The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is a nonprofit US based organization founded in 1984 which aims to promote electro-acoustic music. In particular, the organization aims:
To encourage the composition and performance of electro-acoustic music
To develop a network for technical information and support
To promote concerts and radio broadcasts of electro-acoustic music both in the US and abroad
To create an exchange of information through newsletters and other means of communication
To establish and maintain a national archive and information center for electro-acoustic music
To attract a wide diversity of members and supporters
To advocate licensing and copyright concerns
SEAMUS (pronounced SHAY-mus) 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. Jon Appleton suggested to Barry Schrader the formation of such a chapter while serving as the U.S. representative to the ICEM. SEAMUS is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers, and teachers of electroacoustic music representing every part of the United States and virtually every musical style. Significant supporters have included California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), ASCAP, and The Alexander Family Foundation.
In 1987, the society began giving the SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement 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.