Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis

Popmuziek Scriptieprijs (2013-2016)

The International Association for the Study of Popular Music Benelux, together with the Royal Association for Dutch Music History (KVNM), invites student applicants to apply for either the Bachelors or the Masters Popular Music Thesis Prize. This prize honors outstanding research by students writing about some aspect of popular music and is awarded to the best-researched and best-written BA and MA thesis on some subject related to popular music from a variety of disciplines. The winning thesis will incorporate one or more relevant perspectives from a broad range of academic and professional fields including but not limited to sociology, musicology, media studies, ethnomusicology, cultural studies, journalism and/or history. In general the thesis must highlight the important role that popular music performs within culture and society. Theses will be judged by a well-respected jury of 5 members comprised of Dutch and international academics and professionals from the Dutch music field.

The winning MA student will be asked to give a short lecture on their research during the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference in Groningen.



Include in your digital application:

  1. BA or MA Thesis (pdf form) including:
    1. Title of thesis
    2. Short abstract (200-300 words)
    3. Full thesis text (please do not put your name on the thesis to ensure anonymity)
  2. Separate Title Page with:
    1. Student’s name
    2. Student’s institution
    3. Thesis supervisor
    4. Education period (study dates)
    5. Student’s email and address.
  3. A digital copy of the student’s Graduation Certificate.


Deadline: Oktober 1st

Submit pdfs to: webmaster01@iaspm.nl.

Contact information: for more information contact Koos Zwaan.


Award: the winning Masters student will receive 200 Euros.


Attention: The Popular Muziek Thesis Price was awarded for the last time in Juni 2017. From 2018 onwards it is replaced by the Hélène Nolthenius Thesis Prize.