February 9, 2023, 11:59 PM ET

Grant Notification

April 2023

Grant Period

April 1, 2023-September 30, 2024

A component of the Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project, the Performance Plus program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Chamber Music America’s Performance Plus program recognizes the contributions and diversity of perspectives that U.S.-based gender minorities and women bring to the field of jazz. The program provides grants to U.S.-based gender minority and women-led jazz ensembles to engage an experienced jazz coach for six coaching sessions with the goal of further developing the ensemble’s performance. The coaching sessions will culminate in a recording session resulting in a high-quality demo for use by the jazz ensemble.

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 racial diversity, as well as the aesthetic range of jazz. Read about CMA's Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

To submit an application

  • Go to and click on “Performance Plus.”
  • Complete all required fields, including text boxes, the Funding Request, and Audio Sample information.
  • Prepare your audio samples and MOU attachment.
  • Save audio files as: Ensemble Name-Audio 1 and Ensemble Name-Audio 2; acceptable file types: mp3, m4a.
  • Upload the audio files and MOU to the application.
  • When complete, sign and date your application.
  • Click “Submit” to send application to CMA; you will receive a confirmation email.



José R. Feliciano, Director of Grant Programs

Technical: Submittable Help Center

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, and has adopted the acronym ALAANA (African/Black, Latinx, Asian/South Asian, Arab, and Native American) for use in its equity focus.  Read CMA’s Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

Women and ALAANA composers have historically been under-represented as Classical Commissioning program grantees. To help applicants 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. The Composers Equity Project can be found on CMA’s website.

CMA’s goal, through its panel process, is to arrive at a final slate of grantees whose composers are representative of the field in terms of race, gender, and contemporary style. Applicants are presented anonymously to panelists who, through multiple rounds, review submitted sound samples only, and make their selections without knowing the identities or demographics of the ensembles and composers.

Grants made through this program are funded through the generosity of The Mellon Foundation.


  • 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: March 30, 2023, 11:59 PM ET


  • Create a free Submittable account or log-in to your existing Submittable account.
  • Prepare your attachments and name them as indicated on the application.
  • Upload required files to online application.
  • When the application is complete, click “Submit.”
  • CMA will confirm receipt via email.

Program: Susan Dadian, Grant Programs Officer, or (212) 242-2022, x102  
Membership: Geysa Castro, Director of Membership Services,
Technical: Submittable Help

Chamber Music America