Innovative support for local early music performers

Do you have an early music project that needs support? We are here to help!

The Early Music Community Connection (E=mc2 ), can support your project in a variety of ways:

  • protection against financial loss
  • no-charge instrument loans
  • no-charge online promotion and ticketing (subject to modest credit card fees)
  • venue liability insurance
  • low-cost use of recording equipment and sound engineer
  • practical and artistic advice
  • co-ordination of volunteer assistance for front-of-house and other logistics

The Early Music Society of the Islands has created this unique new program with the goal of encouraging and supporting local musicians and musical organizations mounting early music concerts and other events.

Professional and amateur musicians on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are invited to apply.

To qualify for support, you must be planning a public event that features music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance or Baroque periods. No audition is required. We want to encourage musicians of all levels and experience.

Financial assistance will be limited to an annual (June through May) funded total, and granted on a first-come-first-serve basis (see details in the documentation package).

We welcome applications all year round. Please contact us to request a documentation package:

Upcoming Events

No E=mc2 events are currently scheduled. Please contact EMSI if you would like to present your own early music concert!

Past Events

The Salt Spring Baroque Music Society presented two sold-out performances of Summer Baroque in the Trees in August 2021, with Carolyn Hatch (baroque violin), Edgar Bridwell (baroque violin & guitar), Kerry Graham (baroque bassoon & recorder) & Anne Duranceau (viola da gamba & hackbrett).

The Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island presented their inaugural concert, recorded at Beaver Point Hall, in April 2021. The program, featuring music by Telemann, Matteis, Vivaldi, Boismortier and Loeillet, is still available on the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society website.