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Chamber Music America: New Jazz Works

Deadline: February 1, 2019

Chamber Music America’s (CMA’s) New Jazz Works program provides grants to jazz ensembles to create, perform, and record new works. The new work may be composed by the ensemble leader or a member of the ensemble. The new work must:

  • Be a new music piece of substantial length; the piece may be one extended work, or consist of multiple sections or movements
  • Be written for 2-10 musicians
  • Be scored for one musician per part
  • Result in a printed score, lead sheet, or other form of graphic notation
  • Feature improvisation

If the new work will be written as part of a multi-disciplinary project, it must also be a stand-alone work for performance.

CMA has made diversity, inclusion, and equity a primary focus of its 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. Therefore, CMA’s goal in the New Jazz Works program is to arrive at a final slate of grantees that is representative of the field in terms of race, gender, and style of jazz.

Applicable works are made up of the following categories:

  1. Core: Funding supports the creation of a new work, the work’s world premiere, and one additional performance. The two performances must take place in different venues in the United States or its territories. This core phase must be completed by December 31, 2020.
  2. Continued life: Funding supports either three public performances in different venues or two public performances in different venues plus a distribution-quality audio or video recording. Activities may take place in the U.S. and abroad. Continued Life phase begins after the completion of Core phase. Continued Life activities must be completed by June 30, 2022.
  3. Administrative support: Funding may be used at the grantee’s discretion to engage a booking agent to assist with scheduling performances, to help defray expenses associated with a recording of the new work, or for other administrative functions identified by the grantee. The Administrative Support phase must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Amount: Grant components and funding are made up of four components:

  1. Core: Funding of up to $19,000 is available, and includes a composer fee of $9,000 for writing the work and an ensemble honorarium of $1,000 per musician, including the composer if performing with the group.
  2. Continued life: Funding of $15,000 is available.
  3. Administrative support: Funding of up to $3,000 is available.
  4. CMA National Conference: The Foundation offers a complimentary registration for the ensemble leader to attend one CMA National Conference. Travel/hotel subsidies are available, on a limited basis, for ensemble leaders who live outside the New York metropolitan area. Must be used during the grant period: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022.

Eligibility: U.S. jazz ensembles that are:

  • Professional composer-led or collective jazz ensemble
  • Based in the U.S. or its territories, consist of 2–10 musicians; and the leader is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Include improvisation as an integral part of composition and performance
  • Are CMA organization-level members

The composer may be either the bandleader or a member of the ensemble. The composer is an individual and must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.

Link: https://www.chamber-music.org/programs/jazz/grants#l731

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