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 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)

2020 Composers Equity Project Database

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

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Residency Partnership Program

       

This application cycle is currently closed.

 

Chamber Music America’s Residency Program has experienced multiple variations since the program’s inception in 1978. The Residency Partnership Program, in place since 2003, is undergoing modifications to ensure that it will continue to be relevant to our evolving chamber music community. The 2019 deadline was the final opportunity to apply to the Residency Partnership Program in its existing form.


As soon as new Guidelines and Application materials are available, they will be posted. Please check back periodically.


Thank you.


Grant Recipients

 

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Ensemble Forward

       
Application Deadline: 10/16/20

 

Chamber Music America’s Ensemble Forward program is an 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 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