2020 Award Recipient

Kate BarnesKate Barnes; photo by Kayla BurnettThe Country Dance and Song Society is pleased to announce that Kate Barnes of Greenfield, MA, is the 2020 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award. Kate was selected in recognition of many years of performance and teaching at CDSS programs, the international importance of her publications, her generosity of spirit when running music workshops, and her contributions to current and future communities.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the award celebration scheduled for September 26th, 2020 has been postponed. While we cannot yet say for sure when it will be possible to resume planning for this event, we hope to gather in celebration of Kate and her many contributions to our community at a later date. If you have already registered for this event, you will be notified by email when a new date is confirmed, and event information will be posted on this page.

Read more about Kate here.

Past Award Recipients

* Made an Honorary CDSS Member before the origination of the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Recommendations Sought for 2022 Lifetime Contribution Award

Your help is needed!

  • Do you know someone who has made a long-term and exceptional contribution to the mission of CDSS?
  • Has this contribution benefited more than one geographical area and/or generation?
  • Has the person worked in conjunction with CDSS for more than 20 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 deadline for recommendations for the 2021 Lifetime Contribution Award has already passed, but we will begin accepting nominations for the 2022 award in February 2021.

Posthumous Lifetime Contribution Award

Submit recommendations online here.

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 at any time. Those recommending a posthumous candidate 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.

You may submit recommendations for a posthumous LCA here.

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