Artistic Projects

       
Application Deadline: 09/24/21

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

 


Application

Guidelines (pdf)

Application Workshops (Google Forms)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

       
             

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

 


Application

Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Application Workshops (Google Forms)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

       
             

New Jazz Works

       

This application cycle is currently closed.

 

Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works program provides grants to U.S. jazz ensembles to create, perform, and record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or a member of the ensemble. Since 2000, CMA has commissioned 250 original jazz works.

 

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work. New Jazz Works seeks a diverse group of applicants based on race and gender self-identification. CMA’s goal, through its panel process, is to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender and style of jazz. Applicants are presented anonymously to panelists who, through multiple rounds, review submitted sound samples only. Learn more about CMA's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

 

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, the New Jazz Works Program
is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 


Guidelines (pdf)

Application Guide (pdf)

Apply for this grant

FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

Performance Plus

       

This application cycle is currently closed.


Chamber Music America’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.


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 style of jazz. Read CMA's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

 

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, the Performance Plus Program
is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 


Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Application Guide (pdf)

Database of Artist-Educators

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

Presenter Consortium for Jazz

       

This application cycle is currently closed.

 

In response to the needs of our presenter community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Presenter Consortium for Jazz program invites applications for digital presentations only. The program 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 stream or livestream performances to each presenter’s audience. Incentives are available to each Consortium member that invites one of the 250 CMA New Jazz Works grantee ensembles to perform its entire CMA commission.

 

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 the race, gender and jazz style of the ensembles that the consortium partners have chosen to present. Read CMA's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

 

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project,
Presenter Consortium for Jazz is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 


Application

Guidelines (pdf)

FAQs (pdf)

Grant Application Workshop Schedule (pdf)

Application Guide (pdf)

Recent Panelists (pdf)

Grant Recipients

 

Manage Your Grant

       
             

More Information

       

Staff Contact:

Gargi Shindé, Program Director, CMA Jazz