The EMA board of directors, meeting June 13, 2022 in Berkeley, California, voted to release the following statement against sexual harassment and assault in our field and across society.
Early Music America stands in solidarity with those survivors of sexual assault, misconduct, or harassment within the early-music community. We acknowledge that abuse of power is a systemic problem within society that directly impacts individuals, their families, and community members in our field. Sexual violence is not only traumatic, but the burden of coming forward can be difficult and isolating.
Within our community, we are determined to cultivate a space where everyone can participate without fearing or experiencing misconduct or assault. Ultimately, we believe in the opportunity for all to participate and experience the joy of early music through acts of equity and integrity.