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I am writing to you on behalf of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition (AmeriGrove II), for which I serve as a contributing editor. This dictionary update will include updated articles from earlier Grove dictionaries as well as newly commissioned articles, and it will be integrated into Grove Music Online and published in a set of printed volumes.

This note is a request to enlist your services as music scholars. I have a list of about 75 possible articles on twentieth-century American composers, performers, and ensembles for you to choose from to update. These are primarily lesser-known figures and most of these articles only require updating of information on the subject’s activities, and in some cases death dates, since the publication of either Amerigrove I or Grove Music Online. If you are interested in participating, I will send you a list of the available articles. You may sign up for as many or as few as you wish.

This is an excellent opportunity to add publications to your CV and to gain experience in real world scholarship.

Oxford University Press supplies a small honorarium for article updates of 5 cents/word if the update is significant (assuming that the whole piece will be reworked/expanded).   Minor updates (adding a paragraph or less) will also receive a small honorarium. At this time, the deadline to receive your article(s) would be around January 15, 2010.  If you accept this commission, I will send you further information about the project and preparing individual articles.

More information on the project can be found at our project website: http://sitemaker.umich.edu/amerigrove/home

I’ll be happy to answer any other questions you may have.  Thanks in advance for your consideration.

Best wishes,

Ron Wiecki

Ron Wiecki, PhD
Mills Music Library
University of Wisconsin-Madison
728 State St.
Madison, WI 53706

Contact info for Amerigrove II
email: rwmsn56@gmail.com
phone: 608 332-2810