Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Chamber Music America offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for new works by American composers

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals, offers support to U.S.-based classical/contemporary ensembles, presenters and festivals for commissioning American composers to create new chamber works. 

CMA’s Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to U.S.-based presenters and professional contemporary classical and world music ensembles 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.

CMA’s Classical Commissioning Program grants are made for commissioning fees, copying costs and ensemble rehearsal honoraria. 

Compositions must be written for small ensembles (2 to 10 musicians) performing one to a part, and may represent a diverse musical spectrum, including contemporary art music, world music, and works that include electronics.

Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000.  Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level.

The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.

Program guidelines, online application and FAQs can be downloaded at the CMA website,  All CMA grant applications are submitted online.  Webinars for applicants will take place on March 9 and 21 at 1:00 PM (Eastern).  Click on either of these dates to RSVP.

Submissions must be received no later than Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Contact Susan Dadian, Program Director
CMA Classical/Contemporary
(212) 242-2022, ext. 102

The Classical Commissioning Program is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund.

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