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In preparation for its 2021 National Conference CMA invites speakers to propose 75-minute sessions and workshops on a range of topics such as equitable practices among artists and organizations, trends in online audience engagement, innovations in digital technology and streaming services, or other topics relevant to the field.

Proposals should have clear objectives and tangible takeaways relevant to the ensemble music community. Proposals should not promote or sell products and/or services. 

In conjunction with CMA’s equity initiatives, consideration will be given only to session proposals whose panels are representative of the variety of races, genders, and abilities that comprise the professionals active in today’s chamber music field. 


Lecture or Panel Discussion (75-minute session with a single speaker, or panel with one moderator and up to three panelists)


The proposal must include:

  • session title and format;
  • short description of session deliverables;
  • proposed participant names as well as a 50-word biography and headshot for each participant;
  • special considerations or needs.

If a proposal is selected for presentation, the moderator will be responsible for organizing the session and must participate in one pre-conference orientation call with CMA staff.

NOTE: If your proposal is accepted, moderators and panelists will receive complimentary registration to the conference; please be advised that CMA does not reimburse any session participants for travel and/or accommodation expenses.

CMA will assign times and locations; publish the session description in the conference program; publish brief bios of session panelists; and, if live music is performed, provide a piano, standard drum kit, bass amp, chairs, and music stands as needed. 

DEADLINE: Friday, June 26, 2020, 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.
  • Upload required files to online application.
  • When the application is complete, click “Submit.”
  • CMA will confirm receipt via email.

Program: Chamber Music America

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