Since 2010, Early Music America (EMA) has been proud to bring together college and university ensembles throughout North America to perform on the fringe of the nation's leading early music festivals in Boston, MA and Berkeley, CA.
As EMA seeks to reach more of its membership across North America, the board has taken the initiative to bring our 8th-Annual Young Performers Festival (YPF) to America’s heartland. For the first time in 2018, EMA will join forces with the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute has supported early music for more than four decades, and the Bloomington community has a substantial audience uniquely devoted to historical performance. That audience is already looking forward with great enthusiasm to the arrival of EMA and YPF next May.
In addition to the annual Young Performers Festival, EMA is excited to announce its first-ever Emerging Artists Showcase. The Showcase will go beyond the university level already represented by YPF to serve the broadest possible range of artists. The term “emerging artist” can include historically informed performers of all types, without respect to age. Applicants will be asked to describe how they see the future of historical performance taking shape, and to define how their role as artists and ensembles aligns with that future vision. Applicants submitting programs that move beyond the traditional Western classical canon, but fall within the same historical range (to ca.1820), will also be considered.
EMA will select 4-6 successful applicants to perform in two evening concerts, slated for May 25 & 26, 2018. EMA will cover the cost of the venue rental, offer financial travel assistance and promote all national publicity: EMAg—the Magazine of Early Music America, e-newsletter, E-Notes, as well as the organzation’s website and its connected social media accounts. We will also offer a one-year complimentary EMA membership to selected Showcase applicants.
In collaboration with BLEMF’s media sponsor, WFIU-FM, Showcase concerts will be recorded for broadcast and/or live-streamed. In addition to performing as featured artists at BLEMF, musicians will join YPF performers in special workshop sessions focused on entrepreneurship and career development, sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Career Development at the IU Jacobs School of Music, and led by leading luminaries and presenters in the field.
As we move forward with the Emerging Artists Showcase, EMA's hope is that together, we can offer soloists and ensembles a supportive, stimulating environment in which to grow and flourish. We look forward to presenting exciting concerts that reflect the future of historical performance in North America.
Please read the following guidelines for application carefully. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, 2017.
1) Eligible applications are of two types: either an unaccompanied soloist OR an ensemble of two or more performers:
-No individual performer may be included in more than one application (e.g. Jane Smith is a member of Ensemble A and Ensemble B. Only one of the ensembles may apply with her as a member. Likewise, if Ensemble A applies, Jane may not apply separately as an unaccompanied soloist).
-An unaccompanied soloist is defined as a performance with one person on the stage. Any other configuration must apply as an ensemble including the names of all other participants.
2) All applicants must be residents of USA or Canada. Citizenship not required.
3) Although the term "early music" is understood in different ways, for the purposes of this Showcase, it involves the following criteria:
-Applications must feature repertory composed no later than ca. 1820.
-Due interpretive attention must be given to matters of historical performance practice.
-Performances on modern instruments will not be accepted.
4) "Emerging artists" means artists of any age who have not otherwise performed regularly in major festivals or concert series.
5) Applicants will be allotted 30-45 minutes during the Showcase performance, which will draw only from repertory specified in the application as submitted. Please do not submit selections that you do not intend to perform within your Showcase program.
6) Applicants may not apply for both the Young Performers Festival & the Emerging Artists Showcase. University-funded applicants should apply only for YPF (e.g. The EMA University Ensemble is applying for YPF. Jane Smith is a student of the EMA University and a member of the EMA University Ensemble. Jane is also a member of her own ensemble, Bach 1800. Bach 1800 is not funded by a university. Jane's ensemble, Bach 1800, is still eligible to apply to the Showcase even though EMA University Ensemble is applying for YPF and Jane will be performing with them as well).
7) Applicants do not have to be a member of EMA in order to apply.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 11:59pm ET
We highly encourage all applicants to submit your application at least ONE WEEK prior to the deadline in case there are any issues with your application, so we can resolve them in a timely matter before the deadline. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY APPLICATIONS AFTER THE DEADLINE. PLEASE DO NOT ASK US TO MAKE ANY EXCEPTIONS.
All required materials MUST be submitted via this form. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION OR ANY ATTACHMENTS VIA EMAIL. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT IT.
A panel of three judges, designated by EMA, will assess all applications. The judges will not be members of the board, or directly affiliated with any of the applicants. All applications will be judged anonymously. Selections will be based on the strength of the application and the quality of the recorded performances. In addition, applications will be chosen with the objective of creating an exciting and varied Showcase performance.
Those selected for the Emerging Artist Showcase will be notified by December 22, 2017.