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The ARSC Awards Committee administers the following awards programs:
ARSC Awards for Excellence
The Awards for Excellence are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, or recording liner notes, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. A maximum of two awards is presented annually in each category—one for best history and one for best discography. Certificates of Merit are presented to runners-up of exceptionally high quality.
The deadline for Awards for Excellence submissions is December 31 of year the work was published. Awards are announced each fall and presented at a ceremony during the next ARSC Annual Conference.
View Awards for Excellence Finalists for 2020 [pdf]
ARSC Awards for Lifetime Achievement & Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings
The ARSC Awards Committee presents the following two service awards each year:
The Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded to an individual in recognition of a life's work in recorded sound research and publication. The Award for Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings honors a person who has made outstanding contributions to the field, outside of published works or discographic research.
View ARSC Lifetime Achievement & Distinguished Service to Historical Recordings Award Winners
The ARSC Board of Directors administers the following three awards:
Distinguished Service to ARSC Award
Inaugurated in 2012, this annual award recognizes members who, over an extended period, have contributed significantly to ARSC and the furtherance of its goals.
ARSC Honorary Membership
This award is conferred by the ARSC Board on an occasional basis to recognize notable service.
ARSC Members Extraordinaire
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