SEATTLE, WA-Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, announces its annual competitive grant of $1,000 to be awarded to a college or university collegium musicum for the purpose of bringing the ensemble to perform a fringe concert at either the Boston Early Music Festival (odd-numbered years) or the Berkeley Festival (even-numbered years). For purposes of this award, collegium musicum is used to denote an ensemble that a) performs primarily music written before 1750, b) gives attention to matters of historical performance, and c) performs on period instruments if instruments are used. All eligibility requirements and application may be found on the EMA website, www.earlymusic.org .
Applications for this year’s award are due by December 1, 2007. A panel of three judges, selected by EMA, will choose the ensemble to receive the grant, based on performance quality of the submitted recordings. The judging will be “blind.” The judges may name a runner-up, who will be offered the award if the first ensemble selected is unable to follow through with its plans to use the grant. The winner, announced on January 1, 2008, will receive a $1,000 grant for the purpose of bringing the ensemble to the Berkeley Festival, June 2-8, 2008 to present a fringe concert. EMA will also provide limited publicity and other support for the concert.
While EMA recognizes that the grant will not in most cases cover all travel costs, the purpose of the grant is to provide “seed money” that will help a director leverage additional travel funds.
All materials should be sent to:
EMA Collegium Musicum Festival Performance Grant
2366 Eastlake Ave. E. #429
Seattle, WA 98102
(Full application materials: www.earlymusic.org )
Contact: Maria Coldwell
206-720-6270; fax 206-720-6290
About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 2,500 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT.