Applications are now open for Early Music America’s Engagement Awards, offered annually to support projects for participants and audiences of any age by ensembles and individual artists. The awards are intended to promote awareness and appreciation of early music and historical performance. EMA’s goal is to draw new audiences and participants to early music.

UPDATE March 19, 2020: Due to the global health crisis, we have extended the Engagement Award application deadline to June 29, 2020.

2018 Engagement Award recipient, S’Cool Sounds

Engagement includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Early music activities that focus on children, in or out of 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 underserved audiences and populations and historically underfunded racial or ethnic identity groups, especially African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American communities.

Application Process


  • Early Music America membership is required of all applicants:
    • Applications for a project by an institution must be made by an organization member on the institution’s behalf or by the organization itself.
    • Historical performance students qualify for a one-year complimentary student membership.
    • If you are unsure of your membership status, please email
  • Each applicant may submit no more than one proposal per year. Award recipients will not be eligible to apply again until the third year following their award (for example, if you apply in 2020 and are successful, you can re-apply in 2023).
  • EMA board members and staff are not eligible to apply.
  • Awards will be granted for projects taking place from September 1, 2020-March 31, 2021.
  • Projects must take place in North America in order to receive award funding.

Application Instructions and Information

  • Completed online application forms must be submitted by Monday, June 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Award amounts range from $1,000 to $1,500 to any individual or organization.
  • Award announcements will be made by Friday, July 31, 2020.
  • Questions may be sent to EMA at

We highly encourage you to submit your application several days prior to the deadline, so we can resolve any issues in a timely matter. We will not be able to accept any applications after the deadline has passed.

Materials to be Submitted

  • Contact Information 
  • Project Description 
  • Project Impact
  • Project Dates 
  • Educational/Engagement Activities
  • Project Budget
  • Biographical Information


  • The Brandenburg Project (Community Music School of Ann Arbor)
    • To fund guest teaching artists, recordings of all six Brandenburg Concertos, and community outreach performance.
  • Burning River Baroque
    • To fund two workshops at Bard High School Early College in Cleveland, OH, as part of their ongoing partnership at the high school: “A Mad, Burning Desire” in October 2019 and “Witches: Revered and Reviled” in March 2020. Their performances of high-quality early music are open to the entire student body and include interactive dialogues and lectures about issues pertaining to the history of the pieces and our period instruments, the lives of the 17th and 18th-century individuals who performed and composed the works, and the inherent connections between social issues of the past and those of contemporary times
  • Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble
    • Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble will spend a week in residence at Amherst College, MA, in March 2020 to collaborate with undergraduate students and local high school students of the Springfield, Northampton, Amherst, and Holyoke regions. There will be masterclasses, demonstrations, and conversations with students. The cumulative workshops will end with a joint performance of Bach motets and Schütz Musikalische Exequien, as well as selections by Handel and Vivaldi for chorus and orchestra.
  • Arkansas Baroque Music, Inc.
    • Seed funding for “A Tour of Baroque Music,” Arkansas Baroque Music’s inaugural concert production, offered free of charge to a community and a state which, to our knowledge, has never had an organization dedicated to early music. With this first event, ABM is immediately working to fulfill its mission of making early music more accessible to the people of Arkansas, educating the public about the music, and encouraging young musicians to explore early repertoire.

Past Recipients


Les Délices
Forgotten Clefs
Savannah Baroque
S’Cool Sounds


Ars Musica Chicago
Bach Around the Clock
Early Music Associates
Seattle Historical Arts for Kids
Singen und Sagen


Blue Hill Bach
Carol Lewis
Catacoustic Consort
Special Music School


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

College-Level Development Grant (2011-2017)

From 2011 to 2017 Early Music America offered grants annually to college or university Early Music Ensembles to support a specific project or event that will enrich or broaden the educational experience of the students, and/or help to elevate the profile of such ensembles on campus, in their community or nationally.


Reed College Collegium Musicum


Case-Western Reserve University Baroque Chamber and Dance Ensembles
Texas Tech University Early Music Ensemble


University of Oregon Collegium Musicum


CWRU Baroque Music and Dance Ensembles
Cornell Baroque Orchestra


Rutgers Mason Gross School for the Arts
Western Michigan University Collegium Musicum


Metropolitan State College of Denver Early Music Ensemble
St. Olaf Early Music Singers and Collegium Musicum


The University of Texas at Austin Early Music Ensemble

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