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/Middle Eastern, 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.
- 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 applicant serves as the main contact for the application and the grant if funded.
GUIDELINES and FAQs
DEADLINE: April 23, 2021, 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 a backup.
- Prepare your attachments and name them as follows: Applicant Name—Type of Attachment (e.g., ABC Ensemble - Memorandum of Understanding)
- Upload the required files to the online application.
- When the application is complete, click “Submit.”
- CMA will confirm receipt via email.
Program: Susan Dadian, (212) 242-2022, x102
Membership: Geysa Castro, (212) 242-2022, x114
Technical: Submittable Help