For those of you who might be interested in researching musicians with Pittsburgh connections, the Friends of the Music Library of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is offering $1000 research fellowships.

Many of you know about many of the jazz legends from Pittsburgh and I know ARSC members have written books or done ARSC conference presentations already about Billy Eckstine, Roy Eldridge, David Izenzon, and Billy May, for example.  I would love to see someone write a book about Ray Brown, Ahmad Jamal, Stanley Turrentine, or Maxine Sullivan, just to name a few.


Pittsburgh orchestra conductors have included the likes of Victor Herbert, Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, and Lorin Maazel.  And there is the great tradition of Eastern European music here: tamburitzans, polka, etc.  And lots of music made for local sports teams too.  Go Steelers.

See this page for an overview of the oral histories, clippings files, concert programs, correspondence, scrapbooks, and other archival materials that might useful in your potential research:

And research about the fellowship itself is below or at



Timothy R. Williams


Music, Film & Audio Department

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


We are honored to announce a new fellowship that has been created for the purpose of encouraging research and study utilizing the extensive resources and on-site collections of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Music Department.

Up to three fellowships of up to $1,000.00 may be awarded the first year.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017. Decisions will be announced by April 1, 2017.


The Fellowship is open to anyone conducting research in a music-related topic.  Students, educators, and musicians are especially encouraged to apply. The research topic should be suitable to the collection(s) available at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Main Branch (4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA).

A written report on the research the funds supported will be required six months after receipt of award.  Recipients are also encouraged to present their findings via lecture or suitable presentation to the Friends of the Music Library, staff, and general public at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

To apply for a fellowship submit a 500-word essay that includes the following:

    A short description of your research topic.

    A list of resources/collections you will be using at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Music Department.

    A brief statement indicating how you will be using the funding. (Funds may be used for, but are not limited to travel, living expenses, and other expenses related to conducting research).

Be sure to include your name and contact information.

Mail your application to:

Friends of the Music Library

c/o Mariana Whitmer

838 N. Lincoln Ave.

Pittsburgh  PA  15233

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