Supporting Early Musicians in Need

Update 3/31/21: Thank you to the many donors who made the second round of the Relief Fund campaign a success. EMA received almost $40,000 in new contributions, in addition to $100,000 distributed in the spring. If you are interested in making a donation to the relief fund, please contact

The relief fund second round application is currently closed. If you are an early musician who needs assistance and did not apply in round 2, please send an email to

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 140 musicians completed EMA’s COVID-19 Impact Survey and most reported 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 many 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!


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

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