Special Reports

Sound Places: A Creative Placemaking Toolkit for Musicians

Sound Places: A Creative Placemaking Toolkit for MusiciansSound Places: A Creative Placemaking Toolkit for Musicians: In 2016, Chamber Music America (CMA) received an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to pilot the Sound Places program, which would introduce creative placemaking to the chamber music field, and disseminate the knowledge gained and lessons learned through this pilot to ensembles and presenters in order for them to further engage in this work in their own communities.


A Guide to Flying with Musical Instruments

A Guide to Flying with Musical InstrumentsA Guide to Flying with Musical Instruments: Ongoing changes to security measures at U.S. airports and revised airline policies impact the ability of musicians to carry their instruments in-cabin. Compiled in this report is important information designed to help you keep your instrument safe on its way to your destination.


American Masterpieces: Chamber Music

American MasterpiecesAmerican Masterpieces: In 2007, Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts launched American Masterpieces: Chamber Music, a three-year initiative designed to spotlight important chamber works by American composers via performances and residencies. Chamber Music magazine profiled composers, highlighted and analyzed individual works, and created a comprehensive calendar of all the concerts and repertoire performed by the initiative’s grantees. These materials are collected here.


National Conversations in the Jazz and Classical/Contemporary Chamber Music

In 2011-2012, CMA commissioned two reports assessing the local and national environments and the economic conditions affecting the classical/contemporary and jazz fields of small ensemble music:

National Conversations in the Jazz FieldNational Conversations in the Jazz Field: A comprehensive report on the current landscape of small ensemble Jazz in America, featuring assessments of: the local and national jazz communities, the changing economics of jazz, the role of technology, and the growing field of entrepreneurs; as well as recommendations for future initiatives. Research made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

National Conversations in the Classical/Contemporary Chamber Music FieldNational Conversations in the Classical/Contemporary Chamber Music Field: Featuring assessments of: the local and national chamber music communities, efforts towards building community through technology, the economics of chamber music, and the 'do-it-yourself' model of chamber music performance; as well as recommendations for future initiatives. Research made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.