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2016 AWARD RECIPIENT

jeffwarner 72dpiPhoto by Ralph MorangThe Country Dance and Song Society is pleased to announce that Jeff Warner of Portsmouth, NH, will be the 2016 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award. Jeff is one of the nation’s foremost performers and interpreters of traditional music and an advocate for bringing folk music to people of all ages, through his deep knowledge and love of American and English folk songs. His warmth and encouragement of singers, both experienced and new, young and old, has enriched many lives. Read more about Jeff's life and work.

 

2015 POSTHUMOUS AWARD RECIPIENT

warren argoThe late Warren Argo, a much-beloved Seattle old-time musician who worked with the Northwest Folklife Festival, Centrum’s Festival of Fiddle Tunes, and the Seattle Folklore Society, was honored in Fall 2015 by the Country Dance and Song Society with a festive celebration as the recipient of CDSS’s first Posthumous Lifetime Contribution Award.

Warren died in 2010. Read an article adapted from a tribute written by fellow musician and Seattleite Mike Richardson shortly after Warren’s death.

 

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS

RECOMMENDING SOMEONE FOR THE LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Do you know someone that has made a long term and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS? Has this contribution benefited more than one geographical area or generation? Has he or she worked in conjunction with CDSS for more than twenty years? If the answer is "yes" to all of these, then you may know a future recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award (LCA).

Examples of a significant contribution include: increasing the quality of what we do by inspiration, instruction or excellent example; bringing what we do to new communities; expanding the repertoire of dance, music and/or song through scholarship or original composition; working behind the scenes or enabling others to make these contributions.

The timeline for recommendations has changed:

Nominations for 2016 must be received by March 20, 2015. Send your recommendations to awards@cdss.org or to Awards Committee chair Mary Devlin. If you prefer snail mail, send information to Mary at 842 Stony Point, Ashland, OR 97520.

Your recommendation must include the name, address, phone number and email address of the person you are recommending as well as your own name and full contact information. Recommendations must be for living persons. Be sure to include one page highlighting why the person you are recommending deserves the award.

Do not assume the Awards Committee knows the person you recommend or anything about how this person has contributed to CDSS's mission. Your job is to write a detailed recommendation that will convince the Awards Committee to recommend your candidate to the CDSS Governing Board as the recipient of next year's LCA.

What information should an ideal recommendation include?

  • Your name and contact information
  • Name and contact information of the person you recommend
  • List of major events involving your candidate, describing the nature of your candidate's involvement [Example: 1994, Program Director, Pinewoods Early Music Week]
  • List of organizations involving your candidate, describing the nature of your candidate's involvement [Example: CDS Boston Centre, Board 2004-2010, secretary 2007-2010; NEFFA Board, 2001-2004; PCI Board, 2010-present]
  • List of candidate's publications and/or recordings
  • Description of how your candidate's work benefited more than one generation [Examples: X has taught dancing to children at Family Weeks and to seniors at Elderhostel events. Y's book of contra tunes has been in print for over 20 years; it is a standard in the contra dance community.]
  • Description of how your candidate's work benefited more than one geographical area [Example: On moving from Berkeley, where he helped found the San Francisco English Country Dance, Z became involved with Boston's morris and sword community, playing for teams throughout New England.]
  • We also need to know if you would be willing to ensure the organization of an award event, or to organize it yourself, if the person you recommend should receive the LCA for 2016. If you are not able to do it, please include the name(s) and contact info for people who would like to do the organizing. Award events are organized in conjunction with CDSS, working with Caroline Batson.

The Awards Committee will review recommendations in late March 2015 and submit our recommendation to the CDSS Governing Board for its decision. Thank you for providing detailed, thoughtful recommendations for us to review.

POSTHUMOUS LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION AWARD

CDSS has expanded its Lifetime Contribution Award to include the possibility of awarding it posthumously. It is intended to honor those who were deserving of and likely to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award (LCA) but who passed on before they could be honored. The Posthumous award will be given to honor the work done by such persons and to hold them up as exemplars of the attributes CDSS values. It is not intended as an annual award; there is no obligation to give the recognition every year and no more than one will be given in a calendar year.

Any CDSS member may make recommendations for this award and these may be sent to the Awards Committee at any time. By recommending a posthumous candidate those doing so commit to finding someone to be responsible for organizing appropriate recognition. Recognition could be an event or participation in an existing event, a named scholarship, or a dance, music, song or publication in honor of the person. Recognition will be planned in coordination with CDSS.

Criteria for a posthumous award are the same as for the regular Lifetime Contribution Award with one addition, and include:

  • candidate has been deceased for at least three but not more than six years;
  • candidate has made a longterm and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS;
  • candidate’s work has benefited more than one geographical area and/or generation;
  • candidate has worked in conjunction with CDSS for more than twenty years.

A significant contribution may consist of:

  • increasing the quality of what we do by inspiration, instruction or excellent example;
  • bringing what we do to new communities;
  • expanding the repertoire of country dance, music and/or song, whether through scholarship or by original composition;
  • working behind the scenes, enabling others to make any of the contributions listed above (i.e., music or dance event organizing, sound production or programming).

The Posthumous award began in 2015 as a new initiative, part of the CDSS Centennial. This first Posthumous LCA recipient was Warren Argo.

     
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