Early Music Month (EMM) is a national, grassroots campaign sponsored by Early Music America and designed to raise awareness of early music each March throughout the North American music community. EMM seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, venues, and more to bring early music to its widest audience ever.
How can I get involved?
Anyone enthusiastic about raising awareness of early music can become an EMM Partner for free and join nearly 400 individuals and organizations who have already committed to celebrate Early Music Month in their own communities.
Visit our resources page for ideas about how you can join the Early Music Month celebration, how to list your EMM event, and how EMA can celebrate YOU!
Support the Future
Early Music America provides funding for members to enhance their skills at early music workshops throughout North America and helps pay for musicians to attend the Young Performers Festival and Emerging Artists Showcase. Each year, we receive many, many more qualified applicants than we can fund.
Help EMA provide more artistic development opportunities to musicians of all ages by making a donation to the #WeAreEarlyMusic campaign during Early Music Month.
Early Music Month Daily Musical Calendar
Selections submitted members of the EMA Board, Emerging Professional Leadership Council, and Staff. Come back every day during March for more!
I chose a piece from this recording because this chamber group is like family to me. In these times when we all must be extremely conscientious about keeping our distance from one another, I find myself reflecting on the musical connections that mean the most to me. I miss the intimacy of playing with dear friends, the creativity of making music together. For me, this movement reflects a simple beauty, created by interweaving lines that ebb and flow both independently and together. This music fills me with a sense of hope and comfort, both of which are welcome during this strange time.
Like so many other musicians, much, if not all, of my work in the coming months has been canceled due to COVID-19. For the health and safety of our communities, I think canceling concerts is absolutely imperative during this time. However, as someone whose income is almost entirely derived from performing, these cancelations can quickly take a toll. I am so grateful for EMA and their contributors who have stepped up to help musicians like myself through the Relief Fund. Thank you so much for the support and I look forward to the moment when our community can join together (in person!) to make music again.
by Vajra Voices, April 7, 2020
This is our most recent (and only) recording.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vajra Voices and founder/director Karen R. Clark are —like many— suffering the sadness and loss of our creative endeavors. We are grateful to organizations like Early Music America, and, our affiliate organization The San Francisco Early Music Society. We hope that much healing and comfort may be found in our recording of the music of the 12th century Abbess, Herbalist, and Composer, Hildegard of Bingen.
by Salome Gasselin, April 6, 2020
I was looking forward to coming to New York with the Ratas in April, and to sharing some of this music. There will be a next time… but until then here’s an idea for finding some color in the dark night.
I am fine, at home in the Loire Valley where things are healthy and calm for now. I have unfortunately had all of my concerts cancelled at least through July, and will have to hope that the French government doesn’t cancel artists’ ‘intermittance’ status because of cancelled concerts!
Donate Toward Early Music Month
Making a gift to EMA allows our programs to flourish and in doing so, you play an important part in broadening the network of early music listeners. No matter how large or small your contribution, please know every dollar counts and will make a difference in these endeavors. Please help EMA today as we provide essential training, development opportunities and performance experiences for the early music community we all love. Simply use our online donation form and designate your gift to Early Music Month. You may also give us a call in the office: 412-642-2778
Become an EMA Sponsor
Sponsors’ names/logos will be featured in connection with all Early Music Month communications, including partner-only emails, on our website and social media promotions, and all printable Early Music Month materials. Sponsors will receive digital advertising on the Early Music America website and in the January through March issues of our monthly newsletter, E-Notes. More information and pricing is available by emailing: email@example.com.