NEA Announces Grant to Early Music America

29 Nov 2010

(SEATTLE, WA)—Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, announced that Early Music America has been approved for a grant of $22,500 to support the Young Performers Festival and National Conference to be held in Boston in June 2011. Early Music America is one of 1,057 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency’s first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide.

EMA will present two major events in Boston in June 2011, including the first ever EMA Young Performers Festival and Focus on the Future: the Next 25 Years of Early Music in North America. The conference (June 15-18) will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and professional development workshops. The EMA Young Performers Festival will have two components. The select Festival Ensemble comprised of 25-30 outstanding students from university/conservatory ensembles around the US and Canada (chosen through a juried process) will learn, rehearse, interact, and perform together in Boston under the direction of Scott Metcalfe (director of Blue Heron Renaissance Choir). In addition, EMA will present 10 additional concerts by university-based early music ensembles, and offer special coaching and events to the participating students. The conference and festival are being planned in conjunction with the Boston Early Music Festival. EMA has commissioned a fanfare to be played at the Festival Ensemble concert. Composer Adam Knight Gilbert, Director of Early Music at USC will compose a short Monteverdi-style fanfare scored for the instrumentalists in the select Festival Ensemble.

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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 3,000 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 or visit

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