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:

Sponsored Events

BESSI: Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island

7th April 2021 7pm

Carolyn Hatch violin
Bo Curtis flute
Kerry Graham bassoon and recorder
Christina Hutten harpsichord
Paula Kiffner cello

BESSI (the Baroque Ensemble of Salt Spring Island) is a small instrumental ensemble dedicated to the performance of Baroque music. The group was formed in August, 2020 and arose from a need for local musicians to continue playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of players was purposely kept small, in this way the musicians could join together and play the music they love, while staying apart and following the required provincial health protocols.

This performance was recorded at Beaver Point Hall on Salt Spring Island in February, 2021, and it is being released as part of a larger 4-part virtual series SSB Connects 2021, presented by the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society. The program includes pieces by baroque composers, Telemann, Matteis, Vivaldi, Boismortier and Loeillet.

The concert will be premiered on YouTube on April 7th, 2021 pm at 7:00 pm and can also be accessed through the Salt Spring Baroque Music Society website by clicking on SSB Connects 2021. The concert is free to watch, but donations are welcome.