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Chamber Music America: Residency Partnership Program

Deadline: October 30, 2015

Chamber Music America’s (CMA’s) Residency Partnership Program supports ensembles and presenters in building audiences for classical/contemporary, jazz, and world chamber music through residency projects.  Funding is intended for activities that take place in community settings and that are not part of a regular concert series. Activities may include, but are not limited to, interactive or audience engagement programs in classrooms (preschool through high school), libraries, hospitals, senior centers, or other community venues. The program does not support music activities intended for college- or conservatory-level music students. The length of the residencies ranges from a minimum of three days to one year.

Amount: There are two types of grants, depending on length of project activities:

  • Short term: $2,500-$6,000 for 3-9 activities taking place over at least three consecutive or separate days within a month.
  • Extended projects: $5,000-$12,000 for 10 or more activities taking place over more than one month and up to one year.

Grants support up to 75 percent of expenses directly connected to the project. The balance must be drawn from other sources, such as cash from other grants, earned income, or an allocation from the organization’s general operating funds.

Eligibility: The Organizing Partner – a presenter or an ensemble – submits the application and is responsible for planning and directing the residency. The Ensemble Partner collaborates on the project plan and carries out the music activities. (An ensemble may act as both Organizing and Ensemble Partner.) Community Partners are local organizations that host project activities and provide audiences. Projects must take place in the U.S. or its territories.

To apply, a Presenter must be a 501(c)(3) organization or otherwise eligible for charitable contributions for federal income, estate and gift-tax purposes and be a CMA Organization-level member. An Ensemble must consist of 2-10 professional musicians, one musician per part; if a classical/contemporary or world 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 and publicize itself as a duo; if a jazz ensemble, be a composer-led group or 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 be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident; be a CMA Organization-level member.

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

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