Creating a more inclusive early music community

Early Music America began this important initiative beginning in November 2019. As with the mainstream classical music community, we are acutely aware, in our specialized field, of the lack of diversity. With this in mind, we are focusing our work on broadening outreach in order to create a more inclusive community. EMA’s approach will be sensitive to the interests and needs of individuals, organizations, and educational institutions as it works to expand and celebrate the contributions of diverse cultures in the history and performance of early music.

EMA needs the support of you – musicians and organizations – in this endeavor, as you are the visionaries who can influence the future and ultimately serve a greater spectrum of our constituents. Your voice is extremely important to our work and will help the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Taskforce, led by Patricia Ann Neely, assess how to move forward in its recommendations.

Please Contact EMA if you have suggestions, comments, or recommendations for our work in this area.

Previous EMA Interest Sessions & Webinars

IDEA Taskforce

Pat Neely*, Chair
Suzanne Bona
Joe Chappel
Joyce Chen
Tony Elitcher
Pedro Antonio Funez
Carmen Johnson-Pájaro
Benjamín Juárez Echenique*
Reggie Mobley*
Maria Ramos
Jonathan Woody

*EMA Board members

Resources

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News

His Name is Joseph Boulogne, Not "Black Mozart"
An 18th-century polymath has had his brilliant music and life diminished by a demeaning nickname ...
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July 22, 2020
Early Music Seattle: Reflecting a Just Future
EARLY MUSIC SEATTLE: REFLECTING A JUST FUTURE The actor Liam Cunningham said, “The best kind of art or writing holds a mirror up to society.” For over 40 years Early Music ...
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Two Early Music Programs Embrace Change And Inclusion
“As long as I can remember, inclusion has been an important focus, but it’s come much more to the fore recently,” says cellist Kenneth Slowik, director of both the Smithsonian ...
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Contralto Emily Marvosh calls for leadership, diversity in classical music
“The problem isn’t just playing Mozart and Bach — I know those things are compelling. It’s being led by white men. There are other viewpoints that are not being thought ...
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Wicked Local Salem
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June 15, 2020
Statement of Solidarity
Our world has been rocked by unrest and violence even as it is still profoundly disrupted by the global health crisis. And many of those hit the hardest by COVID-19 ...
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