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

we are early music coverThe 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. Almost 100 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.

How do I APPLY for a mini grant?

Update at 6:50 pm ET on 3/21/20: After receiving 100 applications, we are temporarily closing the form until we can raise more funds. Please send a message to the contact email below to join the wait list and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

Fill out the simple form at the bottom of this 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

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.


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