Thomas Liley Memorial Saxophone Research Grant

The Editorial Board of the North American Saxophone Alliance invites grant applications for research projects pertaining to the history, literature, pedagogy, and/or sociology of the saxophone. Primary research should occur between September 15, 2024 and August 31, 2025.

Thomas Liley Memorial Saxophone Research Grant awards provide a stipend of up to $500. Grants may be used to cover travel, supplies & materials, equipment, and costs related to the dissemination of findings.


Any individual applying for a Thomas Liley Memorial Saxophone Research Grant must be a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance at the time of application and through the duration of the proposed research project. No currently serving member of the NASA Editorial Board (The President, Director of Scholarly Publications, Jazz Coordinator, Saxophone Symposium Editor, and Saxophone Symposium Assistant Editor) are eligible to apply.


Each applicant should prepare a Project Narrative of no more than three pages, single spaced, in 12-point font, with 1” margins that should address the following:

  1. Project Abstract—Include an abstract of 250 words or fewer for your project that describes your research in a well-structured, logical manner and explains how your research will contribute to the collective knowledge regarding the saxophone.
  2. Project Description
  • Specific Aims/Objectives—Clearly describe the specific aims and objectives of your research project. 
  • Research Methodology—Describe how you will answer your research questions.
  • Impact of Project—How will your research project advance our understanding of the saxophone, its history, its pedagogy, or otherwise?
  • Dissemination of Results—How do you plan to disseminate your results?
  1. Project Timeline—Please include a clear, logical, and detailed timeline of proposed activities for your project from start to finish.
  2. Project Budget—Please include a detailed budget for your project.
  3. Please indicate whether you have access to institutional research funds for this project. Priority will be given to projects lacking such funding. (Please see rubric.)

All applications are due on July 31, 2024. The 2024-2025 awards will be announced by September 15, 2024.

Application Link

Follow-up project activities

Prior to August 31, 2025, recipients will submit a brief (2-3 page) report of their project’s activities and findings. All grant awardees will be required to submit a paper to The Saxophone Symposium or propose a presentation at a NASA conference based upon their research within two years of the termination of the grant period to be considered for future grants.

About NASA

The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.
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