Early Music America and Chamber Music America To Produce Ensemble Showcase During the Western Arts Alliance Conference

19 May 2008

(SEATTLE, WA)--Early Music America and Chamber Music America will jointly produce an ensemble showcase on September 4, 2008 during the Western Arts Alliance (WAA) conference in Seattle, WA. An appearance at WAA —a booking conference serving the western U.S.—is an opportunity for ensembles to introduce themselves to hundreds of presenters. Professional ensembles that perform Early Music, Western classical, contemporary, jazz, and world music are invited to apply.

Selected ensembles—chosen in June from among the applicants by independent panels—will perform 15-minute programs before an audience of concert presenters as well as the general public at Downstairs at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue (near the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, WAA Conference headquarters).

Please note: The application form and guidelines are the same for all who apply, but applications from Early Music America members will be adjudicated by a panel appointed by EMA; Chamber Music America and Western Arts Alliance members will be adjudicated by a CMA–appointed panel of presenters versed in a wide variety of musical styles.

Eligible Ensembles must be:

  • Organization-level members* of Chamber Music America, organization-level members of Early Music America, or current members of WAA
  • Groups of 2–10 members (flexible for EMA) with a demonstrated history of performing and touring together (minimum one season; duos must be established ensembles)

Materials will be reviewed by independent panels of professional presenters. Final selections will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality of CD-R performance sample
  • Quality and content of submitted print materials

*An Organization-level member is a category of CMA membership covering an entire ensemble; if you are not sure of your membership status, or wish to apply for the first time, please contact Jane Kunzweiler at (212) 242-2022 x28 or membership@chamber-music.or Chamber Music America, 305 Seventh Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001-6008 ▪ (212) 242-2022 ▪ (212) 242-7955 (fax)

The application form and instructions can be downloaded from www.chamber-music.org. CMA does not accept handwritten, faxed or e-mailed applications. The nonrefundable application fee is $25.

The showcase fee for selected ensembles is $175. Ensembles are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Click here to download the application. (PDF file; 115KB)

Completed applications are due in CMA’s offices by Thursday, June 12, at 5:00 PM EDT. (This is an in-office deadline, not a postmark deadline.)

CMA’s and EMA’s showcase concert will be announced in WAA’s conference brochure and on WAA’s website. CMA and EMA will also publicize the concert on their own websites and via broadcast emails.

Ensembles and/or their management may purchase individual conference brochure advertisements from WAA.

Participating ensembles that are self-managed or do not have a manager exhibiting at the conference are encouraged to purchase their own exhibit booths. Those who do not purchase a booth may display their publicity materials at the CMA booth or at the EMA booth.

Conference registration is not required for showcasing ensembles, but they may wish to purchase a day pass for the exhibit hall from WAA.

July, 2008

CMA and EMA are committed to helping members present themselves well to the review panels. Members may call to schedule a consultation with CMA and EMA staff for assistance during the application process.

Early Music America
Maria Coldwell, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Early Music America
(206) 720-6270

Chamber Music America
Nick Iovanna
Conference and Events Manager
(212) 242-2022, ext. 17



Early Music America is a not-for profit organization for the field of historical performance in North America. Founded in 1985, EMA’s goal is to expand awareness of, and interest in, the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. EMA’s members receive a quarterly magazine, bulletins, and benefits including access to reduced-rate insurance, discounts on publications, concerts, and festivals, and eligibility for awards and scholarships. With its broad membership, including professional performers, ensembles, presenters, instrument makers, amateur musicians, and audience members, Early Music America serves as an advocate for the field throughout the continent.

Chamber Music America, the national service organization for the ensemble music profession, was founded in 1977 to promote artistic excellence and economic stability within the field, and to ensure that chamber music, in its broadest sense, is a vital part of American life. With a membership of over 8,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists’ managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes and represents a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine and a website, www.chamber-music.org.