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Invitation for Concert Proposals
The San Francisco Early Music Society (SFEMS) has issued a request for proposals from individuals and ensembles interested in appearing on the 2013-14 annual SFEMS concert series.
SFEMS will present seven concert events (each repeated in three venues) during its next concert series, from September 2013 through April 2014. At least three of the presentations will be by local ensembles. (It is SFEMS policy that the term local includes ensembles based within 180 miles of San Francisco. Acknowledging that early music organizations are often comprised of national and international personalities, such an organization may be considered local if it consists of major membership and activity within the Bay Area. That is, an organization can be considered local even if only one member is based in the Bay Area, so long as that member is central to the organization.)
SFEMS welcomes all proposals that could interest its audiences. It primarily presents music from the Middle Ages through 1800, performed on period instruments.
Proposals should be sent to the Concert Committee, SFEMS, P.O. Box 27495, San Francisco, CA 94127-0495, by October 15, 2012. The Concert Committee has stressed that the submission deadline of October 15 will be strictly observed in order to facilitate early season planning. Questions about procedures and deadlines should be directed to the Concert Committee at 510-528-1725 or at email@example.com.
Selection decisions will be made in late October, 2012, and ensembles chosen will be notified by mid-November.
Local ensembles will be selected though the procedures described in detail below. Unlike most concert presenters around the world, SFEMS goes to great lengths to give all local ensembles a fair and equal opportunity to play. An anonymous and impartial Audition Panel recommends local groups to the Concert Committee based solely on the quality of the performances submitted. The Committee selects local groups from those recommended by the Audition Panel.
Local ensembles may submit proposals that include out-of-town or foreign guest artists. (Please be advised that SFEMS cannot help non-U.S. citizens obtain visas to perform in the U.S.)
Proposals must include a CD of unedited music and a written description of the programs and performers proposed. The CD should include not fewer than 15 and no more than 30 minutes of material. Only one CD may be submitted by each ensemble. The audio tracks on the CD should fairly represent the proposed performers. The CD should be labeled with the name of the ensemble, and the music contained and performers included on the disc should be listed on the CD liner/case. The best material should be placed at the beginning of the CD. In the case of long works, excerpts may be included. Commercially produced recordings will not be considered. Edited performances may not be considered. The proposal must also include a detailed list of instruments to be used, including date of manufacture, style, original instrument after which modeled, and name of maker.
CDs will be returned only if expressly requested and a suitable self-addressed, postage pre-paid mailing envelope is provided or arrangements are made for pick up in person.
Each ensemble must represent that all performers named in its proposals have agreed to participate and must give one person authority to conclude arrangements with SFEMS.
Compensation for local groups will consist of a 45/55 split rather than a fixed fee. Compensation for out-of-town artists will be limited to half of the total cost.
Proposals by non-local ensembles will be considered separately from the above process by the Concert Committee. Such ensembles should submit their proposals to SFEMS as soon as possible, and no later than October 15, 2012. There is no required format for submissions by non-local ensembles. Please be advised that SFEMS cannot help non-U.S. citizens obtain visas to perform in the U.S.
Last updated 09/12/2012.