Supporting Early Musicians in Need


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on arts and culture, causing waves of cancellations and resulting in financial stress for many early musicians.

Starting in March 2020, EMA and Gotham Early Music Scene partnered to promote a relief fund through which early musicians received, on a first-come, first-served basis, a check for $250. These mini-grants set an example of community spirit and provided some hope in a time of turmoil for musicians’ livelihoods, artistic expression, and security. The Relief Fund was reopened briefly in 2021 and 2022 to address ongoing needs.

While the Relief Fund may now be closed as artists, ensembles, and organizations recover, Early Music America stands ready to aid the early-music community in the future, when the need arises. EMA expresses tremendous thanks to the nearly 450 donors who made this fund possible by raising a total of $140,000, listed below.

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