About MSAE and Membership



The Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology (MSAE) is dedicated to understanding the role of sound and listening in natural habitats and human societies. We promote public dialogue concerning the identification, preservation, and restoration of natural and cultural sound environments. Established in 2009, we realize our mission through local and regional initiatives. These include public soundwalks, educational workshops, and creative and scholarly productions. Our partners include the National Park Service, Center for Humans and Nature, Chicago Park District, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Mixage Fou, and World Listening Project, among others.

If you or your organization would like to partner with us, contact us. Or, partner with us as an individual by choosing to become a member.


MSAE members are part of a growing community who listen, study, learn, share, create, publish, partner, collaborate, and lead our understanding of acoustic ecology. Annual membership dues support our programs and the people who make them possible. Members may receive access to the members’ directory, discounts for special events, services, tools, and publishing opportunities.

MSAE is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit membership organization (EIN 83-1084531). MSAE membership dues and donations made to the MSAE may be tax-deductible for U.S. residents and nonresident aliens.

MSAE membership includes membership in our global affiliate, the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

WFAE Affiliate Membership

Benefits include:

  • Publication of your activities in the WFAE News and the annual digital publication Soundscape: The Journal of Acoustic Ecology
  • Reduced admission to MSAE and WFAE sponsored conferences and events
  • Opportunities to connect and engage in discourse with a local, national, and international community of “ear-minded” people

About the WFAE

The World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), founded in 1993, is an international association of affiliated organizations and individuals, who share a common concern with the state of the world’s soundscapes. Its members represent a multi-disciplinary spectrum of individuals engaged in the study of the social, cultural and ecological aspects of the sonic environment.

The WFAE encourages your participation in the growth and development of regional affiliate groups around the world. Learn more about the WFAE by visiting www.wfae.net.