Call for Proposals: Spring 2021 Local Livestreams


No additional submissions are being accepted at this time. SFEMS will issue a request for proposals for the 2021–22 main stage concert series at a later date.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, SFEMS has remained committed to serving the Bay Area early music community. As we continue to provide virtual musical events to our community through this time, SFEMS is issuing a call for proposals for live-streamed or pre-recorded programs by local (i.e. Bay Area resident) artists and ensembles for the spring of 2021. Unless there is a drastic shift in restrictions and the course of the pandemic, we do not expect to present concerts with live audiences.

While there remain many unknowns—the live-stream concerts will be scheduled as local regulations and other circumstances permit—SFEMS intends to offer:

  • a venue for streaming/recording;
  • audio and video engineering;
  • a guarantee of $350/musician, for up to five musicians (compensation for additional artists can be discussed)

We ask that any proposals submitted give due consideration towards minimizing the risk of viral exposure (e.g. programs with multiple singers or wind/brass instruments can present higher levels of risk).

While musical excellence through a historically informed approach remains our paramount consideration, additional consideration will be given to programs that imaginatively take advantage of the virtual medium. Through our fall programming, we have found that programs of approximately 40-50 minutes, interspersed with brief talking and followed by a live Q&A, have proven the most attractive to our audiences.

We hope to make this proposal process as simple as possible. A proposal must include:

  • name of ensemble;
  • title of program;
  • names of musicians/instruments;
  • list of proposed pieces;
  • short description (1–2 paragraphs) of the proposed program
  • (optional) links to video and audio

Please send all proposals for consideration by the Concert Committee by end of day Friday, January 29, 2021, to Joyce Johnson Hamilton, SFEMS president, at