Classical Commissioning Program

       

 

This application cycle is currently closed.

 

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. (Read CMA's Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.)

 

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

 

To that end, CMA has created the Composers Equity Project, a database of ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers. We encourage applicants to explore these composers and their work.

 

Composers will continue to be added to the database throughout the year. ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers are encouraged to submit their information to the Composers Equity Project.

 

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
.

 


Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

2019 Composers Equity Project Database

2019 Composers Equity Project Registration Form

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

Residency Partnership Program

       
Application Deadline: 10/18/19

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.

 

CMA’s Residency Program has experienced multiple variations since its inception in 1978. The current version, in place since 2003, will undergo several modifications to ensure that it continues to be relevant to our evolving chamber music community. Therefore, this cycle will be the final opportunity for CMA members to apply to the program in its current configuration. Guidelines for the new residency program will be available in summer 2020.

 

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)

Application Guide (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

Ensemble Forward

       
Application Deadline: 09/27/19

Chamber Music America’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.

 

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

 

This program is supported by the New York Community Trust.

 


Application

Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

 

       
             

More Information

       

Staff Contact:

Susan Dadian, program director, CMA Classical/Contemporary