In 2022, the Society for Musicology in Ireland (SMI) and the Department of Music at University College Cork (UCC) inaugurated the Aloys Fleischmann Prize. Awarded on a biennial basis, the prize recognizes outstanding practice-based research as part of the Society’s aim of fostering musical scholarship in all its forms. It is named after the composer, musicologist and perfomer Professor Aloys Fleischmann who was Chair of Music at University College Cork from 1934 to 1980, and who was a leading figure in the development of music in Ireland in the twentieth century.

The prize of €500, co-funded by the SMI and the Department of Music, UCC, is awarded for a distinguished portfolio with accompanying dissertation/extended essay as part of a practice-based masters or doctoral degree at an institution in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland conferred within the two most recent academic years. Nominated submissions are adjudicated by a panel of Irish and international judges and submitted to the Aloys Fleischmann Prize Committee for award at the next SMI Annual Plenary Conference.

Update, 5 June 2024: The Prize for 2024 has been awarded to Pàdruig Morrison, for his PhD entitled Finding a Contemporary Voice for Gaelic Art Music in Scotland (2023), supervised by Dr Ryan Molloy at Maynooth University.

2022: The inaugural prize was awarded to Diane Daly, for her PhD entitled Unearthing the artist: An arts practice research investigation into the impact of Dalcroze Eurhythmics on the practice of a classically trained professional violinist (University of Limerick, 2019): see ... /19834237.