Message from Bill Pelto
As we begin a new year for The CMS Fund, I want to thank and congratulate Jim Scott, who served as the Fund’s president for these past years. His leadership was vital in shoring up the Fund’s finances and in setting a course for its next chapter. Several experienced Board members have agreed to continue their service—including Secretary Betty Anne Younker, Treasurer John Miller, and Director Matt Shevitz. One of our first tasks has been to consider likely new Board members who will help us champion our mission and provide stewardship for the Fund’s resources. We hope to empanel a new Board that will accelerate our philanthropic trajectory.
In the meanwhile, the CMS Fund has continued its mission to support colleagues and our student members in their scholarly pursuits as researchers, performers, and engaged practitioners. Each CMS student member who presented their work at last week’s conference in Long Beach was provided a $200 travel stipend, totaling $4,000 committed by the Fund. Additionally, with the assistance of colleagues from ATMI and the CMS Committee for Community Engagement, we recently identified recipients of this year’s CMS Seed Grants, Education in Music Award, and Instructional Technology Initiative Award. Award amounts totaling $2,300 will support projects related to pedagogies that leverage open-source software, recruitment and retention of minority-identifying music educators, new opera that combines classical Chinese traditions with US-based street dance, and electronic music in a high school curriculum. And finally, The CMS Fund was honored to sponsor the Long Beach conference’s reception to “celebrate CMS authors.”