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Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program

From Susan Dadian, program director, CMA Classical/Contemporary

Chamber Music America, the national network of ensemble music professionals provides grants through the Classical Commissioning Program 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.

Commission fees range from $5,000 to $20,000.  Applicants must be Chamber Music America members at the Organization level.  The new composition must be performed by the ensemble a minimum of three times in the U.S.

Since 1983, only 70 of the 205 commissions made through CMA’s Classical Commissioning program have been composed by women or ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) composers. The Board of Directors of Chamber Music America has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of the organization’s work. (Please read CMA’s Statement of Commitment.) CMA’s goal in this program is, through the panel review process, to award a majority of the grants to applicants who apply with women and ALAANA composers.

Therefore, CMA has created the Composer Equity Project, a database of ALAANA, Women and Gender Non-Conforming composers that is accessible on CMA’s website.  Applicants are encouraged to use this resource and become familiar with potential composers for a commission.

The Classical Commissioning deadline is April 29, 2018.

Click here for program information.

Please contact Susan Dadian, program director, CMA Classical/Contemporary for further information.

Classical Commissioning Program grants are made possible by generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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