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Early Music Guild 

Description

The Early Music Guild (EMG) is Seattle's largest presenter of early music and related educational programs. Its mainstage events have included the International Series and Seattle Baroque Orchestra at Town Hall and Baroque Opera at the Moore Theatre and other venues. 

EMG also presents a wide range of outreach and educational activities for students, adult participants, families, and new audiences. They include the Community Collegia program for adult amateur musicians, Early Music Fridays concerts at Northlake Unitarian Church in Kirkland, First Tuesdays concerts at Trinity Parish Church, Early Music Discovery for families at Town Hall, and the School Program in area elementary schools.
Mission Statement
The Early Music Guild of Seattle seeks to awaken contemporary audiences to the vitality of music from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century. Through historically informed performances, recordings, support and education, we foster awareness and appreciation of this music, which not only illuminates past eras, but also provides a unique lens through which to view our own.
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Early Music Guild
2366 Eastlake Ave E Ste 325 
Seattle 
WA
98102-3399 
(206) 325-7066 

August Denhard 
Executive Director 

Programs

Early Music Guild Programs

Early Music Guild's five-concert International Series has presented the world's greatest early music performmances to Seattle audiences for 36 years. The series is in residence at Town Hall Seattle.

The Early Music Guild presents the Seattle Baroque Orchestra in four concerts annually at Town Hall. Seattle Baroque Orchestra merged with the Early Music Guild on July 1, 2010 and is now a program of the Early Music Guild. The series is in residence at Town Hall Seattle.  

Early Music Guild's First Tuesdays concerts and Early Music Fridays concerts present 10 concerts annually by the Pacific Northwest's community of professional early music performers. Concerts are presented in partnership with Trinity Parish Church at 8th and James in Seattle (First Tuesday) and Northlake Unitarian Church in Kirkland (Early Music Fridays).

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Recent Success
On July 1, 2010, the Early Music Guild merged with the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, one of only a few non-profit arts mergers in recent history in this region. The merger has been an unqualified success, with board members, artistic directors, staff, audiences, and contributors working together to present great performances of early music in Seattle and the broader region.    

Current Challenge
The Early Music Guild is engaged in a search for a new Music Director for the Seattle Baroque Orechestra. Over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, seven director candidates will visit Seattle to direct the orchestra. The director will be appointed in early 2015. Our audience and organization are embracing this process and supporting the transition to new leadership.

Evaluation


Early Music Guild (EMG) presents early music and related educational programs.

Access
Based on the success of their First Tuesdays series at Trinity Parish Church in Seattle, in October 2010 they created a new early music series on the same model – Early Music Fridays at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirkland. Attendance has equaled that of the more established First Tuesdays series. The series is developing a new audience for early music on the Eastside. The School Program is serving students at Cherry Crest Elementary, Orca K-8 and John Muir Elementary.

Collaboration
EMG has partnered with Seattle Theatre Group, Spectrum Dance Theater, St James Cathedral, and other local arts presenters and venues.

Sustainability
EMG merged with Seattle Baroque Orchestra on July 1, 2010. The combined board is reenergized and the artistic goals are aligned. There is a loyal audience and donor base that have come together to support this merger.  The merger has diversified their artistic offerings, broadened their audience both numerically and demographically, and introduced new opportunities for artistic growth.  

The organization is midway through a search for a new Music Director for the Seattle Baroque Orchestra. The new director will be selected on the basis excellence and will be charged with expanding audience and support for the Seattle Baroque Orchestra.  

Financial Health
Their annual budget has nearly doubled with the merger with Seattle Baroque Orchestra. Their current (2013-14) season is on track for both income and expenses and they expect to end the year with a balanced budget. The Board of Directors recently announced a challenge to the donor base, pledging $25,000 to match new and increased donations received before June 2014.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
9/10/2013 $5,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2010 $12,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2008 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/5/2006 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.

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