Dear Friend of Early Music,

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Since its founding nearly forty years ago, the mission of the San Francisco Early Music Society has been to support and nurture early music in the Bay Area, promoting the next generation of artists and working to build the audiences to receive them. In this time SFEMS has presented the world’s greatest exponents of historical performance on our concert series, offered annual summer workshops that attract students of all ages from around the globe, sustained an affiliate program to help all lovers of early music, whether recreational or professional, pursue their projects, incubated several of the Bay Area’s most prominent musical performing groups, and co-produced the biennial Berkeley Festival and Exhibition.

We are always seeking new and better ways to enrich our community through concerts, education, and co-operation with other organizations. This year, in partnership with the Jazzschool in Berkeley, SFEMS is producing a new series of informal Sunday afternoon concerts. These performances focus on the delights of improvisation, a common feature of both early music and jazz, and are introducing the world of historically informed music making to a new audience while challenging our traditional audience to experience early music in new and fascinating ways.

Also, this coming June, for the very first time, SFEMS will be the principal producer of the internationally acclaimed Berkeley Festival. Early Music America will join us in presenting its annual Exhibition & Marketplace of instruments, music, recordings, and accessories, as well as its acclaimed Young Performers Festival, and the Festival Fringe will provide a wealth of self-produced concerts by local and visiting performers.

We have begun preparations for the 2014 Festival, as board member Robert Cole has led us in assembling a marvelous series of concerts for the Festival week (see the listings at http://www.berkeleyfestival.org.). However, to fully meet the new leadership challenge of producing the Festival, SFEMS needs to raise $100,000 above and beyond our usual operating budget. The good news is that we have already made significant progress towards achieving this goal, and we are continuing to seek funding from a variety of sources. However, the bulk of our support will need to come—as it always does—from within our early music community, from people like you.

With this exciting new challenge before us, your support is more necessary, welcome and vital to our ongoing success than ever. If you have given to SFEMS in the past, please consider contributing at a higher level this year. If you have not given in the past, please consider making your first donation now. Every gift is very important to us, and every gift, no matter the size, will help SFEMS keep early music fresh and dynamic throughout the Bay Area. Please give generously!

Thank you so much for your support!
Sincerely,

John Signature1

John Phillips
President, SFEMS

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