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UPDATED September 14, 2020: Relief fund grant recipients may apply for a sixth grant one month after the date they turned in their fifth grant applications. If you have continuing need, please resubmit your application with documentation demonstrating your continuing need.
First-, second-, third-, fourth- and fifth- time grant applicants will receive priority. (You may file for continuing grants one month after the day you turned in your previous application).
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks an unprecedented financial toll on the world economy, our local early music freelancers have been particularly hit hard. Months of work have dried up in days, leaving many musicians on the brink of financial ruin.
In an effort to help our musicians, the SFEMS board has taken the lead in setting up a short-term relief fund for local early music freelancers. Since then, we have received over $50,000 in donations (as of August 10, 2020). This fund will provide one-time, first-come first-served $250 grants to musicians in need, and will do so until funds run out.
So that we can make more grants available, please consider a donation to the relief fund to support the musicians that have made the Bay Area an internationally-renowned center for early music. Click below, and please select “(8) Early Music Freelancers’ Relief Fund when making your gift!”