Support EMSI

In addition to funding from memberships, grants, and sponsorships, the Society accepts gifts of cash and in-kind donation to sustain its operations and assure its long-term sustainability. These gifts help to underwrite the the concert season and to promote the appreciation of Early Music in the community.

Tax-deductible donations, may be made to either the operating fund or the Early Music Society of the Islands Endowment Fund.

Please contact our Treasurer and Fundraising Director, for information on allocating your donation or bequest to the Society.

For guidance relating to gifts in support of a specific concert, the Executive and Artistic Director Bill Jamieson would be pleased to discuss the opportunities available.

Donate to the Society’s Future

The EMSI Endowment Fund is managed on our behalf by the Victoria Foundation. Each year a portion of the investment income is given as an operating grant to EMSI and the balance reinvested. Recently, these grants have been eligible to receive up to 100% in matching funds from government arts initiatives. The monies assist us in our season, allowing us to present artists who would otherwise be unaffordable.

Gifts to the Endowment Fund can be made:

♦   by mail (cheque payable to “Early Music Society of the Islands – Endowment Fund”) to:
EMSI Donations
c/o Victoria Foundation,
109-645 Fort St., Victoria BC, V8W 1G2
♦    online: scroll down to donate through Canada Helps with your credit card or PayPal. Choose “Early Music Endowment Fund” from the drop-down menu.

Sponsor a Concert or an Artist

Donations of $1,000 or more to the operating fund can be dedicated to a concert of your choice.  With a donation of $500 or more, you can sponsor your favorite member of a visiting ensemble.

Let us know when you make a donation, and we will be happy to acknowledge the sponsorship from the stage, in the concert program, and on our website. That acknowledgement will demonstrate your support for EMSI and encourage similar support from others.

Donate to the Operating Fund

Gifts to the Operating Fund can be made:

♦    online: scroll down to make a single or monthly donation through Canada Helps with your credit card or PayPal. Select “Annual Operating Fund” from the drop-down menu.
♦    through your employer with Canada Helps. If your employer participates in the United Way or similar employee campaign, you can indicate “Early Music Society of the Islands 11889-0367-RR0001” on your pledge card.

Planned Gifts

Along with their love and respect of the genre, early music supporters often share a keen sense of history and legacy.
You have enjoyed our concerts over the years and your planned gift is a living reminder of your wish to carry that support of the Society into the future.
Regardless of current assets or income, you can set up a Legacy plan.
Many forms of gifts are possible:

  • bequests in wills
  • life insurance
  • direct designation of RRSPs, RIFs, Tax Free Savings Accounts
  • donor advised funds
  • publicly listed securities
  • private company shares
  • land

A most helpful Victoria Foundation guide to exploring giving options can be found here.

For further information you can contact the Society’s Fundraising Director

The Victoria Foundation
#200 – 703 Broughton Street,
Victoria, BC, V8W 1E2

Corporate Sponsorships

The Society welcomes company sponsorship.
Contact us to discuss how a partnership could enhance your business.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting early music on southern Vancouver Island!

To discuss how you would like to support EMSI, please contact the Society: