Early Music America’s Affiliate Program is intended to facilitate the development of groups devoted to increasing public appreciation of early music, consistent with EMA’s articles of incorporation and mission statement.

Current EMA Affiliate organizations are Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival and Salish Sea Early Music Festival.

To support EMA’s Affiliate Members, please visit our Affiliates donation page.

Please contact EMA with any questions about the Affiliate Program. There is also some useful information here.

Eligible Applicants

The applicant for Affiliate status must be an organization that shares the aims of Early Music America and intends to operate on a not-for-profit basis. This implies a commitment to “promote and foster the performance and teaching of performance of music on instruments typical of the age in which the music was written and in the styles of performance typical of the age in which such music was written,” as stated in Early Music America’s articles of incorporation. Further desirable characteristics include:

  • Emphasis on performance, presenting, education and/or informational services
  • Commitment to an historically-informed approach
  • The applicant must have a clear, demonstrated capacity to perform the proposed project at a high professional level, evidenced preferably by the track record of the organization or of the individual participants. The applicant must also demonstrate the capacity to administer the project and make required reports to Early Music America and other agencies.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a clear need for Early Music America’s support and should simultaneously pursue other, complementary avenues for achieving its goals.
  • All Affiliates are required to maintain organizational membership in Early Music America

Benefits of Affiliate Status

The Affiliate will be eligible, as determined on a case-by-case basis, to:

  • Have Early Music America serve as its fiscal agent for defined projects (with the definition of a “project” to include the production of a season of performances or educational services) to facilitate the solicitation of public grants and private donations
  • Use Early Music America’s mailing list (at cost)
  • Place advertising inserts in Early Music America’s bulletins and other mailings (at cost).
  • The Affiliate may also apply to Early Music America for technical support services in a variety of areas.

The Affiliate must comply with all of the terms of the Letter of Agreement, including reporting, fees, and waiver responsibility. The Affiliate agrees to pay EMA an annual administrative fee of $50 and it further agrees that EMA may deduct from the affiliate’s income received under EMA’s auspices a sum equal to 10% of that income in excess of $500 annually as an additional administrative fee, unless a lesser fee is mandated by a granting agency, in which case that lesser fee will apply. It is particularly important that the Affiliate understand that, according to law, all funds received by Early Music America as fiscal agent are held and deployed at Early Music America’s discretion and may not be earmarked by the donor. Notwithstanding any donor’s specific designation, Early Music America retains ultimate discretion over all such funds and will release them for Affiliate use only against evidence that the project is progressing as agreed by EMA and Affiliate.

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