Eric Tonyes, President & Founder
See Eric’s interview with Gianna Volpe for everything you need to know about him and the East End Music Alliance.
The East End Music Alliance (EEMA) is a community 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded and funded by local musicians who are passionate about our beautiful East End and who welcome the continuing development of our home but are also determined to preserve the community character of it.
We offer a wide array of provisions for musicians of all demographics and experience. If Whether you need to rent equipment/gear for a gig, need publication or legal assistance, are seeking lessons for; guitar, drums, bass, piano, vocals(both contemporary and classical), or just about any other instrument, you can rest assured we will point you in the right direction.
We host a outstandingly popular open mic night at The Green Hill Kitchen in Greenport every Thursday at 7pm. Every week we have a super fun night jam packed with amazingly talented performers both young up-in-comers and seasoned veterans. Musicians, poets, and comics welcome. Come on come all!
Every Thursday morning at 10am we co-host a weekly radio segment on 88.3 WPPB FM, Long Islands only NPR station, featuring a live on-air interview and performance from a local musician. That same musician will then feature a double-set at our open mic later that night.
When I first emerged onto the local music scene a little over a year ago I was amazed by how densely populated the East End is with amazing musical talent. I was also taken aback by the lack of any organization to represent them. It was clear to me that the East End needed a kind of ‘music collective’, something that didn’t hinge on any particular genre or demographic. So I started tossing the idea around and before I knew if people I did’t even mention the idea to were approaching me left and right about it.
As someone who has called the East End there home since they learnt to speak, more then two decades ago, I am more proud than ever to call myself an East Ender but I can also clearly see the potentially damaging side effects of the direction our community has taken. This is why encouraging everyone to get active in there community any way that they can is a big part of what EEMA is all about. Get educated, stand up for what you believe in, join an organization that aligned with you passions, be kind, be loving, and support your community.