The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Study Group is a recognized special interest group of the American Musicological Society. Our objectives include increasing awareness of sexuality and music in the academy, promoting contact among music scholars working in LGBTQ studies, and establishing a forum for the presentation of such research. We also intend to provide an environment in which to examine the process of coming out in academia, and to contribute to a positive political climate for affirmative action and LGBTQ curricula.
We convene annually at the national meeting of the AMS and host an evening session and party. These session alternate between invited guest speakers and cutting-edge graduate student research. Each year we present the
Philip Brett Award which honors exceptional work in LGBTQ music studies.