Full Guidelines can be viewed on the Classical Commissioning web page.

Applications due Thursday, May 16, 2024, 11:59 PM ET
Application opens Monday, April 1, 2024

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.

Chamber Music America encourages commissions by emerging and mid-career composers.

The Classical Commissioning program is funded by Chamber Music America, with additional program support provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, the Amphion Foundation, the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, and the CMA Endowment Fund

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, equity, and inclusion a primary focus of the organization’s work. CMA encourages applications for projects that engage a broad spectrum of diversity. (Read CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.)

Additionally, 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. (View the Composers Equity Project resource.)


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

DEADLINE: May 16, 2024, 11:59 PM ET 

Program Support: For more info contact: Susan Dadian, Associate Director of Grant Programs, sdadian@chambermusicamerica.org

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Current Grant Department Office Hours: 

  • Tuesday: 1 PM- 3PM
  • Wednesday: 10AM – 12PM

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