Ends on May 15, 2017

Chamber Music America’s 40th Anniversary Conference Committee invites CMA members to propose 75-minute sessions and workshops in one of the following two categories:

Sessions in the Fundamentals category will focus on acquiring or updating essential skills for today’s performing arts environment. Examples of Fundamentals sessions are “Designing a Fundraising Campaign for Individual Giving,” or “Using Social Media to Market Your Concert Series.”

New Trends
Sessions in the New Trends category will introduce broad topics that may be presented from the perspective of a specific innovation that has been effectively utilized, or through opposing viewpoints that will generate further discussion.  Examples of New Trends sessions are “Defining Musical Genre,” or “The Role of Equity in Programming.”

Among the topic areas on which Fundamentals and New Trends sessions may be focused are:

  • Artistic Creativity/Programming/Relationships
  • Audience Engagement/Community Building
  • Audience Research
  • Board Succession/Leadership
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Residencies/Creative Placemaking
  • Fundraising/Donor Stewardship
  • Interdisciplinary Work
  • Networking/Collaboration
  • Marketing/Branding/Public Relations
  • Music and Social Action
  • Websites, Social Media, and Digital Communications
NOTE: Proposals should not promote or sell products and/or services.


Lecture or Panel Discussion (75-minute session with a single speaker or panel with one moderator and up to 4 panelists)


The proposal must include:
  • session title and format;
  • short description of session deliverables;
  • proposed participant names and a 50-word biography 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: Monday, May 15, 2017, Midnight, ET

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Program: Gina Izzo, (212) 242-2022, x110
Technical: Submittable Knowledgebase

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