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College-Level Ensemble Development Grant

College-Level Ensemble Development Grant

College-Level Ensemble Development Grant

Early Music America offers 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

John K. Cox, Director
To fund "Diva in a Cassock:The Sacred Music of Alessandro Melani (1639-1703)"


Past Recipients & Application Process



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


Such projects or events might include, but are not limited to:

  • one or more performances around a given theme or focusing on a specific repertory
  • a symposium uniting performers and scholars in a given field
  • bringing in one or more outside experts for workshops or masterclasses

Grant money may NOT BE USED to support:

  • salaries or other payments to faculty and staff at the awardee’s institution
  • fees or expenses of members of a professional ensemble with which the applicant is directly associated
  • the purchase of musical instruments (although the costs of any short-term loan of them might be considered appropriate)

Applications will be judged on the basis of their apparent:

  • educational and other benefits
  • meshing with the ensemble’s mission and institutional context
  • innovative approach to performance, repertory, and/or curricular goals
  • potential for longer-term impact within the institution and/or in the field
  • feasibility and creativity of the project
Eligible Applicants
  1. Applicants must be directors or the equivalent of college or university early music ensembles from institutions in the US or Canada. Although, the term "early music" is used in different ways at different institutions, for purposes of this award it denotes an ensemble that fits the following criteria:-The ensemble devotes its attention primarily to music before ca. 1750.-The ensemble gives attention to matters of historical performance.-Where instrumental performance is involved, the ensemble performs on period instruments OR is working towards the goal of using them.
  2. The majority of participants in the ensemble must be students enrolled in a degree program at the ensemble’s home institution. The ensemble may include non-student community participants and/or faculty members as long as they constitute fewer than one-third of the members of the ensemble.
  3. The applicant or associated institution 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.
  4. EMA Board members and EMA staff are not eligible to apply.

Applications are reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges and award announcements will be made by mid-May.


Two winners will each receive a $1,000 grant in support of the project described in their application.

Required Materials
  1. Contact information.
  2. A description of the early music ensemble, its activities, its place within its institution and the institution as a whole. Word Limit: 300 Min/500 Max
  3. A description of the project or event to be funded, including, where appropriate, details of any specific outside experts involved. Word Limit: 300 Min/500 Max
  4. Copies of three recent concert programs.
  5. A short estimated budget for the entire proposed project. If this number is greater than the total of the EMA award, please provide a list of proposed sources for the remainder of the funds (even if they are not confirmed.)
Additional Comments

Early Music America recognizes that the amount of the Ensemble Development Grant may not provide sufficient funds to cover the complete cost the proposed project. In some cases, the purpose of the grant may be to provide "seed money," which the director can then take to the department chair or dean to seek additional funds. If the recipient of the grant finds that he or she is unable to secure adequate funding to complete the project, EMA should be notified as soon as possible so that the award may be offered to a runner-up.

Application & Deadline

Please check back for updates in January 2019.

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