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Classical Commissioning Program

       
Application Deadline: 04/29/18

 

Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. Grants are provided for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers. The program supports works scored for 2–10 musicians performing one per part, composed in any of the musical styles associated with contemporary classical music.

 

The CMA Board of Directors has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work. CMA seeks to fulfill its vision for the future, where people of all races, religions, genders, and abilities are able to fully participate in the performance, presentation, and enjoyment of the many styles of small ensemble music. (Read CMA's Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.)

 

Women, gender non-conforming, and ALAANA composers have historically been under-represented in the Classical Commissioning program. Since 1983, only 70 of the 205 commissions made through this program have been composed by women or ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) composers. Therefore, CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to award a majority of the grants to applicants who apply with women, gender non-conforming, or ALAANA composers.

 

To that end, CMA is creating the Composers Equity Project, a database of women, gender non-conforming, and ALAANA composers. The initial listing is available here. It will be updated on March 15, 2018.

 

Women, gender non-conforming, and ALAANA composers are also encouraged to contact CMA by March 13 to be included on the list for this round of applications. Composers will continue to be added throughout the year, even after this particular deadline has passed.

 

Commissions are funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional program support is provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Amphion Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University,
and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund
.

 


Apply for this grant

Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Presentation (pdf)

2018 Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

Residency Partnership Program

       
Application Deadline: 10/15/17

The Residency Partnership Program supports professional ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical, contemporary, and jazz chamber music through residency projects. The program funds activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series.

 

Community settings must be accessible to the specific audiences you plan to reach. Examples of community settings are classrooms, libraries, healthcare facilities, senior centers, and parks. The program does not support private lessons or coachings for K-12 students, or activities for college- or conservatory-level music students.

 

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work. CMA's goals in this program are, through the panel review process, to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of the ensembles' race, gender, and style of chamber music. Read CMA's Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

 

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

 


Application

Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Presentation (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

More Information

       

Staff Contacts:

Susan Dadian, program director, CMA Classical/Contemporary