EMA Announces Gala Early Music Showcase at APAP

25 Jul 2008

(SEATTLE, WA)-This year, Early Music America will join Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) and Nancy Carlin Associates in producing a Gala Early Music Showcase on January 11, 2009, during the APAP (Arts Presenters) conference in New York City. An appearance at APAP—a booking conference attended by almost 4,000 people—is an opportunity for ensembles to introduce themselves to hundreds of presenters. Professional touring ensembles that perform early music are invited to apply.

Three selected ensembles—chosen in October from among the applicants by an independent panel of judges—will perform two 20-minute programs before an audience of concert presenters as well as the general public at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th St. (1 block from the NY Hilton, the main conference hotel). The concert is scheduled from 5-11pm.


Eligible ensembles must be:

  • Organizational members of Early Music America
  • Ensembles (2-20 performers) with a demonstrated history of performing and touring together (minimum one season; duos must be established ensembles)

Materials will be reviewed by an independent panel of judges. Judges will do “blind listening” to the CDs first and rate them; they will then review the printed materials, which may help them choose participants in the case of close scores after the blind listening. Final selections will be based on the following criteria:

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

Click here to download (PDF file).

Completed applications are due in EMA’s offices by Wed. Oct. 15 at 5pm Pacific time
(This is an in-office deadline, not a postmark deadline.)

The Early Music Showcase will be advertised in 3 issues of APAP’s “Inside Arts” magazine and listed in the Showcase Listings program book and on the APAP web site. EMA and GEMS will also publicize the concert on their own websites, via broadcast emails, and with invitations at the conference.

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

By Nov. 15, 2008

Maria Coldwell, Executive Director
Early Music America
2366 Eastlake Ave. E. #429
Seattle, WA 98102
206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT
Fax: 206-720-6290

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.


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