Recommendations Sought for 2022 Lifetime Contribution Award

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  • 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

We are now accepting nominations for the 2022 award. Please fill out this form to make a nomination. Please submit your nominations by March 31 2021.

David Kaynor playing the fiddle at a dancePhoto by Doug Plummer

2021 Award Recipient

The Country Dance & Song Society is proud to announce that David Kaynor of Montague Center, MA, is the 2021 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award.

David was selected in recognition of more than 50 years of performing and teaching at camps and festivals across the U.S., humbly mentoring an entire generation of contra dance musicians, tirelessly serving as a leader in dance and music communities of Western Massachusetts, generously sharing tune compositions and writings about dance calling, and supporting generations of musicians and dancers in creating warm, inviting, and welcoming communities though music and dance.

With consideration for both David’s health and the unusual times in which we are living, the Board will work with David and friends to determine the best way to celebrate the occasion. More information will be announced via email as plans unfold.

Past Award Recipients

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

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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