Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States

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Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States
FormationNovember 9, 1984; 39 years ago (1984-11-09)[1]
Founded atCalifornia Institute of the Arts
PurposeSupporting Research and Performance of Electro-Acoustic Music
Elizabeth Hoffman

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, creation, and research of electro-acoustic music in the United States.[1] SEAMUS (/ˈʃmʌs/ SHAY-muss) comprises composers, performers, and teachers of electroacoustic music and is known for its annual conference, which provides a venue for the presentation and performance of electro-acoustic music from around the world.[2][3][4][5] 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,[6] suggested to composer Barry Schrader the formation of such a chapter in 1983[7] 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.[8]


  • Music from SEAMUS
  • Journal SEAMUS[9]
  • SEAMUS Newsletter

Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

The SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award (formerly the SEAMUS Award) acknowledges the important contributions of its recipients to the field of electroacoustic music. The recipient is selected by the Board of Directors of SEAMUS. The prize was first awarded in 1987.

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  1. ^ a b Schrader, Barry. "History | SEAMUS". Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  2. ^ Stewart, Belinda, ed. (April 5, 2002). "Conference examines state of electronic music". Iowa City Press-Citizen. Iowa City, Iowa. p. 19. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  3. ^ Patterson, Kara (8 Feb 2012). Flannery, Dan (ed.). "LU Event highlights electronic music". The Post-Crescent. Appleton, Wisconsin. p. 4. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  4. ^ Khameneh, Tandy (12 Mar 2006). Devlin, Sherry (ed.). "Getting Ahead: Recognition". The Missoulian. Missoula, Montana. p. 34. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  5. ^ Pits, Hillary (13 Mar 2015). McConnell, Lawrence (ed.). "Blacksburg to host Rock the Blocks Music & Arts Festival". The Roanoke Times. Roanoke, Virginia. p. 64. Retrieved 2023-03-26.
  6. ^ "Appleton, Jon Howard, b. 1939". Dartmouth Library Archives & Manuscripts. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Technology, Musical Perception, and the Composer". Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  8. ^ "History | SEAMUS". Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  9. ^ OCLC WorldCat. OCLC 16375650.

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