The Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) posts the following message. --- NOMINATIONS for the 2012 ARSC AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE --- You are invited to propose candidates for the 2012 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Nominations may be made by anyone, ARSC member or not. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2011. Eligible publications include any original work -- book, monograph, article, liner notes, etc. -- first published during 2011. The work may treat any subject related to recorded sound, but must embody the highest research standards. It should deal primarily with historical subjects, pertaining to periods at least ten years prior to the year of publication, with the exception of works related to modern preservation or playback technology. The ARSC Awards typically recognize histories, discographies, or biographies representing the "Best Research" in these recording genres: Blues or Gospel Music; Classical Music; Country Music; Folk or Ethnic Music; Jazz; Popular Music; Rock, Rhythm & Blues, or Soul; and Spoken Word. Additional categories include: General Research in Recorded Sound; Record Labels or Manufacturers; Phonographs; and Preservation or Reproduction of Recorded Sound. The Awards Committee especially welcomes information concerning eligible journal articles, as well as foreign and small-press publications that might otherwise be overlooked. NOMINATIONS for the ARSC LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT and DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARDS The ARSC Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually to an individual, in recognition of a life's work in research and publication. The ARSC Award for Distinguished Service to Historic Recordings honors a person who has made outstanding contributions to the field, outside of published works or discographic research. Nominations for either of these awards must be received by December 31, 2011. SUBMISSIONS Nominations for the ARSC Awards for Excellence must include the name of each nominee, together with the names of co-authors, the publication title, and the publisher's name and address. Please submit nominations to one of the co-chairs of the Awards Committee: Roberta Freund Schwartz [log in to unmask] or David Lewis [log in to unmask] Additional information about ARSC, including a list of past ARSC Award Winners, may be found at: www.arsc-audio.org The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals -- everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.