MusicID Digital Research Fellowship

MusicID awards an annual Digital Research Fellowship in popular music studies.

2019 Fellowship Winner

The 2019 Digital Research Fellowship has been awarded to Allie Martin (Indiana University-Bloomington) for "Ring the Alarm: Tracking Chart Performance During Black Lives Matter, 2014-2019." Read the winning proposal here.

Past Fellows

2018 Thomas Johnson (Skidmore College), “Identity, Genre, and Chart Success”

About the Digital Research Fellowship

MusicID is an academic platform that compiles current and historical music industry data into a single, easy-to-use source. Incorporating 5,452 different charts spanning 74 countries, MusicID provides access to chart information from Billboard and the Official Charts Company dating back to the 1950s, as well as contemporary, day-to-day statistics on iTunes downloads, Spotify and Apple Music streams, and Shazam searches. It also includes built-in visualization tools which allow users to create and export customizable tables and graphs.

Awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers, the fellowship is designed to support popular music research that utilizes data to draw new insights or reinforce prior understandings. The recipient will receive $1,000 and access to the MusicID platform for one year (all other applicants will receive access to the platform for six months). Special preference is given to proposals that demonstrate how they will benefit from access to the MusicID platform. The recipient is expected to write a short final report at the end of their fellowship year, describing the research they conducted and their preliminary findings.

Application Requirements

In order to be considered, interested applicants must send an anonymized, one-page research plan as a PDF to by December 20, 2019. The recipient will be chosen through a blind review process.

Submissions from faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are all encouraged and welcome. All submissions must be in English.