarships totalling up to £4,000 per annum

Gerry Farrell (1951-2003)

Gerry was well-regarded both as an ethnomusicologist and a musician, and well-known as a lecturer in the UK, Europe and India. He was a fine sitarist, having studied under Debu Chaudhuri in Dehli. Gerry wrote extensively on all aspects of Indian music, ethnomusicology and music education, and included several books among his output. Gerry's 'Indian Music in Education' is widely used in schools and a further study, 'Indian Music and the West', received broad acclaim on its publication in 1997.

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The Arnold Bentley New Initiatives Fund

The Arnold Bentley New Initiatives Fund
One award per annum totalling up to £3,000

Arnold Bentley (1913 - 2001)

Arnold first came to prominence in 1966 with the publication of his celebrated 'Musical Ability in Children and its Measurement', a book that for many years was to be the most cited in the field. Under his leadership, regular research conferences were held at Reading twice yearly from 1966 onwards, and it was from these that 'SRPMME' (now 'Sempre') evolved. Under his chairmanship, and later as its president, Arnold oversaw the development of the Society's prestigious journal 'Psychology of Music' and was instrumental in the Society becoming internationally acclaimed.

Purpose of the Award

The Arnold Bentley Fund exists to support new, interdisciplinary initiatives concerned with the advancement or promotion of research in the psychology of music or music education. Examples may include support towards a project, conference, seminar, workshop, exhibition or publication that is particularly innovative or pioneering.

Eligibility

The Arnold Bentley New Initiatives Fund is open to any individual or organisation engaged in the fields of endeavour embraced by the Society.

Criteria

The criteria by which applications will be judged include the quality, originality and significance of the proposed initiative, which must be interdisciplinary, and the likelihood of the applicant being unable to obtain funding from other sources.

Applying

Applicants should apply by letter at any time for an award, addressing the criteria set out above, and giving an indication of the expected costs. Submissions, in hard copy or electronic form, should be sent to the Secretary, Professor Adam Ockelford, Roehampton University, Queens Building, Southlands College, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5SL, UK. Phone: +44 (0) 7818-456 472. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Normally, we would expect all applicants to provide the SEMPRE Trustees —as part of the application— with the name of an academic referee who can testify to the applicant's competence in undertaking the research and/or development activity successfully.

The decision-making process

All applications will be considered by the Sempre Awards Panel. Applicants will be informed normally within six weeks of the outcome. Awards should be taken up normally within the 12 month period following the decision. Any scholarships not claimed within this period will be deemed to have lapsed. The decision of the panel is final, and the Society regrets that it is unable to enter into any correspondence regarding its decision. Each application is treated individually on its merits; hence previous applicants are not precluded from applying.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Chair, Professor Graham Welch, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, United Kingdom. Tel: +44(0)20-7612 6550. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award

The Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award
Up to £1,000 per award

Purpose of the Award

The Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award is intended to enable the recipient to undertake or complete research of their choice, which may lead to its presentation at a Sempre conference or submission for publication in 'Psychology of Music' or both.

Eligibility

The Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award is open to senior colleagues who have made an outstanding contribution to the field and who are normally resident within the UK. The award comprises the following elements:

  • lifetime membership of Sempre
  • up to £1,000 to be spent on furthering an area of research of the nominee's choice
  • invitation to address a Sempre conference

Criterion

Applications will be judged by the contribution to the field of the nominee over his or her lifetime of work.

Applying

Potential nominees, whose prior approval should be sought, should be proposed and seconded by any members in good standing. Proposals should be made by letter by 1st May, addressing the criterion set out above. Submissions, in hard copy or electronic form, should be sent to the Secretary, Professor Adam Ockelford, Roehampton University, Queens Building, Southlands College, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5SL, UK. Phone: +44 (0) 7818-456 472. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The decision-making process

All applications will be considered by the Sempre Awards Panel. Applicants and nominees will be informed by 1st July of the outcome. Awards should normally be taken up within the following 12 months. The decision of the panel is final, and the Society regrets that it is unable to enter into any correspondence regarding its decision.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Chair, Professor Graham Welch, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL, United Kingdom. Tel: +44(0)20-7612 6550. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sempre Lifetime Achievement Award recipients

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