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Deadline: October 18, 2019

Chamber Music America: Residency Partnership Grants

The Chamber Music America (CMA) Partnership Program supports professional ensembles and presenters in building audiences for small ensemble music through residency projects. The program funds activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. Community settings must be accessible to the specific audiences the applicant plans to reach, such as those in classrooms, libraries, healthcare facilities, senior centers, and parks. The program does not support musical instruction, coachings, or master classes for K-12 and college- or conservatory-level music students.

Residency partners are defined as follows:

  • Organizing Partners may be a presenter or ensemble. This partner submits the application and is responsible for planning and directing the residency.
  • Ensemble Partner are musicians that carry out the residency activities. They may may also be the Organizing Partner.
  • Community Partners are a local entity, such as a healthcare facility, community center, library, youth club, school, senior center, business, park, shopping center, etc. These partners host project activities, provide audiences, and promote the residency to its constituents.

Amount: Grant support of up to $6,000 is available; residencies must take place within a one-month period.

Eligibility: Presenter applicants – To apply as an Organizing Partner, a presenter must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) organization or otherwise eligible for charitable contributions for federal income, estate, and gift-tax purposes

Ensemble applicants – To apply as an Organizing Partner, or to take part as an Ensemble Partner, an ensemble must:

  • Consist of 2–10 professional musicians, one musician per part
  • If a classical or contemporary music ensemble, perform with “fixed” instrumentation and personnel; or be a subset of a collective or flexible roster that performs in configurations of up to 10 musicians; or—if a duo—perform as equal partners rather than soloist and accompanist, and consistently publicize itself as a duo
  • If a jazz ensemble, be a composer-led group or a collective that includes improvisation as an integral part of its composition and performance
  • Have 501(c)(3) status, or the leader/primary member of the ensemble must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Both Organizing and Ensemble Partners must:

  • Be based in the U.S. or its territories
  • Be CMA Organization-level members
  • Have no overdue reports or financial obligations to CMA and no unfinished CMA-sponsored residency projects
  • Not have received or participated in a CMA residency grant in the 2017-18 cycle
  • Not be a current grantee in the 2018-19 cycle

Note: when an Ensemble is awarded a grant—whether it is the Organizing or Ensemble Partner—it must provide a copy of one of the following: 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt determination letter or a document demonstrating the leader/primary ensemble member’s U.S. citizenship or permanent residency—a valid U.S. passport or U.S. birth certificate, a Report of Birth Abroad form (FS-240), USCIS certificate of citizenship or naturalization, or permanent resident/green card.

Community Partners:

  • Are not required to be CMA members
  • Need not have experience in presenting music

Link: https://www.chamber-music.org/programs/classical/grants#l407

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