Music ID Digital Research Fellowship 2021

Call for Proposals

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Music ID is pleased to announce its fourth annual Digital Research Fellowship in popular music studies.

MusicID is an academic platform that compiles current and historical music industry data in a single, easy-to-use source. MusicID Data gives researchers direct access to more than half a billion lines of data featuring 5,452 different music charts spanning 74 countries, including albums, singles, and specialist genre charts, as well as streaming information from Spotify, Apple Music and Shazam. MusicID Revenue tracks the worldwide top earning recordings of the 21st century. Discover the most successful artists, singles, and albums of the last twenty years–all at the touch of a button. MusicID Impact provides a birds-eye view of popular music history, allowing you discover the top artists, songs, and albums since 1900. MusicID’s bespoke, built-in visualisation tools allow researchers to create and export customisable tables and graphs, including sales patterns.

Awarded competitively to scholars at any phase of their careers, the fellowship is designed to support popular music research and data storytelling that utilizes data to reveal new insights or reinforce prior understandings. The recipient will receive $1,000 forthwith and access to the Music ID platform for one year (all other applicants will receive access to the platform for six months). Special preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate how they will benefit from access to the Music ID platform. The recipient is expected to write a short final report at the end of their fellowship year, describing the research they conducted and their preliminary findings.

The recipient will be chosen through a blind review process.

Submissions from faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students are all encouraged and welcome from applicants worldwide. All submissions must be in English.

In order to be considered, interested applicants must send an anonymized,

one-page research plan as a PDF to,

or click the APPLY button below by August 1, 2021.

Previous Fellowship Recipients


“Reggaeton without Blackness: Tracking Afro-Latinx Roots in Latinx Contemporary Music,” by Eduard Arriaga (University of Indianapolis).



“Identity, Genre, and Chart Success” by Thomas Johnson (Skidmore College)