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Outreach Grant

Outreach Grant

Outreach Grant

Early Music America offers grants annually to support outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists.



Blue Hill Bach

To fund two concert programs (at least four concerts); participate in two educational residencies, at Brandeis University and The New England Conservatory; and create scholarly editions of the works performed, in collaboration with Sean Gallagher (New England Conservatory).

Carol Lewis

To fund the beginning viola da gamba consort at Sommerville High School in Sommerville, MA.

Catacoustic Consort

To fund outreach concerts with their new Young Artists Apprentice program. This project will serve two communities. First, young artists at the start of their careers will receive twelve coaching and educational opportunities with Catacoustic guest artists or Skype coachings with renowned early music professionals, along with five performance opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area.


To fund a choral workshop entitled “The Eton Choirbook – An Inside Look” on September 16th and 17th providing an opportunity for New York area choral singers to have a hands-on experience with this legendary repertoire.

Special Music School

To fund the Baroque performance program introduced in the 2015/16 school year, which provides teen musicians with a broad-ranging, fully subsidized music education as part of the school day that builds their technical skills, musical knowledge, and creative and collaborative capacities.

Past Recipients & Application Process



Belladonna Early Music in Motion Julie Elhard Les Canards Chantants Pegasus Rising


Filigree Baroque Lycoming Baroque Choir and Orchestra (formerly Billtown Baroque) Salish Sea Players Three Notch'd Road World of Harpsichord


The Connecticut Early Music Society Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble


Ars Lyrica Houston Echoing Air Jessica Powell and the Capitol Consort of Viols MYSO (Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra) Baroque Players The Rose Ensemble


Catacoustic Consort Jessica Powell and the Capitol Consort of Viols Lisa Terry Seattle Historical Arts for Kids


Eligible Applicants
  1. Eligible applicants must be a current member of EMA BEFORE applying. Individual applicants must possess either an individual, senior, student, household or international membership level. Institutional applicants must possess an organization membership level on behalf of the institution they are applying for.
  2. Each member may submit no more than one proposal per year. EMA Outreach Grant recipients will not be eligible to apply again until the third year following their grant award.
  3. EMA Board members and staff are not eligible to apply.
  4. Grants will be awarded for projects taking place during the fiscal year (July 1-June 30) following the application deadline.
Applications are reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges and award announcements will be made by mid-May.
$2,000 will be awarded for Medieval and Renaissance outreach projects and $2,000 will be awarded for Baroque outreach projects. Outreach grant amounts range from $500-$1,000.
Required Materials
  1. Contact information.
  2. Description of project for which grant will be used. Word Limit: 300 Min 500 Max
  3. Estimated impact of project (i.e., number of students served, hours of contact time, etc.) Word Limit: 300 Min 500 Max
  4. Specific dates or time range for grant use.
  5. Description of previous educational/outreach activities. Word Limit: 300 Min 500 Max
  6. Project budget, showing projected revenues and expenses. Please also include in-kind revenues and expenses as well as income you hope to receive from the EMA Outreach Grant.
  7. Biographical information on key individuals; organizational history (if relevant). Word Limit: 300 Min 500 Max per bio
Support Materials (while not required, any of the following may be included to support your application)
  1. Visual documentation of previous activities (videotape, DVD, or series of photographs).
  2. Brochures, programs, handouts, curriculum materials, etc. for proposed project or past activities.
  3. Letters of recommendation.
Additional Comments
Early Music Outreach is passionate promotion of early music awareness and appreciation. Its goal is to draw new audiences and participants to early music. More specifically, outreach includes but is not limited to the following: early music activities that focus on children, whether in or out or school; early music activities in public and private schools; lifelong learning courses on early music; web, TV, radio, DVD or other creative activities that advance public awareness and enjoyment of early music; early music ensembles or organizations that reach unusual audiences and populations (e.g. prisons, museums).
Application Deadline
Friday, April 7, 2017 11:59 ET.
To access the application, please click here.

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