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Research & Performance Topics in Black Music

The Scholarly Journal of NANM, Inc.

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Founded in 2019, EMERGENCE: Research & Performance Topics in Black Music is the scholarly publication of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (NANM).  Its purpose is to offer research, commentary, and insight on matters related to Black music in areas of performance, composition, special topics, and education. Articles will be anonymously peer-reviewed by a review board composed of acclaimed and accomplished pedagogues and performers of national and international acclaim.

Submissions to EMERGENCE will be welcomed by members and non-members of NANM. Released in July of each year, each publication will include up to two articles on each major content area (performance, composition, special topics, and education), editorials from members of the advisory board, a spotlight on a major figure in Black music and reviews of performance or literature related to the Black experience. 


  • Articles should be between 4,000 and 10,000 words. (These approximate values are a suggestion.)

  • Standard American English

  • Formatting: double-spaced, 12-point, serif font (e.g. Times New Roman, Hoefler Text, Garamond, Georgia), left-justified

  • Footnotes instead of endnotes

  • Refer to the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style for style and grammar.

  • Single spacing should be used in all instances after periods, colons, and semicolons.

  • Use gender neutral language and pronouns wherever possible. Do not use the generic “he.”

  • All images, tables, graphs, charts, musical examples, etc. included in the document with an appropriate label. Low-resolution is acceptable for submission.

  • Use a music notation software such as Finale or Sibelius for musical examples.

  • Abstract of no more than 200 words. Include 4-5 keywords below.

  • Author biography of no more than 100 words

  • List of works cited according to the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style

  • To maintain anonymity, the author’s name is not to appear in the article submission. Authors should cite their own works in the third person and should not include acknowledgments or personal notes in the text.

  • Rights to publish and/or republish copyrighted materials available upon request

  • Microsoft Word documents only

  • The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. assumes the copyright for all accepted articles.

All articles for submission to EMERGENCE must have the following specifications:

  • Label the article submission with “_sub” at the end.

  • Label the abstract and keywords with “_abs” at the end.

  • Label the list of works cited with “_ref” at the end.

  • Label the author biography with “_bio” at the end.


All further inquiries can be directed HERE.

Chief Advisory Board

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Prof. Vinroy D. Brown, Jr.

Founder, Chief Editor & Chair

Department of Conducting, Organ & Sacred Music

Westminster Choir College

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Dr. Felicia Barber

Director of Choral Activities & Associate Professor of Music 

Westfield State University

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Dr. Jason Max Ferdinand

Professor, Chair of Music Department & Director of Choral Activities

Oakwood University


Dr. T. André Feagin

Assistant Professor of Music | Bands & Conducting

Central Washington University

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Dr. Marques L. A. Garrett

Assistant Professor of Music in Choral Activities

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Editorial Board: Performance

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Dr. Wesley Broadnax

Lead Editor

Director of Bands & Associate Professor of Music

University of Northern Colorado

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Dr. Marcía Porter

Professor of Voice

Florida State University

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Prof. Damien L. Sneed


College Division of Manhattan School of Music

Editorial Board: Education


Dr. A. Jan Taylor

Lead Editor

Director of Choral Activities & Associate Professor

Prairie View A&M University

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Dr. Lynnel Joy Jenkins

Artistic Director

Westrick Music Academy

Choral Teacher

Timberlane Middle School

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Dr. Frances Fonza Smith

Director of Worship & Arts

Mt. Ennon Baptist Church

Editorial Board: Composition & Theory

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Rev. Dr. Braxton Shelley

Lead Editor

Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor

Radcliffe Institute

Assistant Professor of Music

Harvard University

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Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II

President & Artistic Director

CFG Multimedia

Editorial Board: Special Topics

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Dr. Brandon Boyd

Lead Editor

Assistant Director of Choral Activities & Assistant Professor of Music Education

University of Missouri


Dr. Sylvia Turner Hollifield

Retired Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Michigan State University


Dr. Zanaida Robles

Director of Music

Neighborhood Church


Director of Choirs

Harvard-Westlake School

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