The North American British Music Studies Association (NABMSA) awards the biennial Diana McVeagh Prize for Best Book on British Music. The prize is named in honor of pioneering British music writer, Diana McVeagh, who is the author of books on and musical editions of British composers Edward Elgar and Gerald Finzi, among others. Her books are known for their insightful interpretations of music and its context, and the lyrical quality of her prose.
- Any book on British music, musical culture, and musical life in Great Britain and elsewhere published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018 – including monographs, books within a series, eBooks, scholarly editions, or collections of essays (if all of the essays within are centered on the study of British music) – is eligible for consideration for the Prize.
- Candidates must submit nominations of the book to be considered by May 1, 2019 to the committee chair and Secretary of NABMSA. At least one physical or digital copy of the nominated work (or other means of access to the complete work) must be received by the Committee by June 15, 2019, to ensure consideration.
Nominations should be submitted to the committee chair, Anthony Barone (email@example.com) and the Secretary, Michelle Meinhart (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include the author, book title, publisher, and date of publication.
The winner of the Prize will be announced at the NABMSA Business Meeting held at the AMS annual conference in odd numbered years.
The winner of the 2017 Diana McVeagh prize: Foreign Opera at the London Playhouses by Christina Fuhrmann, published by Cambridge University Press.
The winner of the 2015 Diana McVeagh prize: Musical Creativity in Restoration England by Rebecca Herissone, published by Cambridge University Press.
The winner of the 2013 Diana McVeagh prize: Victory through Harmony: The BBC and Popular Music in World War II, by Christina Baade, published by Oxford University Press.