Professional Tourings Arts Roster Applications Now Being Accepted

4 May 2009 (SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help us expand professional member services through the creation of a Professional Touring Artists Roster of early music ensembles.  This roster will be printed as a published catalog and distributed to about 5,000 presenters in the US and Canada; it will also be available online (on the EMA web site) to the general public as a searchable database.

In order to have your early music ensemble included in the Professional Touring Artists Roster, you must be an organizational member of EMA.  You will need to fill out an online application.  The application is accessible in the Members Only section of the EMA web site. Here’s how to apply:

  1. Log in (you’ll need your EMA codename and password, printed on your membership card; contact if you need to be reminded of yours).

  2. Access the application by clicking on the menu item called “Touring Artists Roster Application” on the lower left menu; enter your info.

  3. If, at a later time, you want to make any edits to the application you’ve already filled out, you will need to log in again and click on the menu item “My Touring Artists Roster Application” (which resides just below the application)

If you have questions or difficulties filling out the application, contact Patrick Nugent at 888-722-5288 or

We hope to limit the roster initially to about 50 ensembles, so the applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of 3 judges to make the selection.  Review criteria will include the quality of the artistic samples submitted (MP3 files), the quality of PR materials, and the amount of touring done over the past 3 years.

Applications must be submitted by 6pm Pacific time on Monday, June 15, 2009.  As part of the online application, you will be asked to submit a jpeg photo of the ensemble and some MP3 files.  Additionally, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • A one-page discography of the ensemble

  • A 1-3 page list of the ensemble’s touring concert schedule for the past 3 years (06-07, 07-08, 08-09)

  • A 3-6 page collection of current PR materials, including flyers, reviews, sample programs, etc.

Judges will select ensembles to be included in the roster by July 15, 2009.  If you are selected, you will be asked to submit a high-resolution photo, suitable for printing, at that time.  We hope to mail the printed catalog/roster to presenters by Sept. 1, 2009, for use in booking their 2010-11 seasons.  The online version will also be available to the public by Sept. 1, 2009.