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The mission of Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) is to increase public understanding and appreciation of early music, enrich our community, and enhance the quality and stability of participating artists and organizations in New York by:

♦ CREATING MORE OPPORTUNITIES for New York-based professional artists to perform for local, regional, and national audiences,

♦ EXPANDING AND DIVERSIFYING the audience for early music,

♦ STRENGTHENING the ensembles, presenters, and other organizations devoted to the genre, and

♦ EDUCATING musicians, the general public, and the media.

GEMS will achieve its mission by

♦ producing concerts, seminars, lectures, master classes, exhibitions, and scholarly forums by New York City based individuals and organizations;

♦ securing engagements throughout the country and around the world for NYC-based artists and ensembles;

♦ providing administrative, marketing, and financial services to professional and amateur early music organizations based in the City;

♦ increasing the public's awareness of and access to early music events in New York;

♦ acting as a liaison among performers, presenters, instrument builders, scholars, teachers, the general music industry, and educational institutions interested in early music; and

♦ disseminating information concerning the publication, performance and recording of early music.

We maintain offices in New York City with a paid staff of six, and more than three dozen volunteers.

Our organizational Board of Directors includes individuals with long involvement with early music in the City.

GEMS is incorporated under Section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of New York State and exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.