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Chamber Music America: Classical Commissioning Program

Deadline: April 2, 2017

Chamber Music America’s (CMA’s) Classical Commissioning Program provides grants to U.S.-based presenters and professional contemporary classical and world music ensembles 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 new composition must be performed a minimum of three times in the U.S.

Amount: Grants range from $5,000-$20,000, depending on the length of the musical piece and the size of the ensemble. Additionally, each ensemble member receives a $1,000 honorarium for rehearsing the new piece, and grantees receive up to $1,000 to support copying costs.

Eligibility: Presenters and ensembles that are based in the U.S. or its territories and that are CMA organization-level members. Specifically:

A presenter is eligible if it:

  • Is a 501(c)(3) organization or otherwise eligible for charitable contributions for federal income, estate, and gift-tax purposes
  • Presents classical, contemporary, other music genres, and/or multi-disciplinary performing arts programs

An ensemble is eligible if it:

  • Is a professional group with a commitment to contemporary classical or world music (as demonstrated on a submitted work sample)
  • Consists of “fixed” personnel and instrumentation or is part of a flexible roster or a collective that performs in varying configurations of no more than 10
  • In the case of a duo, performs as equal partners, rather than as soloist and accompanist, and consistently publicizes itself as a duo
  • Has 501(c)(3) status, or the leader/primary member of the ensemble is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Additionally, the composer of the new work presented:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • May not have outstanding commitments to this commissioning program, or to CMA’s New Jazz Works
  • May be a member of the applicant’s ensemble
  • Is an individual, not a group
  • May not appear as a composer on more than one application to a CMA commissioning program—including New Jazz Works—for the period beginning July 1, 2017

Note: Ensembles may apply to either CMA’s 2017 Classical Commissioning or New Jazz Works program, but not both. Similarly, a composer may appear on only one application in either program. A presenter may submit only one application and apply with only one ensemble. However, a presenter’s venue may appear as a performance site on any number of applications submitted by ensembles.

Link: http://www.chamber-music.org/programs/classical/grants#l408

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