Weekly Newsletter 

January 4, 2020 — The Bay Area Early Music Digest 
This week in Early Music: 

A Note From Us

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As we usher in a new year, we are looking forward to a calendar full of (virtual) early music. Thank you for your financial generosity as we closed the book on 2020, and please don't forget to sign up for our very affordable spring classes on early music, which start in less than two weeks!

There truly is something for everyone: Whether you are just beginning your journey into early music appreciation, or are a master of mensuration or a viol virtuoso, we hope you'll join us on online.
Welcome to 2021!

Derek Tam, Executive Director

Spring Classes Start January 16—Something for Everyone!

Our new roster of exciting classes are here! These classes will have something for everybody, from lectures and demonstrations to play-along sessions.

Listen, practice, dance, ask questions, and interact directly with our faculty members—there's something for everyone! Enroll at!

Thank You for Your Support!

A new year is here and we could not have ended it better! On behalf of the SFEMS board and staff, we are grateful for your support of all the work we did in 2020, as well as all we plan to do this new year. We're excited to get to work and make more musical magic!

Early Music Freelancers' Relief Fund—Ninth Round Now Open

Relief fund grant recipients may apply for a ninth grant one month after the date they turned in their eighth grant applications. If you have continuing need, please resubmit your application with documentation demonstrating your continuing need.

First-time grant applicants, as well as repeat applicants who have received fewer than eight grants, will receive priority. (You may file for a 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. This fund will provide one-time, first-come, first-served $250 grants to musicians in need, and will do so until funds run out.

Learn How to Renew Your SFEMS Membership Step-By-Step

Excited about becoming a member or renewing your membership? SFEMS Marketing Communications Manager Lorena Zapata will guide you step-by-step through the process online!
If your membership renewal is due in the next several months but you are encountering financial difficulties, please contact administrator Stacey Helley at No membership will lapse during the current crisis if we are informed that you would like to continue being a SFEMS member.

To find out your membership status online, log in on our membership page. (N.B. If you use a different login email address than previously on record, please note that it will create a new, separate profile for you that will not have any membership data.)

You will then be prompted to update your contact information. If there is no change, please click "save and continue."

On the next screen, you will be able to see your membership level and expiration date if you are a current member. You may renew a membership within 30 days prior to the expiration date.

Still not sure? Watch this handy video!

Early Music Corner: Music of the Tang Dynasty

Explore a different facet of the early music world each week!
Discover traditional Chinese music with this special presentation from Early Music Vancouver!
Join Vancouver-based Silk Road Music as they present a delightful, hour-long program of traditional Chinese music, with a focus on the music of the Tang Dynasty (618–907)! 

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This Week's Events

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For events, email SFEMS's Marketing Communications Manager, Lorena Zapata at Please submit listings no later than the Tuesday before the Monday publication.
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