Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States

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The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is a nonprofit US-based organization founded in 1984 that aims to promote the performance and creation of electro-acoustic music in the United States. [1] In particular, the organization aims:


SEAMUS ( /ˈʃmʌs/ SHAY-muss) comprises composers, performers, and teachers of electroacoustic music representing every part of the United States and is known for its annual conference, which provides a venue for the presentation and performance of electro-acoustic music from around the world. The organization was formed in 1984 as a U.S. chapter of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (ICEM) which had been formed 2 years prior in Bourges, France. The U.S. representative to ICEM, Jon Appleton, [2] suggested to composer Barry Schrader the formation of such a chapter in 1983 [3] and the inaugural meeting was held at the California Institute of the Arts in November 1984. Significant supporters have included CalArts, ASCAP, and The Alexander Family Foundation. [4]

Current board of directors

Conference and awards

SEAMUS National Conference
Genre Electroacoustic music

In 1987, the society began giving the SEAMUS Award to acknowledge people who have made significant contributions to electro-acoustic music. The award is presented at the SEAMUS National Conference, held annually. SEAMUS has also, in cooperation with The University of Texas, established a national archive for electro-acoustic literature and compositions. The society also established EAMM (SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic Music Month) which is a worldwide celebration of electronic, computer and electroacoustic music which occurs in November of every year.

List of SEAMUS Award Winners


Other international electroacoustic organisations

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