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Engagement Awards

Outreach Grant

Engagement Awards

Early Music America offers grants annually to support outreach and/or educational projects for children or adults by ensembles and individual artists. The application process is currently closed. Please check back in January 2019.



Les Délices

To fund the Tenth Anniversary Season Community Outreach Programs

Forgotten Clefs

To fund “Shawms and Stories”, a musical storytelling program for children aged 3-8 and their families

Savannah Baroque

To fund a two-day residency at the Savannah Classical Academ.

S'Cool Sounds

To fund recorder and percussion teaching programs in two NYC public schools

Past Recipients & Application Process



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


Eligible Applicants
  1. Eligible applicants must be a current member of EMA before submitting an application. Individual applicants must be a current individual, senior, student, household or international member. Applications for a project by an institution must be made by an organization member on the institution's behalf. If you are unsure of your membership status, please email
  2. Each member may submit no more than one proposal per year. EMA Engagement Award recipients will not be eligible to apply again until the third year following their grant award (For example, if you apply in 2018 and are successful, you can re-apply in 2021).
  3. EMA Board members and staff are not eligible to apply.
  4. Awards will be made for projects taking place during the fiscal year (July 1-June 30) following the application deadline.
  5. Projects must take place in North America in order to receive grant funding.

Applications are reviewed by an anonymous panel of judges and award announcements will be made by the end of May 2018.


Engagement Award amounts range from $1,000 to $1,500 to any individual or organization.

Required Materials
  1. Contact information
  2. Description of project for which grant will be used. Word Limit: 300 Min 500 Max
  3. Estimated impact of project (i.e., number of students served, hours of contact time, etc.) Word Limit: 300 Min 500 Max
  4. Project dates 
  5. Description of previous educational/outreach activities. Word Limit: 300 Min 700 Max
  6. Project budget, showing projected revenues and expenses. Please also include in-kind revenues and expenses as well as income you hope to receive from the EMA Engagement Award.
  7. Biographical information on key individuals; institution's history. Word Limit: 300 Min 500 Max 
  8. Supporting documents, while not required, any of the following may be included to support your application: brochures, programs, or curriculum materials.
Additional Comments

Early Music America Engagement 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. More specifically, outreach includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Early music activities that focus on children, in or out or 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 under-served 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.



Thank you for applying for an Engagement Award. The application process is now closed. Those selected for a grant will be notified by the end of May 2018.

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