Chamber Music America is the national network for ensemble music professionals. Our members are thousands of individual musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, composers, educators and others in the national chamber music community.
Ends on April 29, 2018

Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Program provides grants for the commissioning and performance of new works by American composers to professional U.S.-based presenters and ensembles whose programming includes Western European and/or non-Western classical and contemporary music. 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. CMA seeks to fulfill its vision for the future, where people of all races, religions, genders, and abilities are able to fully participate in the performance, presentation, and enjoyment of the many styles of small ensemble music. CMA’s Board of Directors has adopted the acronym ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) for use in its equity focus.  Read CMA’s Statement of Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity.

Women and ALAANA composers have historically been under-represented in the Classical Commissioning Program.  Given its commitment to equitable grant making, CMA’s goal is to award a majority of the grants to ensembles and presenters who apply with women and ALAANA composers.


  • All applications must be complete 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. 

DEADLINE: April 29, 2018, Midnight, 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.
  • Prepare your attachments and name them as follows: Applicant Name—Type of Attachment (e.g., ABC Ensemble—Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Upload required files to online application.
  • When the application is complete, click “Submit.”
  • CMA will confirm receipt via email.
Program: Susan Dadian, (212) 242-2022, x102
Technical: Submittable Help