Classical Commissioning Program
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
Residency Partnership Program
The Residency Partnership Program supports 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 music activities intended for college- or conservatory-level music students. Projects must take place in the U.S. or its territories.
The length of the residencies ranges from a minimum of three days to one year. Grants support up to 75 percent of expenses directly connected to the project. The balance must be drawn from other sources, such as cash from other grants, earned income, or an allocation from the organization's general operating funds.
$2,500 to $6,000
$5,000 to $12,000
Supported by the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund
For More Information
Planning a Residency
Program Evaluation -- and Why It Shouldn't Scare You
Guarneri String Quartet Residency
Each year one residency project featuring a classical string quartet is chosen as the Guarneri String Quartet Residency, made possible by the Sewell Family Foundation. The recipient string quartet is selected in the final round of the review process, based on its artistry as demonstrated on the CD-R Work Sample. No separate application is required, and no additional funding is awarded.