EMA Relief Fund: Supporting Early Musicians in Need

Update on 4/1/20: The Relief Fund is currently closed to new applications; we will continue to monitor the situation. Thank you to the more than 250 donors who have helped 204 early musicians in need. If you’d like to contribute, please do so using the form below. Please send questions (donors or potential applicants) to ReliefFund@earlymusicamerica.org.

The current global health crisis is having a severe impact on arts and culture. Performances and productions have been canceled for months, with the result that many musicians are suffering severe financial stress. More than 120 musicians have completed EMA’s COVID-19 Impact Survey and most are reporting financial losses resulting from concert cancellations. It’s hard to comprehend the impact this moment will have on the arts in the US.

We know we don’t have the resources to help everyone and that these mini-grants can’t make up for a couple of months of loss of performance income. But we can do something, and, in doing so, set an example of community spirit and provide some hope in this time of unprecedented challenge to livelihoods, artistic expression and security. This page is where early musicians apply for a mini grant and where those with the means can contribute to the fund.

EMA and Gotham Early Music Scene are partnering to promote this fund. #WeAreEarlyMusic Together!

How do I APPLY for a mini grant?

Fill out the simple form at the bottom of the page. We need your name, address, and telephone number. You should upload materials such as your resume, a recent concert program or notice of cancellation, and your website, to show that you are actively engaged in historical performance as your source of income.

EMA membership is NOT required.

What will I receive?

Early musicians will receive, on a first-come-first-served basis, a check for $250. The money will be redistributed by Bank of America bill pay, which requires your name, address, and telephone number.


Contact ReliefFund@earlymusicamerica.org

Find more resources on EMA’s Responding to COVID-19 page

How can I CONTRIBUTE to the Relief Fund?

This fund is made of donations from those of us with the means to help. And we can only offer as many grants as the fund allows. Please make your donation of any amount, and it will go directly to funding more early musicians in need.

Please donate using the form at the bottom of this page. If you prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to “Early Music America” with “Relief Fund” in the memo line, and send to Early Music America, 801 Vinial St., #300, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Your donations tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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