05/04/15

CHAMBER MUSIC AMERICA ANNOUNCES 2015 RESIDENCY PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

For Immediate Release
Contact: Susan Dadian
sdadian@chamber-music.org
(212) 242-2022 Ext. 102

$100,000 to be distributed to eleven organizations for community-based residencies

NEW YORK, NY (May 4, 2015)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of its 2015 Residency Partnership Program, which supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects.

A total of $100,000 has been awarded to three ensembles and eight non-profit presenting organizations for projects that engage audiences beyond the concert hall and in community settings, with the goal of increasing awareness of and appreciation for small-ensemble music. The Residency Partnership Program is supported by the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

The 2015 grantees are: the Aeolus Quartet (NY); Arts for Art (NY) and the jazz trio Farmers by Nature; Creative Alliance (MD) partnering with the Arab music ensemble Zikrayat; Juneau Jazz and Classics (AK) with Third Coast Percussion; New Orleans Friends of Music (LA) and Imani Winds; the PRISM Quartet (PA); Quad City Arts (IL) with WindSync; Quintet of the Americas (NY); Reif Arts Council (MI) and the Artaria String Quartet; the University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series (DE) with 6ixwire Project, an erhu and violin duo; and Western Michigan University (MI) with the Western Jazz Quartet.

Hundreds of people in communities across the country will have the opportunity to experience live chamber music performed by some of the most adventurous and innovative ensembles of our time. Activities will range from presentations in schools to collaborations with museums and youth groups as well as senior centers, libraries, and shelters.

The Aeolus Quartet was chosen to receive the 2015 Guarneri String Quartet Residency, which recognizes the artistic excellence of a young string quartet grantee. The residency was endowed in 2005 by the Sewell Family Foundation to honor the Guarneri String Quartet on the occasion of its 40th Anniversary.

For more information about CMA’s grant programs, including past grantees and projects, please visit www.chamber-music.org.

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen the chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine, and a website, www.chamber-music.org.