Ensemble Forward

       
Applications Due: 10/08/21

 

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

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

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Classical Commissioning Program

       

The application 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)

Composers Equity Project Database

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

Artistic Projects

       

This application cycle is currently closed.


Since its inception, Chamber Music America has defined chamber music as music for small ensembles between two and ten musicians, with one musician per part, generally without a conductor. This broad interpretation of chamber music includes many different styles—classical, contemporary, jazz, and folk, from Eastern, Western, Indigenous, Latin American, and African traditions—and encourages artists to find a home and a network of colleagues and collaborators in Chamber Music America.


Artistic Projects was created to offer opportunities for small ensembles and presenters, based in the five boroughs of New York City with operating budgets under $250,000, to bring their creative ideas to completion and to compensate artists appropriately for their work. The projects funded through this program will represent the artistic visions, concepts, and priorities of the applicants, regardless of musical genre or style. Projects may include performances, recordings, new compositions, and residencies among other artist-generated ideas. If the proposed project is interdisciplinary, small ensemble music must be at the centerpiece of the work and not serve as an accompaniment to another discipline.


Through the panel review process, CMA hopes to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender and musical style. Learn more about CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

 

Supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation

 


Guidelines (pdf)

Application Guide (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

 

Staff Contact:

Gargi Shindé, Director of Grant Programs


 

       
             

Digital Residency Program

       

This application cycle is currently closed.


The COVID-19 pandemic forced the abrupt closure of performance venues across the country and the immediate loss of income for chamber music artists, presenters, and managers. The innovation and creativity of the profession prevailed, however, and small ensemble music began to be heard on multiple digital platforms within the first several weeks of the pandemic’s arrival.


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. It is not intended to be a long-term program; artists’ engagement with communities in person and in settings beyond the traditional concert hall remain the hallmark of CMA’s residency programs. However, in a time when social distancing prohibits the ideal residency situation, reaching communities digitally has become an essential alternative.


Unlike other CMA grant programs, the Digital Residency Program has a short, six-month grant period. Fulfillment of the required events will be through streamed or livestreamed presentations only. It is anticipated that in-person performances will, in part, return to venues by spring 2022 and the field’s priority will be focused on resuming live concert activity.


Through the panel review process, CMA hopes to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender and musical style. Learn more about CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

 

Supported by the Chamber Music America Residency Endowment Fund

 


Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

       
             

More Information

       

Staff Contact:

Gargi Shindé, Director of Grant Programs