Early Music America (EMA) is a not-for-profit service organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA's goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA's members receive a quarterly magazine, bulletins, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent. Click here to find out more about becoming a Member of Early Music America.
Early Music America's annual budget includes grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation, Kulas Foundation, John P. Murphy Foundation and many others. EMA earns income from dues, advertising and subscriptions. We are most grateful to the many caring people whose ongoing donations have helped EMA grow, along with the entire North American field of early music. Their generosity is critical to our efforts—we couldn't succeed without them. For more information on how you can help support the growth of early music through EMA, contact our Executive Director, Ann Felter, 412-642-2778 or you can send a tax-deductible donation to EMA at: Early Music America, 801 Vinial Street, Suite 300, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Thank you!
Whom we serve
EMA currently serves over 5,000 individuals and organizations either through memberships, magazine subscriptions or newsstand sales. Our members include:
- Professional and amateur performers
- Educators and Scholars
- Early Music Ensembles
- Period Instrument Orchestras
- Concert Presenters
- Management Companies
- Instrument Makers
- Colleges and Universities
- Recording Companies/Radio
- Audience Enthusiasts
The early music community represents all 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia, the Canadian provinces, and many other countries worldwide. EMA's dedicated Board of Directors, from Vancouver to Florida, includes both professionals prominent in the field, as well as those devoted to supporting this art form and its practitioners.
Benefits we offer
EMA offers members an array of benefits, resources and publications designed to save them money, assist in career development, and provide scholarship and networking opportunities. Organizational members may also receive benefits that help them obtain life, health and dental insurance, build audience attendance, promote themselves, and provide recognition for significant accomplishments.
Early Music America magazine
EMA publishes the quarterly magazine, Early Music America, where today's contemporary world of early music is brought to the homes of each member and subscriber.
Annual Early Music America Directory of Members
As a member of EMA, you'll be listed within, and receive a personal copy of, our annual Directory of Members, a veritable "Who's Who" in North America's early music scene.