Chamber Music America is the national network for ensemble music professionals. Our members are thousands of individual musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, composers, educators and others in the national chamber music community.

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 Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work. CMA seeks to fulfill its vision for the future, where people of all races, religions, genders, and abilities are able to fully participate in the performance, presentation, and enjoyment of the many styles of small ensemble music. CMA’s Board of Directors has adopted the acronym ALAANA (African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab/Middle Eastern, and Native American) for use in its equity focus. Read CMA’s Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

ALAANA and women composers have historically been under-represented in the Classical Commissioning Program. Given its commitment to equitable grant making, CMA’s goal is to award a majority of the grants to ensembles and presenters who apply with ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers. 

To help ensembles become familiar with these artists, CMA has compiled a database of ALAANA, women, and gender non-conforming composers who have expressed interest in creating new work for classical/contemporary chamber ensembles.


  • All applications must be complete and submitted by the deadline using the online system. 
  • The composer and any guest artists must be confirmed at the time application.
  • The applicant serves as the main contact for the application and the grant, if funded.  


DEADLINE: April 5, 2019, 9:00 PM, ET


  • Create a free Submittable account or log-in to your existing Submittable account.
  • You may type directly into the online form or draft your responses in an offline document and cut/paste your information into the online application.
  • To save the work you have done on your application, you must click the "Save Draft" button at the bottom of the form before exiting. You may return to your saved application to continue working on it by following the log-in instructions. Submittable maintains your draft for 21 days. CMA recommends that you also save your draft in an offline document as backup.
  • Prepare your attachments and name them as follows: Applicant Name—Type of Attachment (e.g., ABC Ensemble—Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Upload required files to online application.
  • When the application is complete, click “Submit.”
  • CMA will confirm receipt via email.


Program: Susan Dadian, (212) 242-2022, x102

Membership: Geysa Castro, (212) 242-2022, x114 

Technical: Submittable Help

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