Collegium Musicum Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

9 Oct 2008

(SEATTLE, WA)-EMA Collegium Musicum Grant for Early Music Festival Performance applications are now being accepted.

Description of the Grant:

Early Music America will offer a grant of $1000 for the purpose of helping to bring a collegium musicum to either the Boston Early Music Festival (odd-numbered years) or the Berkeley Festival (even-numbered years) to perform a Fringe Concert.


  • Applicants must be directors of college or university early music ensembles from schools in the US or Canada. Although the term “collegium musicum” is used in different ways at different institutions, for purposes of this award it is used to denote an ensemble that a) devotes its attention primarily to music before ca. 1750, b) gives attention to matters of historical performance, and c) performs on period instruments if instruments are used.
  • The majority of participants must be students enrolled in a degree program at the school. 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 and as long as they are fewer than one third of those who perform in the festival concert.
  • The director of the ensemble must be a member of EMA or the school must be an organizational member.

Timetable and Application Process:

Applications will be due by Dec. 1, 2008. The winner will be selected by January 1, 2009. (The Boston Festival is June 8-14, 2009.)

Those interested in applying for the grant should submit:

  • A letter of application.
  • Four copies of a recording of the ensemble from live performances, no longer than 30 minutes in length on unlabeled CDs. The recording need not be the same program as would be performed at the festival, nor need it feature the exact same performers (it is assumed that student ensembles change somewhat in their membership from year to year), but a substantial number of the performers should be the same, and the performance should represent the level and quality of performance that could be expected.
  • Four paper copies of the program of music recorded on the CD, with no school name or directors’ names included, and one copy of the program including the names of all performers.
  • Four paper copies of the director’s name(s), address, phone number, email address, and a brief general description of the program that would be performed at the festival. More than one possible program may be proposed. (Note: Fringe festival performances are sometimes limited to one hour in length.)


An anonymous panel of 3 judges, selected by EMA, will choose the ensemble to receive the grant, based on performance quality of the recordings. The judges will also name a runner-up, which will be offered the award if first ensemble selected is unable to follow through with its plans to use the grant.


The winner will receive a $1,000 grant for the purpose of bringing the ensemble to the Boston Festival in June 2009 to present a Fringe concert. EMA will also provide limited publicity and other support for the concert.


EMA recognizes that the amount of the grant will not in most cases provide sufficient funds to cover the complete cost of bringing an ensemble to the festival. The purpose of the grant is to provide “seed money” which the director can then take to the department chair or dean seeking additional travel funds. If the recipient of the grant finds that he or she is unable to secure adequate funding to make the appearance at the festival possible or is unable to follow through for any other reason, EMA should be notified as soon as possible so that the award may be offered to a runner-up.

Both Berkeley and Boston festivals offer a number of excellent venues for fringe festival performances. Although it will be the responsibility of the director to secure a venue for the performance, the EMA office can provide suggestions and contact information.

All materials should be sent to:

EMA Collegium Musicum Festival Performance Grant
2366 Eastlake Ave. E. #429
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 720-6270
(206) 720-6290 (fax)