CMA members commission new works, reach out to new audiences with imaginative programming, and serve as cultural ambassadors in their communities.

Grants and Awards Recipients

CMA members commission new works, reach out to new audiences with imaginative programming, and serve as cultural ambassadors in their communities.


Ensemble Forward

Please note: Application cycle is currently closed.


Chamber Music America’s Ensemble Forward program provides grant funds to young ensembles based in New York City that perform Western European classical and contemporary music to work with an established chamber music coach with the purpose of developing their ensemble sound. CMA will also make career-building information resources available and create networking opportunities for the ensemble grantees.


This program is supported by the New York Community Trust.

Digital Residency Program

The Digital Residency Program has been created to assist musicians and presenters in maintaining relationships with their audiences, fans, and followers during and immediately following the pandemic

Supported by the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund

Residency Partnership Program

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.

Classical Commissioning Program

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.

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


Visionary Award

Chamber Music America’s Board of Directors created the Visionary Award to recognize ensemble music professionals who have led the field in creative thinking and innovation.


The annual CMAcclaim award brings national recognition to individuals, ensembles, presenters and other organizations whose chamber music activities have had a significant cultural impact in their locality or region. 

CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming

From 1987 to 2016, Chamber Music America and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) jointly recognized 285 ensembles, presenters, and festivals from across the country with the CMA/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for innovative approaches to presenting contemporary music for small ensembles.

Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award

Outstanding individuals in the ensemble music field (from Rudolf Serkin and Alice Tully to Billy Taylor and the members of the Juilliard String Quartet) have received CMA’s National Service Award. Named in honor of CMA’s visionary board chairman Richard J. Bogomolny, the award has been presented annually since 1980 to those who have made lasting, significant contributions to chamber music. 

Cleveland Quartet Award

Established in 1995 by the members of the Cleveland Quartet and eight CMA presenters, the biennial Cleveland Quartet Award honors an outstanding young string quartet and offers opportunities to perform at major venues during a two-year period. 


Supported by the Cleveland Quartet Award Endowment Fund