Tools of the Trade

CMA offers an array of resources to the jazz community, helping professionals build and sustain their careers in ensemble music.

Seminars and Workshops

First Tuesdays

Each workshop in this free series—on practical subjects ranging from contract negotiations to the use of new media—is presented by an expert in the field and recorded for download on CMA’s website. The sessions are held in New York City on the first Tuesday of each month, October to June. more_blue.png


The First Tuesdays series, presented in collaboration with Midtown Arts Common and St. Peter’s Church, is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Recordings of the seminars are offered online to CMA members free of charge through the generosity of the MetLife Foundation.

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Regional Events

CMA offers seminars and career consultations—as well as networking events and ensemble showcases—at regional booking conferences and other events around the country.  more_blue.png

National Conference

The annual gathering of the country’s ensemble music community is an unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues, explore fresh perspectives on professional issues, and hear performances and showcases by emerging and renowned jazz, classical, and crossover artists. The conference is held every January at The Westin New York at Times Square, New York City.  more_blue.png


Telephone or in-person appointments with CMA’s professional staff are important resources for members. more_blue.png

Consultations also take place at regional and national conferences throughout the year.


Both Chamber Music, CMA’s bimonthly magazine, and CMA Matters, a quarterly professional development bulletin, publish articles on topics of interest to musicians and presenters.