2019 Emerging Artists Showcase Application
Early Music America (EMA) launched the Emerging Artists Showcase in 2018 during the Bloomington Early Music Festival (BLEMF) and will return once again to Bloomington May 22-24, 2019. The Showcase goes beyond the high school and university levels already represented by EMA's Young Performers Festival (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 are 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), are encouraged to apply.


EMA and BLEMF will present a concert for each selected ensemble or artist, to be livestreamed and recorded for future broadcast on WFIU Public Radio. We will also offer financial assistance for travel and help with finding accommodation. EMA and BLEMF will produce national publicity for both the Festival and the Showcase and promote musicians by way of EMAg—the Magazine of Early Music America, EMA’s Weekly E-Notes, as well as on EMA and BLEMF’s website and social media accounts.

In addition to performing during the Showcase at BLEMF, the selected musicians will participate in 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. We are also planning additional networking events for 2019.

As we move forward with the Festival & Showcase, our hope is that we can offer soloists and ensembles a supportive and stimulating environment in which they can grow and flourish. We look forward to presenting dynamic concerts that reflect the future of historical performance in North America.

Please read the following guidelines for the application carefully. Please note that a Google account IS REQUIRED to upload performance materials to your application. If you do not have access to a Google Account, please email info@earlymusicamerica.org no later than November 1, 2018.

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