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Member Types & Benefits

Membership in Chamber Music America gives you access to a wide range of services, special offers, and discounts, which correlate with the type of membership you choose.

Membership Categories
Professional Opportunities
Online Resources and Publications
Access and Discounts


 Membership Categories



For a complete list of benefits please contact Geysa Castro, CMA's Membership Manager at membership@chamber-music.org.


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Professional Opportunities

CMA supports members through grants, awards, and professional development opportunities.

 

Grants

CMA's 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. NOTE: This cycle will be the final opportunity for CMA members to apply to the program in its current configuration. A restructured residency program will be launched in FY2021.

 

CMA'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.

 

CMA's New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and if desired, record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or another member of the ensemble.

 

Presenter Consortium for Jazz provides support to consortiums of three U. S. presenters that collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles (consisting of 2-10 musicians each) to perform at each presenter’s venue. Incentives are available to each consortium partner that invites one of the CMA New Jazz Works grantee ensembles to perform its entire CMA commission.

 

CMA's Performance Plus program provides grants to U.S. based female-led jazz ensembles to engage an experienced jazz artist-educator for six evaluative listening sessions with the goal of enhancing the ensemble’s performance. The listening sessions will culminate in a recording session resulting in a high-quality demo for use by the grantee ensemble.

 

CMA's Ensemble Forward program is a pilot initiative for young ensembles that perform Western European classical and contemporary chamber music, and are based in the five boroughs of New York City. CMA will provide grant funds for the ensembles to work with established chamber music coaches to help them develop their distinctive ensemble sound; make information resources available for building their careers; and create networking opportunities to enlarge their professional circles.

 

Organization-level membership is required for all applicants. This does not apply to applicants to Ensemble Forward.

 

Awards

CMA recognizes extraordinary achievement in the chamber music field though the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, the Visionary Award, the Cleveland Quartet Award, and CMAcclaim.

 

 

CMA program staff is also available for consultations by appointment.

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Online Services and Publications

Website

 

Ensembles, Presenters, Festivals, Professional Musician, Composer, and Educator members can post concerts and events to the CMA national calendar, upload audio files, embed YouTube videos, list new recording releases, and create an online profile.

 

Business members can create an online profile and post news about their latest projects.

 

Chamber Music Magazine

All members receive a subscription to CMA's quarterly print magazine, Chamber Music. The magazine includes features, essays, excerpts of CMA-commissioned ensemble music, news relevant to the chamber music field, and regular columns emerging technologies, collaboration, and more.

 

 

Membership Directory

Published every year as a supplement to the Fall issue of Chamber Music magazine, the annual directory is a 300-page compendium and resource book for the U.S. ensemble music community. It lists all of CMA's member ensembles, professional musicians, presenters, festivals, training programs, businesses, educators, composes, and advocates. Organizations and Professional Musician/Educators have the option to add biographical information and a publicity photo.

 

Listings in the printed membership directory are generated from current members’ online profiles. Members have the opportunity to review their printed listing, via email, before publication.


Directory of Festivals, Schools, and Workshops
An advance guide to the spring and summer chamber music season, this directory is published each year as a supplement to the Spring issue of Chamber Music magazine and is available online in PDF format.

 

Ensemble, presenter, festival, and training institution members are contacted via email each fall and invited to list their seasonal programs for the following year in this directory at no additional charge.


Accent E-newsletter
Every week, members receive Accent, an e-newsletter featuring member news, upcoming CMA events, listings of opportunities in the chamber music field, and other industry-related topics.

 

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 Access and Discounts

Your CMA membership gives you access to a wide range of services, special offers, and discounts.


ArtsReady Membership

Chamber Music America members receive 50% off their first annual Premium Membership to ArtsReady, the web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability. ArtsReady memberships are currently $300; CMA members pay $150 for the first year.

 

CMA National Conference

Members attending the annual National Conference receive a significant discount on registration fees.

 

Clarion Instrument & Recording Equipment Insurance
Clarion Associates, Inc. offers U.S.-based CMA members discounts on new policies.  Clarion offers extensive protection for musical instruments and recording equipment, as well as performance liability insurance at competitive rates.

 

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