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 Funes-Whittington
Carmen Johnson-Pájaro
Benjamín Juárez Echenique*
Reggie Mobley*
Maria Ramos
Jonathan Woody

*EMA Board members

Resources

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News

Statement of Solidarity
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Reggie Mobley
Looking to expand its repertoire to include more composers of color and to reach a broader audience across Greater Boston, the Handel and Haydn Society has named its first-ever programming ...
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Broadway World
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March 31, 2020
Chinese Music is Early Music
by Gus Denhard (originally posted at earlymusicseattle.org) Recently, people of Asian descent have been the victims of racist attacks, unfairly scapegoated for spread of Covid-19. Early Music Seattle stands with ...
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Che Buford, 19
Despite the enormous influence of musicians of color on nearly every genre of music, the classical music field remains starkly white and Asian ...
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Noteworthy
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February 10, 2020
Canto: Voices of Inspiration
How can we teach children that music is a space where all people are welcome? How can we lift up voices instead of suppressing them in a world that talks ...
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