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, monthly e-newsletter, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for grants, 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.
Mission, Vision, Values
Our mission: Early Music America (EMA) serves and strengthens the early music community in North America--including professionals, amateurs, and enthusiasts--and raises public awareness of early music.
Our vision: Early Music America envisions a world where early music flourishes as an integral part of musical culture and reaches a large and diverse audience; where people understand what early music is and are engaged with it throughout their lives as listeners or performers; and where early music professionals are fairly paid, early music organizations are financially stable, and philanthropists see the early music world as a good place to invest.
Our values: Early Music America believes that early music provides a valuable way to understand history and human culture; that historically-informed performances provide important musical insights and experiences; and that early music fosters creativity.