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“In recent years, Renaissance and Baroque performance in the city has gained
momentum, not least through the vigorous advocacy of a group called
Gotham Early Music Scene.
— Alex Ross, “The New Yorker,” April 15, 2013

GEMS continues to receive requests from artists and presenters for services to engage YOU, the music lover, at an increasing rate. We must keep prices affordable for our clients (many of whom are small ensembles or individuals), and that often does not cover our costs, even as a non-profit.

As you know, the classical arts in our culture cannot support themselves. We're grateful for grants from the NYS Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and private foundations. But most of our support comes from individuals like you! Please give today.


172 MLCC 2012 12 13 005 balcony shot M cropped My Lord Chamberlain's Consort at Saint Peter's Church

The GEMS General fund supports the following projects, among others:

We are well into the seventeenth season (our third) of Midtown Concerts (photo of My Lord Chamberlain's Consort to the right). Please help us provide stipends for the performers of these 30+ annual concerts and keep the series free of charge.

To continue to serve the community effectively, GEMS needs to make some critical infrastructure improvements, including a faster computer. Last season, we installed new, powerful ticketing software to serve you better. Your help will further professionalize early music concert-going in New York, continuing to build our audience.

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Or mail your gift to:

Gotham Early Music Scene
340 Riverside Drive, Ste. 1-A
New York, NY 10025

Your donation is fully tax-deductible, and provides critical support of our mission.

Giving just takes a minute, and goes a very long way.

Organizations we have served

159 Repast 2009 3 in Repast Baroque EnsembleWe maintain mailing lists, email lists, a website, and copy writing services that are critical to publicizing the City's wealth of early music activity. These services have been engaged by over 140 organizations, including the City's small medieval and Renaissance ensembles, baroque and classical orchestras, and major presenters such as The Frick Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall.

324 SNY with John 05 30 08 cropped4.5 in Sinfonia New YorkWe provide "front of house" services including ticket sales, credit card processing, and ushering to the many musical groups who present their own concerts and series.

We underwrite large blocks of free tickets enabling everyone to attend concerts.

299 xAPAP GEMS booth with Wendy Naomi 4 in 100 dpiGEMS Live! booth at APAP ConferenceGEMS Live!, our artist booking agency, secures coveted performing engagements for New York groups in the United States and abroad. We have booked over 125 engagements in venues from Vancouver, B.C. to Miami, Florida and all points in between!

288 S Cool Sounds EB concert 1 web 72dpi x 4in Nina Stern Conducting a S'Cool Sounds EnsembleGEMS education program, S'Cool Sounds, is an innovative, highly effective program directed by renowned clarinetist and recorder player Nina Stern. S'Cool Sounds brings Nina and her colleagues into New York City school classrooms from K to 5 to teach an entire class how to play recorder or drums over a 15 to 30 week period. Funds are needed for instruments, travel expenses, and of course teacher salaries. Help us build tomorrow's audiences!

Click below to donate directly to S'Cool Sounds

GEMS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. NYC Charities Bureau Reg. # 40-71-53.
Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law.

Donate online securely through Vendini using your credit card or call us at 212-866-0468.


Send a check to:

Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc.
340 Riverside Drive, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10025

Organizations we have served

GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.