Call for Proposals: Spring 2022 Sanctuary Salon Concert


For many years, the Bay Area has been synonymous with early music, partly because of the many artists who have made it their home.

SFEMS is issuing a call for proposals by local artists and ensembles for our spring Sanctuary Salon Concert, currently scheduled in-person for the afternoon of Saturday, April 23, 2022 at First Church Berkeley. With guarded hope for a continued easing out of the pandemic, our theme for this concert is “rebirth and renewal.”

To showcase as many artists as possible, three to four ensembles will be chosen by the SFEMS Concert Committee to present 15- to 20-minute “mini-programs.” Musical excellence through a historically informed approach remains our paramount consideration, along with presenting from a variety of styles and periods.

Sanctuary Salon Proposal Submission Form

The concert will be filmed, and available on demand to SFEMS audience members for a limited time, whereafter artists and ensembles may use performance excerpts for publicity purposes.

Each artist will be compensated $200, up to four artists per ensemble.

SFEMS will continue to follow local and state guidelines around Covid-19, as well as institute additional measures as it deems necessary.

Proposals should be sent electronically to the Concert Committee, in the care of committee chair Joyce Johnson Hamilton, using the online Concert Proposal Submission Form above. The deadline for receiving concert proposals is Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.

In the proposal form, artists and ensembles should be prepared to provide:

  • artist or ensemble name, contact person (with email and phone), and personnel;
  • at least one, and up to three, program titles and descriptions for programs approximately 15–20 minutes in length;
  • links to video and audio, when available

As with our 2022–23 concert proposals, we are actively seeking to present ensembles that specialize in preserving and promoting non-Western traditional music, in addition to historically informed concerts of Western European music from the Medieval and Renaissance periods through the early Classical era.

In a further effort to include a broader range of artists, we are also seeking more proposals from performers of color, as well as ensembles of emerging professional musicians.