College-level Ensemble Development Grants

    In 2014, Early Music America will offer two grants of $1,000 each to college or university Early Music Ensembles for the purpose of supporting a specific project or event that will enrich or broaden the educational experience of the students, and/or help to elevate the profile of the ensembles on campus, in their community or nationally. All funds must be used in the 2014-2015 school year.

    Eligible Applicants

    Applicants must be directors of college or university early music ensembles from schools in the US or Canada. Although the term "early music" is used in different ways at different institutions, for purposes of this award it is used to denote an ensemble that fits the following criteria:

    • The ensemble devotes its attention primarily to music before ca. 1750
    • The ensemble gives attention to matters of historical performance
    • Where instrumental performance is involved, the ensemble performs on period instruments OR is working towards the goal of using a period-instrument based group.

    The majority of participants must be students enrolled in a degree program at the ensemble’s home institution. The ensemble may include non-student community participants and/or faculty members as well, as long as they are fewer than one-third the members in the ensemble.

    The director of the ensemble must be a member of EMA or the school must be an organizational member. Members of EMA Board and staff are not eligible to apply.

    Application Deadline

    April 15, 2014 at 11:59pm EST


    An anonymous panel of three judges, selected by Early Music America, will choose the ensemble to receive the grant, based on the strength of the letter of application and issues including, but not limited to, need, feasibility of project and creativity. Award announcements will be made by Monday, June 2, 2014.


    Two winners will each receive a $1,000 grant in support of the project described in their application.

    Additional Comments

    Early Music America recognizes that the amount of the Ensemble Development Grant may not provide sufficient funds to cover the complete cost the proposed project. In some cases, the purpose of the grant may be to provide "seed money" which the director can then take to the department chair or dean to seek additional funds. If the recipient of the grant finds that he or she is unable to secure adequate funding to complete the project, EMA should be notified as soon as possible so that the award may be offered to a runner-up.

    Required Materials

    1. A brief description of the early music ensemble, its activities, and its place within its institution. Word Limit: 300 Max
    2. A brief description of the project or event to be funded. Word Limit: 300 Max
    3. Copies of three recent concert programs.
    4. A short estimated budget for the proposed project. If this number is greater than the total of the EMA award, please provide a list of proposed sources for the remainder of the funds (even if they are not confirmed.)


    Thank you for your interest in EMA’s College-level Ensemble Development Grants. The application process is now closed.

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