Since its inception, Chamber Music America has defined chamber music as music for small ensembles between two and ten musicians, with one musician per part, generally without a conductor. This broad interpretation of chamber music includes many different styles—classical, contemporary, jazz, and folk, from Eastern, Western, Indigenous, Latin American, and African traditions—and encourages artists to find a home and a network of colleagues and collaborators in Chamber Music America. 

Artistic Projects was created to offer opportunities for small ensembles and presenters, with operating budgets under $250,000, to bring their creative ideas to completion and to compensate artists appropriately for their work. The projects funded through this program will represent the artistic visions, concepts, and priorities of the applicants, regardless of musical genre or style. Projects may include performances, recordings, new compositions, and residencies among other artist-generated ideas. If the proposed project is interdisciplinary, small ensemble music must be at the centerpiece of the work and not serve as an accompaniment to another discipline. 

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work. Through the panel review process, CMA hopes to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender, and musical style. Read CMA’s Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

All activities must take place within the boroughs of New York City between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Applicants and their primary collaborators (if applicable: presenters, ensembles, composers) may be part of only one Artistic Projects application per grant period.

Before completing this application, please read the PROGRAM GUIDELINES carefully.

DEADLINE: Friday, September 24, 2021, 9:00 PM ET


TO APPLY:

  1. Create a free Submittable account or log in to your existing account.
  2. To fill out the application, you may type directly into the Submittable form or draft your responses in a separate document (e.g. MS Word, Google Docs, or Pages) and copy and paste them into the application. Note: You must select Applicant Type (Ensemble or Presenter) to access all of the relevant questions on your application. 
  3. To save your work, you must click the "Save Draft" button at the bottom of the form before logging out or closing the browser window. You may access your application draft by signing into your Submittable account. Your draft will be saved until you click "Submit" or until the application deadline passes. Save a backup of your responses in a separate document.
  4. Complete all required fields and upload all required files and audio samples into the application. Incomplete applications will not be eligible for panel review.  
  5. When the application is complete, click “Submit.” Submit your application in advance of the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  6. You will receive a confirmation email from Submittable once your application has been submitted successfully. If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

SUPPORT:


Chamber Music America’s Ensemble Forward program is an initiative for emerging ensembles that perform Western European classical and contemporary chamber music and are based in the five boroughs of New York City. The program provides funds for the ensembles to work with established chamber music coaches to help them develop their distinctive ensemble sound; make resources available for building their careers; and create opportunities to expand their professional network.

The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization's work. CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race and gender. Read about CMA's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Ensemble Coach must be confirmed at the time of application and a Memorandum of Understanding must be signed between the Ensemble and the proposed Coach. If you are seeking assistance in identifying a coach for your ensemble, kindly contact the CMA program team at gshinde@chamber-music.org.
  • The administrative leader for the Ensemble serves as the main contact for the application.
  • All applications must be submitted using this online application.
  • See guidelines for full eligibility requirements.
     

GUIDELINES and FAQs

DEADLINE: October 8, 2021, 9:00 PM ET; Late submissions will not be accepted

TO APPLY:

  • Create a free Submittable account or sign in to your existing Submittable account.
  • You may type directly into this online form, or draft your responses offline as a backup, then copy and paste your information into the online application (using Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, Google Docs, etc).
  • Upload required files to online form.
  • 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. CMA recommends that you also save your draft in an offline document as backup.
  • When the application is complete, click “Submit.”
  • CMA will confirm receipt of your application via email.

 SUPPORT:
 Program: Gargi Shindé, gshinde@chamber-music.org
 Technical: Submittable Help

Chamber Music America