Classical Commissioning Program

Application Deadline: 03/20/16

Support to CMA member ensembles and presenters for commissions of new chamber works.


Grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, generally without a conductor, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.


The new composition must be performed a minimum of three times in the U.S.


Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.


Manage Your Grant
Application Workshop Presentation [PowerPoint | PDF]

Grant Recipients


Residency Partnership Program

Application Deadline: 11/06/15

Please note: Application cycle is currently closed.


The Residency Partnership Program supports professional ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects. Funding is intended for activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. Activities may include, but are not limited to, interactive or audience engagement programs in classrooms (preschool through high school), libraries, hospitals, senior centers, or other community venues. The program does not support private lessons or coachings for K-12 students, or music activities intended for college- or conservatory-level music students.


New this year: Applications must be submitted online.


This program is supported by the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund.


FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Presentation (PowerPoint) (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients for Classical/Contemporary

Grant Recipients for Jazz


Manage Your Grant


More Information


Staff Contacts:

Susan Dadian, program director, CMA Classical/Contemporary